China Urges US to sign the Kyoto Treaty

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051201/ap_on_re_ca/canada_climate_change [Broken]
China's Sun Guoshunis said his country was already cutting the polluting emmisions, adding it was unfair to expect China and India — with the world's largest populations — to ask their impoverished people to cut back on energy consumption.
"We really feel pity that the U.S. has not yet, and is not going to join the Kyoto Protocol, not only because of the size of its total emissions, but also because of its higher per capita emissions," Sun, director of the Department of Treaty and Law at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in an interview with The Associated Press.
He spoke during the first meeting of the 140 countries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol since it was signed in 1997 and went into effect in February.
More than 8,000 environmentalists, scientists and government officials were attending the 10-day conference in Montreal. Some 120 environment ministers and other government leaders were expected to arrive next week for the final negotiations.
Those countries are missing out on the moolah. :smile:
 
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Why wouldn't China urge the U.S. to adopt the protocols which essentially exempt China while placing severe restrictions on the U.S.? It's a crafty way to keep your labor costs low in a competitive world economy while placing your competitors at a decided disadvantage.
 
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Are all these environmentalists just oblivious to the insanely obvious implications when it comes to China's role in the treaty?
 
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Aren't the burning coal layers in China the biggest source of Co2 in the world?
But then again, you really can't do much about that.
But true, The US could cut down a bit on fuel consumption.
 
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I'm pretty sure the US is #1 in CO2 emissions. This isn't about the US cutting emissions, this is about giving China a free pass to pollute at will. We already cut regulations based on our own legislation
 
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I wonder how much natural fires contribute to the GHG composition of the atmosphere.
 
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I'm pretty sure the US is #1 in CO2 emissions. This isn't about the US cutting emissions, this is about giving China a free pass to pollute at will. We already cut regulations based on our own legislation
Legislation allows you to cut regulations? What's that supposed to mean?
 
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That looks like a typo - I'm sure he meant to say legislation is causing cuts in emissions.
 
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Does any one know how many of the Kyoto signatories aren't actively developing nuclear power?
 

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