Whether China is a climate hero or a climate villain is a matter of polarized debate. At one extreme, the world’s biggest carbon-emitter is portrayed as a wasteful bogeyman that obstructs efforts to halt global warming and “steals” clean-tech jobs through unfair practices. At the other extreme, people see Beijing’s policies as the planet’s best hope: With its aggressive plans to green its economy, backed by the mighty Communist machine, China is the foremost investor in renewable energy. The truth lies in between.
But recently China has done a canny job of presenting itself in the latter, greener light. The main reason for the more hopeful mood among some climate watchers is an accord signed by China and the United States during President Obama’s trip to Beijing in November.… Seguir leyendo »