Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Why China Could Blame Its CO2 on West

The story has the best deadpan line of the day.

From the Wall Street Journal:

To understand the deadlock in the debate on global climate change, take a look at your iPod.

The vast majority of the world's MP3 players are made in China, where the main power source is coal. Manufacturing a single MP3 player releases about 17 pounds of planet-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere....

..."As China's emissions rise, everyone is pointing the finger of blame at China," says Andrew Simms, policy director of the New Economics Foundation, a think tank and environmental-advocacy organization based in London. "The real responsibility for rising emissions should lie with the final consumers in Europe, North America and the rest of the world."

The argument appeals to leaders in China...MORE