Harper barking up wrong climate change tree

I’ve been on haitus, having spent 2 weeks perparing for performing in the China premier of the musical “Oliver,” based on the story of Oliver Twist, directed by Kemin Zhang. As it was an amateur production, we only had time for 4 shows, but managed to sell at elast 1500 tickets in total. What a blast!

In my last post, Stephen Harper was trying to persuade European countries to put more pressure on China and India. Well, seems that Japan has figured out a better way to pique China’s interests that may have Stephen Harper realizing he’s just spewed a lot (more!) of hot air.

The Blog, China Environmental Law, noted last week that China and Japan were cozying up based on a relationship where Japan could start transferring technology and capital to China for the purposes of dealing with CO2 emissions. He quoted Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, who said,

““Technology and finance should be taken up in discussions”

Similar positions have been taken by China in documents on climate change, for example, in iCET’s soon-to-be published Background and Strategy on Low-Carbon Fuel Standards for China report, where China’s Developemnt and Reform Commission notes that China has in fact been promised technology and capital by western countries in order to deal with climate change, and this will be central in future negotiations on climate change.

The Prime Minister, on the other hand, is content to try to use his (in comparison to China) small-time weight to bully China into cutting emissions.  Frankly, it’s just not going to work.  China has hundreds of millions of people still earning less than $2 a day, who need jobs to survive.  Paying big bucks for proprietary technology from the west, or for R&D in new products in China isn’t high on the priority list.

If Prime Minister Harper and his cabinet are truly interested in China cutting its emissions, they had better start, like Japan, at stepping up to the plate and making sure technology and capital for decreasting GHG emissions makes its way to China.  It is politically unpalatable, but in terms of practical solutions, it might just be what we need.

Or how about like I posted before, getting Chinese engineers and labourers in Canada constructing Canada’s GHG emissions reduction infrastructure – i.e. CCS pipelines in Alberta?  Canada gets the cheap labour, China gets free access to technology and upgrades it’s labour skills.

I dare ya, PM Harper!

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