We can talk until we are blue in the face about carbon emissions, climate change, and global warming, but when it comes to addressing the worst abuser, well, that would be us, the United States of America. Reading The Hill’s Overnight: Energy report, Gina McCarthy, EPA chief said that we must lead the way in talks with China.
Here is the deal. China is racing to keep pace in economic development, and is doing a very good job of that. Just like the USA, they are abusing the environment, taking a slice out of the planet’s air supply for short term gains at home.
We should have known better, but driven by capitalists who have no conscience for social and environmental needs, we achieved greatness at the expense of environmental quality. Now, China does know the situation, but they argue that we achieved success by abusing the environment so why should they not have an equal advantage?
The answer to China is that America and other developed nations committed too much damage, and China cannot add more because the planet cannot take it. They know that.
The best approach is for the two giant trading partners to develop clean approaches to fueling their economies:
- Renewable energy
- Clean coal technology
- Sustainable economic models
Addressing the problem together is a far better approach than taunting one another about remote islands in the China sea, for instance.
“WHAT WE HAVE HERE ISN'T A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE: On the eve of Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy's trip to China, the administrator said the U.S. must lead the way on talks because it is one of the world's top carbon emitters.
At a discussion hosted by the liberal Center for American Progress on Monday, McCarthy said the U.S. and China should be key leaders in international climate talks.
The agency plans to help China tackle its air pollution challenges and said the two countries can learn from each other.
"It is not about a level of commitment, it is about an appropriate levee of engagement," McCarthy said about U.S. relations with China on black carbon, methane and traditional pollutants.
McCarthy also noted that the EPA would foster conversation with states on carbon emissions standards for existing power plants, which should be proposed come June.”