When I got to the end of this article, where we are told that if China continues to build new coal plants at its current rate, it will push the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere past the point of no return by 2020, I had one of those life-altering moments. I sat wondering whether all my current plans and battles were like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, and wondered whether I should get on the next plane to China and chain myself to the newest coal plant that's in the works.
Perhaps in your next article on this topic, Mr. Parenti, you could also tell us what the US government and organizations here are trying to do get China to change its coal-burning policies, and how we can help. Apart from the efforts we have to make in the US to address global warming, this seems like the biggest priority yet.
New York, NY
May 18 2009 - 8:00am