Environment

The Love-Bunny of the Greens

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJan 12, 2011 9:09 PM

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Bishop Hill latches on to this post, which catches up with a two-month old wet kiss to China from James Hansen, all which leads a Bish commenter to sarcastically (and rightly) note:

The way China has become the "˜love-bunny' of the greens is indeed funny, its human rights records is still awful, its building coal fired power station as fast as it can and it's pollution and environmental problems far surpass anything seen in the west, hardly the hallmarks of eco-hero's you would have thought.

China is also the "love-bunny" of a certain influential op-ed columnist (which I've previously discussed here and here). The weird thing about Hansen's China-related op-ed and follow-up article (both which you can see here at his site) is that he doesn't acknowledge the two energy faces of China (I guess he can't in an op-ed for a Chinese newspaper). I mean, China is in no way banking on renewables to meet it's voracious energy needs in the decades ahead. Happy talk of green tech aside, China is making deals all over the world to secure unfettered access to fossil fuels, including Canada's oil sands. Lastly, I'd be rather sparing in my praise for a country that keeps the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize locked away in jail.

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