China: Give us development space

Chian’s need for development rights in view of climate change:

China said Tuesday it was working hard to increase its use of renewable energy, but needs to be given some leeway in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gasses.
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“I hope the international media will give us some development rights, some development space and not overly blame us,” said Chen Deming, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top planning agency.
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However, Chen said China shouldn’t be held overly accountable because its has only recently become a major producer, contributing just 9 percent of global CO2 emissions between 1950-2000. China’s per-capita rate of CO2 production also remains low given its population of 1.3 billion, he said.

Chen also reiterated a goal of producing 15 percent of total energy supplies from renewable sources such as wind, hydropower and biofuels by 2020.

A similar argument can be made for India. Thomas Schelling made a strong argument for current economic growth and development as the adaptation plan for developing countries. (Check this link and go down the article where he mentions Singapore)

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