-70% of China's energy needs come from coal.
-regulation is non-existent or ignored.
-the consumer boom is stoking an appetite for cars and air conditioners , few of which meet even China's minimal efficiency rules.
But the most disturbing statistic: China spends three times the world average on energy, and seven times what Japan spends, to produce $1 of gross domestic product.
America should have signed the Kyoto accord. It would have been easy to meet the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets without doing much at all- just continue exporting the entire manufacturing base to China and the greenhouse gases go with it.
So, here is the Treehugger tip of the day: buy local. You may have to breathe a little more pollution from local manufacturing, but at least you can do something about it, and at least there will still be people here who know how to make things.
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