Then last week, many countries sat down again, this time in Bali, to discuss a new set of emission standards that will replace the
Once again, it was the
There are some indications that the
So in the end, the
But in all of this I have to go back to a conversation I had with an official from the Transportation Bureau under
At the time I was taken aback (I had always considered myself more Chinese than American), but on reflection, the response is not unexpected. Everyone wants to be able to choose the dream they want to pursue, and nobody wants others to tell them not to. Not making it, not getting what you want, living in misery – these are all things that the Chinese have faced with equanimity for thousands of years. Now they are wholeheartedly pursuing rapid economic development. Should that falter, or come to a crisis, there is no doubt the Chinese will adapt. It is the imposition from outside that is not tolerable.
Now that the world is facing a severe environmental crisis, it brings us to the essential question: Is it more feasible to stop poor nations from developing, or to change behavior of the rich ones?I don’t know the answer to the question, but it is important. It will be interesting to see the story unfold.