For decades, the world watched the American lifestyle through TV and the Internet. Now, the citizens of nations like China and India want the same lifestyle. The downside is that having 1.3 billion people living like Americans means five times the pollution America produces.
It isn’t as if China is not doing what it can to go green and reduce pollution. The problem is the number of people who expect a better standard of living. China has also promised 700 million rural Chinese that the electric grid is coming their way and along with it electricity-dependent home appliances. Source: Huffington Post
Even with inefficient factories, like Guangzhou Steel, being closed and replacing more than a thousand older coal-burning power plants (like those still used in the US), China worries that the demand by Chinese consumers will foil China’s goals to reduce carbon emissions. Source: New York Times
If Americans are unwilling to give up their energy dependent lifestyles, why should the Chinese do without?
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