China hits back

The Chinese must be getting heartily sick of sanctimonious westerners attacking them for their high carbon emissions:

Some Australian commentators say China is largely responsible for cleaning up climate change, but Professor Jiahua Pan from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences turned the tables.

He said the planet could not afford for countries like Australia and the United States to have such “wasteful and luxurious” lifestyles.

“You have the luxury to emit so much,” Prof Pan said during a frank speech at the Australian National University today.

“For basic necessities, I think that enough is enough … we have only one small planet earth.”

He goes further and points to an obvious solution:

Prof Pan was unimpressed with Australia’s environmental standards, saying public transport
seemed poor and the buildings and street lighting were not energy efficient.

He labelled as “insufficient” Australia’s pledge to cut greenhouse emissions by five to 15 per cent by 2020.

And he urged Australia to sell more uranium to China to boost nuclear power, a request that is being considered.


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