India-China Axis On Climate Change Moves ‘Green’ Closer To Trade Sanctions

This Bystander is keeping an eye on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to India because it will provide an indication of how China and India are lining up on the climate policy debate. Or at least whether the U.S. is managing to put any daylight between the two countries’ position.

In short, it doesn’t look that she has. She was told flatly by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh that there was no case for mandatory curbs on CO2 emissions. That mirrors Beijing’s rejection of binding cuts, and repeats the position expressed at the G8 summit in Italy earlier this month–a line Beijing and New Delhi are likely to hold at the U.N.’s Copenhagen conference of climate change at the end of this year. Instead, the two countries are pushing energy efficiency–witness the way Beijing has promoted green technologies in its economic stimulus package.

The reluctance to accept greenhouse gas emissions curbs on the part of China, now the world’s largest emitter of such gases, will make it more difficult for the Obama administration in the U.S. to press ahead with its cap-and-trade proposals, already running into domestic political difficulties, which will ease the pressure on China and India to change their tune. It also increases the chances that the U.S. will impose punitive tariffs on imports from other major greenhouse gas emitters. Though it is open whether that would change Beijing’s hard line on emissions, trade sanctions could, perversely enough, become the most effective means of forging international action on global warming.


Filed under China-U.S., Economy, Environment

2 responses to “India-China Axis On Climate Change Moves ‘Green’ Closer To Trade Sanctions

  1. Klem

    China and India will be forced to introduce a Cap&trade system. All trading nations will be forced into cap&trade because without it, they won’t be allowed to play in our sandbaox. Cap&Trade is a form of economic protectionism.

    Al Gore said that Cap&Trade is the first step toward Global Governance. In other words, C&T is the world’s first global tax system and the UN will manage and receive revenue from it. So the truth comes out, thanks Al.

  2. asdf

    The US will never get any where on climate protection measures while it and the developed world continues to be the biggest per capita polluters in the world. Any developing nation would be complete imbeciles make drastic changes before the US has taken real painful measures to curb its own pollution.

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