Yesterday the Globe and Mail reported that Stephen Harper will be meeting with European leaders both in large meetings and privately to convince them to pressure China and India to “level the playing field” of development and climate change.
1. Doesn’t understandÂ theÂ bredthÂ of policy development goingÂ onÂ in China rightÂ now – isÂ thisÂ reflectingÂ on the workÂ ofÂ the CanadianÂ embassyÂ in China?Â Â WhyÂ can’t heÂ beÂ betterÂ informed…unlessÂ he’s doingÂ thisÂ solely forÂ politicalÂ reasons.
2.Â Â ChinaÂ and CanadaÂ actuallyÂ haveÂ a lotÂ in common, especially dirty energy (especiallyÂ in Alberta). Â ChinaÂ does useÂ aÂ higher proportionÂ ofÂ coal toÂ powerÂ its electricity economy but…
Anyway, bothÂ areÂ interestedÂ in Carbon CaptureÂ and StorageÂ technology.Â Â AlbertaÂ has a long-term planÂ to developÂ thisÂ – atÂ theÂ sameÂ time, AlbertaÂ hasÂ a hugeÂ labourÂ shortage.Â Â China alsoÂ has long-termÂ interestsÂ in developing CCS.Â Â WorkingÂ togetherÂ would certainlyÂ benefitÂ both partiesÂ inÂ so manyÂ differentÂ ways.Â Â So, why doesn’t CanadaÂ invite Chinese companiesÂ toÂ comeÂ to Alberta, with ChineseÂ labourers, toÂ build massive tractsÂ of the Albertan CCS system?
ThereÂ are certainÂ benefitsÂ and drawbacksÂ toÂ this:
1. PoliticalÂ imageÂ in Canada: ChineseÂ are takingÂ ourÂ jobs – thereÂ isÂ alreadyÂ a huge job shortage.Â Â ChineseÂ workers wouldÂ beÂ comingÂ to fillÂ surplus demand (howÂ toÂ allow peopleÂ toÂ seeÂ this).
2. ChineseÂ stealingÂ technology:Â Â ChinaÂ hasÂ been “promised”Â capitalÂ andÂ technology transferÂ in the Kyoto processÂ to helpÂ them leapfrog old,Â dirtyÂ technologies.Â Â WhatÂ betterÂ wayÂ to fulfill that promise, andÂ in theÂ meantime,Â allow China experienceÂ in building technology thatÂ could eventually directlyÂ reduceÂ their GHG emissions?
3.Â Â SpeedÂ ofÂ implementationÂ in Alberta:Â Â If AlbertaÂ wereÂ toÂ use ChineseÂ labour toÂ do this work, itÂ wouldÂ be doneÂ fasterÂ and cheaper.Â Â There’sÂ noÂ questionÂ aboutÂ that.Â Â And theÂ quality wouldÂ beÂ as good.Â Â IÂ know thereÂ are lots ofÂ politicalÂ issues surroundingÂ this. Â ButÂ ifÂ ourÂ interest is actuallyÂ inÂ reducing GHG emissions, whyÂ wouldÂ weÂ so vehmently discountÂ thisÂ possibility?
Well, it’s just anÂ idea forÂ now.Â Â AndÂ what’sÂ wrongÂ withÂ anÂ idea? 🙂