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Unformatted text preview: l protection. Through the APP as well as their bilateral relations, the United States and South Korea should cooperate with each other and with other advanced industrial nations to provide these technologies to countries that currently lack them. In addition, they should find ways to transmit knowledge of best environmental practices and standards to developing economies to help them create the conditions for long-term sustainable development and economic growth without imposing a high environmental and health cost on other countries in the region. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 40 Mercury Politics Impact – Alliance Good – Warming (2/2) The alliance solves warming – spurs cooperation on green development Snyder, Center for US-Korea Policy director, 9 (Scott, dir of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy, senior associate of Washington programs in the IR program of The Asia Foundation, April, "Pursuing a Comprehensive Vision for the U.S. - South Korea Alliance," [, accessed 6-3-11, jm) An emerging area of cooperation in the U.S.-ROK relationship is climate change. South Korea imports 97 percent of its energy needs42 and is one of the globe’s top ten emitters of carbon dioxide, and therefore shares similar interests with the United States on clean development. South Korea is a member of the Bush administration initiative on climate change, the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP), co-founded by Australia and the United States in January of 2006, and including China, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, to promote technology co- operation on climate and environmentrelated issues, including in the areas of clean fossil energy, aluminum, coal mining, renewable energy, power generation, cement, buildings and appliances, and steel.43 The APP has dozens of projects located across the region, including several in Korea devoted to such research areas as the expansion of biodiesel use, cleaner fossil energies, develop- ment of indices for renewable energies and distribution, and solar technologies.44 There is poten- tial for this initiative to gain in profile under the Obama administration. The initiative’s nonbinding framework for cooperation, however, is seen in some quarters as a weak alternative to global legal agreements to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Under the Obama administration, it is likely that the United States will once again seek to play an active role in pro- moting a global understanding of how to respond to the global challenges posed by climate change issues. At the G-8 Summit in Hokkaido in July 2008, Lee Myung Bak pledged to serve as a bridge between the United States and developing countries on future climate change discussions. To the extent that South Korea can define a bridging role and take concrete actions to promote cooperation on climate change issues, such an initiative would likely be appreciated by the new administration. Seoul has recently taken promising steps domestically toward pu...
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