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China's Per Capita GDP is About $7,400

Thursday, 09 December 2010 05:51

This is relevant because the Washington Post printed the assertion from Xie Zhenhua, China's chief negotiator at the climate talks in Cancun Mexico, that China's per capita income is $3,700. According to the CIA Factbook, China's per capita income in 2009 was $6,700 a year and it has grown by more than 10 percent over the last year.

Of course the rest of Mr. Xie's comments are accurate. China is a developing country that still has a per capita income that is less than one sixth that of the United States. It also did not play an important role in creating the problem, unlike the United States and wealthy European countries who have been spewing large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for decades.

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If China had something like a Great Smog of '52 ...
written by Rachel, December 09, 2010 9:09
According the NYT (2006), the pollution in some parts of China is so bad that motorists have to turn their headlights on in the daytime. Now in England, years ago, a major smog event (worse than they perceived at the time) led to clean air legislation. Unfortunately, in China they may not have the press and other mechanisms to press to end this problem. But they should not have to accept that if they want to "catch up," they have to suffer major pollution.

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