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Kmt Us-china Aff

Kmt Us-china Aff


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1. Cooperation fails in the status quo – meetings are limited to dialogue, and even dialogue is
directionless. Absent concrete action, Chinese energy consumption and US-Sino competition over
limited resources will remain unchanged – That’s 1AC Wallis and Daojiong

2. Plan incentive is key – the status quo is a limited instance of action, the plan fosters an entire new
market for alternative energy in China. This is the key lever to solve warming and change threat
perceptions – that’s 1AC McDonough and Ogden

3. US-Sino energy meetings are ineffective and directionless – the plan is key

Brinsley and Yanping, Bloomberg staff writer, 6/17/2008
[John and Li, "Paulson's China Talks Shift to Energy as Yuan Gains (Update4),"

Two former U.S. trade representatives, Charlene Barshefsky and Mickey Kantor, who served under President Bill Clinton,
criticized today the talks as unwieldy and ineffective.
``You can't put 16 people in a room with an agenda that has any reality to it,'' Kantor said at a seminar in Beijing, urging
narrower talks by smaller groups.
The U.S. ``has no idea what it wants,'' Barshefsky said.
Negotiations on an investment treaty follow 41 such deals with other countries, though none with an economy that is
close to the size of China's.

- Director of Kennedy School’s Energy Tech Innovation Policy research group November 2001
Kelly http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/sims_gallagher_workshop_report.pdf

Several analyses indicate that the U.S. technologies introduced into China are typically more advanced and efficient than
what the Chinese would have used otherwise
. Yet, from the data available, it is clear that much of the U.S. investment has
been in coal projects
. Although this is reasonable and predicable because coal is China.s dominant fuel, coal production and
consumption produces the most pollution of all available fuels. It was not until the late 1990s that the U.S. government and the
development banks made a concerted effort to factor environmental concerns into their planning and activities despite the fact that
the environmental consequences of energy consumption were well understood before then. None of the U.S. actors have
seriously tried to address the threat of climate change as it relates to U.S. or Chinese energy development.
Climate change
does not appear to be influencing private sector behavior in China at all
. In contrast, the U.S. government and the
development banks have recognized the challenge and begun to address it
, albeit fairly weakly. Compared with the potential
scale of the climate change problem, the United States. inability to address climate change through energy cooperation with
China is a significant shortcoming.
In general, it seems that the environment presents some big hurdles, but also
opportunities, for U.S. engagement with China
. During Premier Zhu Rongji.s last visit to the United States, he clarified
Chinese needs for clean energy methods and technologies. He stated, .So now we need to restructure our economy and to use
more natural gas and other clean energy and oil. I think the United States has developed their advanced technology in this
regard and we are fully prepared to cooperate with the U
nited States. (Zhu 1999).

SDI 2008


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