February 19, 2007
THE ECONOMIST: "ONE problem with global warming policy that too few people are talking about right now is what should be done with India and China? Together, they have nearly half the world's population, and they're growing fast. Worse, they're growing fast aided by big, polluting coal plants and other inefficient technologies. In less than a decade, China will outpace America as the world's leading emitter of greenhouse gasses. In an ethics paper on distributional justice, this might be fair, but the climate doesn't care whether greenhouse gasses are emitted by rich Americans motoring to Tahoe for a minibreak, or poor Chinese farmers boosting the productivity of their paddies. It will warm up and flood Bangladesh just the same." And it gets worse. Read the whole thing.