Chinese climate policy

China’s Distinctive Approach to Emissions Trading

It’s getting harder for the U.S. to use Chinese inaction as an excuse.

China’s emissions trading program is slowly forward toward implementation.   It’s by no means a perfect program, but it should result in significant emissions reductions. The Chinese program has some features that make it less cost-effective. Nonetheless, researchers at RFF concluded that the climate benefits will be three times the cost of emission reductions. They didn’t …


Post-Mortem on Copenhagen

Der Spiegel has a story based on tapes of the behind-the-scenes meetings of world leaders.  The headline says it all: The Copenhagen Protocol: How China and India Sabotaged the UN Climate Summit.  As usual, the French assessment was the most eloquent: The words suddenly burst out of French President Nicolas Sarkozy: “I say this with …