As crazy as this sounds, bear in mind that four years ago Thomas Friedman wanted the US “to be China for a day,” to “authorize the right solutions”:
The Costa Rican executive secretary with the UN Convention on Climate Change, Christina Figueres, said in an interview on January 13 that democracy is a weak system to fight global warming, and instead praised China’s communist model.
Even though the Asian power is one of the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, the country is “doing it right” in the fight against global warming.
Ms Figueres asserts that, being a Communist dictatorship, China approves laws and reforms with less struggles than occur in the US republic, where laws are debated.
(Unless, of course, Nancy insists that “you have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Maybe Ms Figueres is copacetic with that, but she could not be reached for comment.)
How right is China “doing it” in the fight against global warming? The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city’s natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises.
But then, if you’re a high official at the UN, you may have risen to your exalted position by proving that your head is buried far into a body cavity where the sun don’t shine, which probably explains a lot.
On the other hand, should we thank China for the 8″ of global warming that needs to be plowed off my driveway?
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on Latin American and US politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.