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    And suggesting Chinese are unreasonable; we are not. The One Child Policy was initiated based on the realizaion that the cycle of poverty and famine in China would not be broken unless we lowered our population to a point it would be sustainable given our meagar natural and economic resources. Today, it has, perhaps, even greater relevance given the fact that as we climb the economic ladder, we face other constraints, environmental ones.

    The problem is rather one of population and resource consumption (including the capacity for natural CO2 sequesting); we need to control both, and given the lack of magic solutions, accept contraints on both.

    Politically, this suggests high consuming/low population nations conserve and/or rapidly replace fossil fuels with clean energy resources, and that underveloped and developing nations control their growth and take the clean route to the greatest extent possible.

    For all it suggests some sacrifice for the common good and the terms of that are the pressure point of COP-15.

    China is not going to demand other nations addopt population controls; it might be wise for some high population countries such as India to do a better job of it and for the global community to help them, but China is not in the habit of dictating policy to other countries, if you believe so you fundamentally misunderstand Chinese political doctrine.

    But having raised the issue, let's frame that picture; the attached chart shows some selected percapita emissions data with countries selected for multiple criteria of region, economic status, dominant economic model, power generation mix and geopolitical significance.

    I invite people to read, think and debate.


    Data Source: EIA


    And our own One Child thanks you in advance for your kind & thoughtful consideration. One World, One Atmosphere.

    Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

    by koNko on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 03:12:46 AM PST

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