Chinese Urged to Spend More…….and Less !

The juxtaposition  of two articles in the Washington Post this Saturday says everything about our the most important dilemma we face in sustainability.

Chinese urged to spend more, save less

This article on page A11 calls on  the Chinese to spend more and increase consumption in an effort to spur the global economy.

“Indeed, Batson suggests that the present slowdown could promote a much-heralded rebalancing of China’s economy, away from reliance on increasingly unproductive investment to a healthier consumption-driven model.”

U.S. cut its carbon emissions in 2011 — but China erased the gains

And only a few pages later in the WonkBlog on A15, the fast growth in China is positioned as a world problem.

“Americans are slowly starting to tackle global warming. U.S. carbon emissions dropped 1.7 percent last year, according to the International Energy Agency. But that only went so far. Thanks to China’s fast growth, the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions hit record highs in 2011.”

Finding our way out of this dilemma on both a global and local scale is where we will find the solution to the sustainability issues we face.


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  2. Marion Dupont 2:59 am on June 6, 2012

    Thanks for this highlight, I completely agree with you. This is a big challenge and I'm not sure we're in a position to ask anything to the Chinese.


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