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 Chinaâ€™s National Development and Reform Commission, who said,
“â€œTechnology and finance should be taken up in discussionsâ€
Similar positions have been taken by China in documents on climate change,Â for example,Â in iCET’s soon-to-be published Background and StrategyÂ on Low-Carbon Fuel StandardsÂ for ChinaÂ report, where China’s Developemnt and Reform CommissionÂ notesÂ that ChinaÂ hasÂ inÂ factÂ beenÂ promisedÂ technology andÂ capital by westernÂ countriesÂ inÂ orderÂ to dealÂ with climate change, andÂ this willÂ beÂ central in futureÂ negotiationsÂ on climate change.
The Prime Minister,Â on theÂ otherÂ hand,Â isÂ contentÂ to tryÂ to useÂ his (inÂ comparison to China) small-timeÂ weight toÂ bully ChinaÂ intoÂ cutting emissions.Â Â Frankly,Â it’s justÂ notÂ going to work.Â Â China has hundredsÂ ofÂ millionsÂ of people stillÂ earningÂ less than $2Â aÂ day,Â who needÂ jobs toÂ survive.Â Â Paying big bucks for proprietaryÂ technology from theÂ west, or for R&DÂ inÂ new productsÂ in ChinaÂ isn’tÂ highÂ on theÂ priority list.
If Prime Minister HarperÂ andÂ hisÂ cabinetÂ are trulyÂ interestedÂ in ChinaÂ cuttingÂ its emissions, theyÂ hadÂ betterÂ start, like Japan, atÂ steppingÂ upÂ to the plate andÂ making sureÂ technology andÂ capitalÂ for decreasting GHGÂ emissions makes itsÂ way to China.Â Â It isÂ politically unpalatable, butÂ in termsÂ of practical solutions, it might justÂ be whatÂ weÂ need.
OrÂ howÂ about like IÂ postedÂ before, getting Chinese engineers and labourersÂ in CanadaÂ constructing Canada’s GHG emissionsÂ reductionÂ infrastructure – i.e. CCSÂ pipelinesÂ in Alberta?Â Â Canada getsÂ the cheapÂ labour, China gets free accessÂ to technology andÂ upgrades it’sÂ labour skills.
I dareÂ ya, PM Harper!