When it comes to fighting the cosmic - and incredibly overhyped - threat of global warming, Christiana Figueres, the UN's climate chief, has found the country that best fights global warming is...China?
Yes, that's right; the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world has some crackerjack ways of fighting global warming. They're "doing it right," says Figueres.
Huh? Did I miss something? Last Monday, the Federalist, a blog run by the Heartland Institute's Ben Domenech, posted a great piece on why Communism has a horrible track record on environmental policy. Ok, in the case of China, they can be more accurately described as a country that's immersed itself in market-based socialism. Still, one could argue that their legacy is equal to that of the former Soviet Union.
Chernobyl and the draining of the Aral Sea are prime examples. But Colin Grabow - who penned the piece - noted that after the Iron Curtain fell and German reunification was underway, it was discovered that "an estimated 42 percent of moving water and 24 percent of still waters were so polluted that they could not be used to process drinking water, almost half of the country's lakes were considered dead or dying and unable to sustain fish or other forms of life, and only one-third of industrial sewage along with half of domestic sewage received treatment" in East Germany.
WOW! Additionally, "an estimated 44 percent of East German forests were damaged by acid rain - little surprise given that the country produced proportionally more sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and coal dust than any other in the world."
China also has issues with smog, which is so bad it's prompted the state media to spin it positively last December.
A Time magazine translator indicated the following China Central Television rationalizations for smog:
1. It unifies the Chinese people.
2. It makes China more equal.
3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China's economic development.
4. It makes people funnier.
5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word "haze").
But China is "doing it right" concerning fighting global warming? Similar to so-called global warming, I think the jury is still out regarding China's disposition as a green warrior.