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2/7/2011 04:44 PM EST
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Bruce Rayner
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Bruce Rayner   2/8/2011 1:57:12 AM
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I agree that the Chinese are looking beyond the immediate environmental threat to the business opportunities in renewables. And you're right that its the per capita, not the total output of CO2 that the Chinese and India are focusing on. They want to get their's too! And with peak oil around the corner (50 years of petroleum remaining in hard-to-find and high-cost offshore site) thier logic makes perfect sense. Will China dominate? Many say yes, because it has the political will - and a one-party system.

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pixies   2/7/2011 11:01:00 PM
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Nuclear reactors will not solve our problem. According to Nathan Lewis, if the world were to rely entirely on nuclear energy, we would be building 2 reactors every day for the next fifty years and by the time we finished these reactors, we would run out of nuclear fuel immediately. That said, China desperately need "clean" energy, just look at the helling skies in most major cities in china you will now why.

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Roy H   2/7/2011 9:59:34 PM
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China is the only country researching LFTRs. Liquid Flouride Thoroium Reactors were invented by ONLR in the 1960s and is proven technology. Needs some refinement mostly in long lasting materials. LFTRs should be much cheaper to build than conventional LWRs and Thorium is cheap and abundant. LFTRs are much more efficient and produce pratically no radio-active waste, and that little amount decays in 300 years instead of 10000. See: www.energyfromthorium.com When China perfects this, we will be able to buy them and solve our energy problems.

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docdivakar   2/7/2011 9:07:40 PM
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@Bruce Rayner: good article, very timely and informative. Looking at the chart of top-5 CO2 emitters, India is quite low when compared to the emissions from US whose population is nearly 1/4th of India's whereas the emissions are nearly five fold. By that token, it is easy to see why China officials would argue against CO2 caps while their emission is 1/3rd of USA, adjusted for percapita. In spite of the above, it is quite admirable to see China galloping ahead in its progress for green energy. The Chinese government clearly sees beyond the environmental concerns as the motivators to get ahead. It is the business opportunity in the green economy where many western 'green' economy businesses would founder if it weren't for the government subsidies. The Chinese solar businesses are already getting closer to 1$/watt metric for the solar and it wouldn't surprise me if they break that barrier to the low side within the next five years. Dr. MP Divakar

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