Is China working to reduce carbon?
China may be trying to shake its reputation as a "green villain"
Mathew is an economics professor at UCLA and has written three books: Green Cities (Brookings Institution Press); Heroes and Cowards (Princeton University Press, jointly with Dora L. Costa); and in fall 2010, Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World (Basic Books).
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I don't believe that this will cut global GHG emissions but it will slow the growth of global GHG emissions and it will accelerate the introduction and diffusion of new technologies that will break the link between GHG emissions and economic growth. Perhaps we aren't doomed.
We still don't fully understand why China is offering the world such a "gift". Does Beijing value losing the tag of being a global green villain? Are their leaders concerned that Peak Oil is a real threat and they want to have an implicit insurance policy in case the ecological economists are correct?
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