Posted by Jeff Id on September 10, 2010
Again there isn’t much time for blogging today, but in a strange change of circumstance, China, the regionally capitalist country which saved us all from Copenhagen, the same country which is building a coal plant every two weeks, is now calling for international cooperation on climate change. In recent weeks we’ve seen local shutdowns of powerplants in China, in an alleged effort to reduce impact on climate.
Today, China is being congratulated for it’s leadership role in climate. Of course, like all politicians, while shaking hands, you have to watch the other hand.
Figueres applauded China’s efforts in tackling climate change, and spoke highly of the country’s constructive role in the international negotiation process.
Capitalism is only an east coast sideshow there still. The coal mines are state run. Look at what happens to socialism when personal property ownership is allowed.
SEZ is ‘special economic zone’ and it’s code for you can have your own business, and keep some of the profit. Now that is one hell of a hockey stick. Shenzhen SEZ is right directly across the border from Hong Kong, it is very different though. Very wealthy and successful, but different.
Today in some areas of China, you can keep quite a bit of profit, in Hong Kong, Business can keep it all… 100%. .
Ever seen Hong Kong? I have, many times. Sony, Panasonic and even Wall Mart have headquarters here.
So the common excuses in Europe for the US success are WWII, excess resources, excess land, easy energy from coal, some odd political policy that made the US the single most successful technological and economic country on earth – in the past. What about Hong Kong, do you all think this is a fluke of war? Perhaps they just had more resources? Perhaps it was the ‘new deal’ that made it all work? What is rarely said in pop culture is maybe, just maybe, our founding fathers had the right idea.
Ever seen a plot of GHCN temperature stations across the earth in the 1900’s? Guess where most were? The waste off a capitalist society makes the poor rich enough to watch big screen TV’s, yet we’re preached to about the discrepancies between wealth and poor.So I suppose the number of temperature stations – even covering the desert – in the US was just an accident too. You can see the border with Mexico perfectly. Is an unmarked imaginary border really to blame for the lack of money to measure temperature? Or is it something else? Certainly Europe led the world culturually and technically to nearly this point but something happened.
So now we’re saying that China, which annexed Hong Kong is the bastion of global warming hope?
People have to be nuts not to realize that taxes limit business, they have to be equally nuts not to realize that China ain’t going to limit much business in the near future. It’s a study of oxymoron to say that China is the way to the future of ‘clean energy’ and America is not. They have embraced capitalism on their coasts. They do have some very very socialist laws, however, they are not being enforced. It’s nearly 100% unbridled capitalism which is currently manufacturing for the world and paying a government which currently officially opposes the concept. Cheap labor is part of it, but their ‘cheap labor’ is 30 times greater than the non SEZ citizens make on average. The population needs permits to go to work in the city.
In the US, as we throttle back our own success, we see the strain in all govt. budgets, energy supply, business, job rates, yet in the news, nobody notices what we are doing. Rationing energy instead of building new coal or nuclear plants, taxing companies out of business, forcing people to move business overseas by ridiculous environmental policies which simply move the damage to places without control of any aspect of the emissions.
Many Americans are too ignorant to realize that the ‘wealthiest’ Americans making over 250,000 USD/year are the small business owners. Small business profits are added to the owners tax returns. I’ve personally paid more taxes than cash I’ve taken home in some years. The other money is invested in invetory, people, machines etc.. Now if we raise taxes on these ‘wealthy’ people, what will that do to jobs. hmm… tough question.
It’s like whatever you do, never, never, never, recognize what makes our system of living work.