Behind the ‘green China’ myth
It’s exporting clean-energy technology more than it's using it
By Bjorn Lomborg, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
As the world’s factory floor, China is not an obvious environmental leader. It is beleaguered by severe pollution and generates more carbon emissions than any other nation. Yet many have trumpeted it as an emerging “green giant” for its non-carbon-based energy production and its aggressive promises to cut carbon emissions. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman described China’s “green leap forward” as “the most important thing to happen” at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. (More - Wash Post, 4/21/2011))
Center staff traveled to China in 2007 and witnessed the incredible economic growth (and the pollution).