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Unformatted text preview: eded changes in the Kyoto treaty. With a carbon program and a serious commitment to improve efficiency and develop clean-energy technologies, says one U.S. climate expert, “the United States could really shape a global climate policy. We could basically say to Europe, ‘Here is an American answer to climate that is far better than Kyoto. Here are the practical steps we’re going to take to reduce emissions, far more effectively than your cockamamie Kyoto protocol?” Similarly, the United States would finally have the moral credibility to win promises of cooperation from India and China. As James MacKenzie, the former White House energy analyst who now works on climate issues for the Washingtonbased World Resources Institute, told me, Chinese climate researchers and policymakers know precisely what China must do to begin to deal with emissions but have thus far been able to use U.S. intransigence as an excuse for their own inaction. “‘Whenever you bring up the question of what the Chinese should be doing about climate, they just smile. They ask, ‘Why should we in China listen to the United States and take all these steps to protect the climate, when the United States won’t take the same steps itself?” With a nudge from the United States, argues Chris Flavin, the renewables optimist at World Watch Institute, China could move away from its “destiny” as a dirty coal energy economy. 16 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Answers to: Transportation Sector Irrelevant to Climate Change [____] [____] Reducing emissions in the transportation sector is key to solve climate change United Nations News Center, 2008 (“Transportation Sector Must Lead in Climate Change Fight, UN Official Says,” http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26856&Cr=climate&Cr1=transport ) The transport sector is expected to contribute so much to greenhouse gas emissions in the future that it must play a key role in shaping the global climate change deal which countries have agreed to try to clinch next year, a senior United Nations environmental official says. Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC), told the International Transport Forum yesterday in Leipzig, Germany, that data indicates that emissions from the sector will rise by more than 30 per cent by 2010 when compared to 1990 levels – the highest increase of any sector. “You have a choice,” he told participants at the forum. “The question is whether you as transport stakeholders are willing to proactively shape the Copenhagen deal [scheduled for next year] or have your policies shaped by it.” 17 | P a g e High Speed Rail Affirmative BDL Solvency – Economy [____] [____] Rail investment leads to significant job growth Reilly et al., AAR Communications VP, 2011 (Patrick, “Great Expectations 2011 Freight Rail’s Role in U.S. Economic Recovery”, March, http://onerail.org/sites/onerail.org/files/documents/rail-study/aar-great-expectations-2011.pdf, DOA: 4-20-12) At the end of 2010, railroad employment was up roughly 5.2 percent, bringing total employment at the nation’s freight railroads to more than 175,000. Every railroad job supports an additional 4....
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