Of course not, but it's not that simple...
Q: As we get closer to the United Nation's conference on climate change in Copenhagen and nations begin setting their agendas, are their goals realistic? Last week, the U.S. and China each announced their emissions target goals. Are they big enough?
At face value, neither position will do much to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations, or affect the rate at which they are increasing. The science communities in both countries as well as the policy makers in the
I speculated in an earlier note here that the recent China-U.S. head of state meeting and the discussions which laid the ground for that meeting might be signs that both countries recognize the necessity to put aside old diplomatic games.
The subsequent choreographed announcements are further indications that
It may well be that the announced positions of both China and the United States are but opening gambits in a new Great Game in which their interests are likely to coincide more often than not, which will inevitably entail massive expense, and which cannot be avoided. My strong suspicion is that neither has placed their final offer on the table, and that the leadership in both countries are prepared to go farther.
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