A Green China Is A Nuclear China

The one-day U.N. summit in New York on climate change produced more hot air than substantive progress towards a meaningful deal at December’s Copenhagen summit. President Hu Jintao made a lot of the right noises to be heard as internationally cooperative but his offer to curb carbon emissions by a “notable” but unspecified margin by 2020 from 2005’s levels, while the first time China has said it will cut emissions, is an empty promise in as much as the expected rapid growth of the economy will mean that an overall reduction in emissions is unlikely even if China is able to meet its promise to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP. In practice, the main thrust of this will mean that China will increase its reliance on nuclear power, expected to account for 15% of energy consumption by 2020.

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