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Unformatted text preview: at either just happens or perhaps occurs if we raise the price of carbon by some modest amount. But in f act, innovation in general, and energy innovation in particular, is a quite difficult and complex process that is dependent on much more than modest price signals. Energy innovation requires a coherent energy innovation policy. 11 | P a g e High Speed Rail Negative BDL No Solvency – Climate Change – China Outweighs [____] [____] US irrelevant, China key to climate change MIT News, 2012 (May 24, “China’s Actions are Crucial on Climate Change,” http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/china focus-addressing-climate-change.html) The report — titled "The Role of China in Mitigating Climate Change" — published in the journal Energy Economics, compares the impact of a stringent emissions reduction policy with and without China's participation. It finds that China's actions are "essential." "As the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, without China, climate goals — like the 2 degrees Celsius target that most agree is necessary to prevent serious irreversible consequences — are out of reach," says Sergey Paltsev, the lead author of the study and the assistant director for economic research at MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Specifically, the study finds that with China's help the global community is able to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, relative to pre industrial levels. But without China, we miss that mark by about 1 degree Celsius. Not only will it be close to impossible to achieve the 2 degrees mark without China's participation, but emissions reductions will also be more expensive because substantial costs would shift to only some countries. That is why the researchers argue for a global economy-wide greenhouse gas tax that spreads the burden of responsibility. [____] China is the number one CO2 emitter MIT News, 2012 (May 24, “China’s Actions are Crucial on Climate Change,” http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/china focus-addressing-climate-change.html) The importance of China's participation in a global climate treaty increases with each year, as the country's population, economy and energy use continue to grow rapidly. From 2000 to 2010, China's energy use grew 130 percent. That's up from a growth of just 50 percent the previous decade. With a growing, wealthier population, China has become the world's largest energy consumer — and with it, the world's greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions. China's share of global energy-related CO2 emissions has increased in just eight years from 14 percent in 2000 to 22 percent in 2008. Eighty percent of those emissions came from coal, making China the consumer of about half the world's coal. 12 | P a g e High Speed Rail Negative BDL No Solvency – Climate Change – Other Emissions Outweigh [____] [____] Transportation sector is only 13% of all emissions Transportation Consultancy, 2012 (“Climate Change in the Transport Sector,” http://www.trl.co.uk/transport_consultancy/climate_change_in_the_transport_sector.htm ) Climate change is internationally recognized as one of the greatest challenges facing the world to...
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