Following is a quote from an article to which I have also provided a link:
“Speaking at talks involving 190 nations that aim to forge a new treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the developing nations said their richer counterparts should provide more details on a pledge to boost climate aid to $100 billion a year and on how they will cut their own emissions before the poorer countries are required to set their own targets.
‘We think we are the weaker side,’ said Xie Zhenhua, the head of China’s delegation at United Nations climate talks in Warsaw. ‘They need to fulfill these commitments. They have to provide a timetable and also the size of their contribution. They should have a very clear signal to society’.”
This article further shows that the aim of China and India is to move more manufacturing and economic muscle to themselves by way of making western nations, specifically the United States and Europe, take action first. Having already created regulations and oversight that make manufacturing and heavy industry more expensive than their Asian counterparts, this demand that the US and other “richer nations” take action to reduce emissions first only demonstrates the greed that exists. If we allow this kind of logic to dominate the climate change discussions, then we will only realize two outcomes: (1) the further economic decline of western nations and (2) the further worsening of the release of damaging emissions by the rapidly expanding Asian nations.
The solution must revolve around a process in which every nation plays by the same rules. All should agree to the same regulations and oversight and agree that wages and living standards should be brought up in poorer nations at the same time industrialization grows. We have seen that this is not the case in the horrible working environments in nations like Bangladesh (even factories collapsing around their workers) and in many African nations (where leaders are the only ones who profit from western investment). The same is true in China and India. At the same time, all of the developing countries have significant investment from European and American partners.
Another point that should not be lost in all of this is the fact that the loss of manufacturing jobs to Asia has seriously impacted the standard of living in the United States. It has forced the US economy to rely more on lower paying service industry jobs. Directly, the rise of China and India and other developing nations is making the US population poorer and more dependent on government to make ends meet.
So, follow the money. Even in this debate, the people with the money are trying to drive the solution through deceit and trickery. Those that are truly concerned about trying to do something to save this planet for future generations must realize what is really happening and work to create real change. A very difficult hill to climb!