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    Actually, we are more or less in agreement on the goals and the prospects, although I would add that to meet goals we definately need stronger m=commitments to support poor and developing nations, and to get creative in approach since it's difficult to apply a single formula to the problems.

    My feeling about China (my home) is we will continue to agressivly pursue clean energy and could be induced to make deeper cuts, but this may only happen if there are meaningful recipricol cuts from developed nations. That China accepts the base on 1990 without arguement and upped the ante of energy intensity indicate a willingness to compromise, but unless the US can step up to the plate China could actually have difficulty doing so since our economy is joined at the hip with the US economy and that is not easily changed. Given that s far, US companies have benifited from Chinese clean energy policy, it would be sensible to pursue the cooperation agreements announced during Obamas visit, but that was not in evedence so far at COP-15 and the remarks of the US negotiator are getting a very bad reception in the Chinese Environmental Community despite Chinas official statements that try to put the best face on the situation. I think Chinese understand the US entered the talks in a waek position to make commitments and Obama faces an up-hill battle with the US Congress - that gets much airplay here as well, and there is some understanding it must run it's course.

    Well, let's see how it goes, patience and persistance is the name of the game. Whatever COP-15 produces will be importiant but only a start.

    Appreciate your response.

    Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

    by koNko on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 06:03:51 PM PST

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