During the Copenhagen Climate Summit, China was criticized for not signing a pledge to reduce carbon emissions. I don’t think China’s was ready to sign and had to go home to study the situation to see what they could do before they made a commitment. All (take a look) of China’s politburo members, the top government body in China, are scientist or engineers.
On March 10, China told the United States to make stronger commitments on climate change and provide environmental expertise and financing to developing nations. That was a few days after China announced it was planning to reduce its carbon footprint by 40-45% (from 2005 levels) and generate 15% of its electricity from renewable technologies by 2020.
Obama, on the other hand, only pledged reducing green house gas emissions “in the range of 17%” by 2020.
This is what I think happened after China’s representatives left Copenhagen. Those scientists and engineers that make up China’s ruling body gathered facts, discovered what China could achieve, then formulated long-range goals. Most scientists and engineers think that way.
President Obama is a lawyer. Most of the elected representatives in America’s two houses of congress are lawyers.