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Can China Be Trusted?

Can China Backed Corporations Be Trusted in Environmental Concerns?

China is the world’s second-largest crude importer, after the US, and its voracious appetite for oil has prompted Chinese companies to invest aggressively in non-traditional oil sources including the Alberta oil sands, shale oil and gas, and deep water oil reserves. While oil sands projects have come under criticism in Canada and the US because of their environmental impact and carbon emissions, Chinese companies have few qualms about investing in them. China has little or no qualms about polluting even in their own country or displacing citizens for economic gain or industrial expansion.

See: Interactive Pollution Map Remember back to the Olympic Games in Beijing when China had to curb industry in order to maintain air quality satisfactory to competition by IOC standards.

See: Three Gorges Dam May Displace Millions More. The resettlement, which local leaders want to complete by 2020, would bring the total number of people displaced by the Three Gorges project to 5.3 million.

See: Industrial pollution leading cause of urban smog a group of Beijing NGOs have listed industrial emissions as the main contributing factor to air pollution in China’s cities.

The United Nations’ latest Human Development Report (2006) “has cited China on worsening water pollution and its failure to restrict heavy polluters. More than 300 million people, almost a quarter of the population lack access to clean drinking water and more than half of the country’s water resources have been severely tainted by pollution.”

When industry is allowed to operate in China with few concerns toward the environment and public health, like spoiled children in public, they tend to operate with disregard in other countries as well. When it comes to money, corporations will protect the bottom line first.

Can we afford this in Canada? Are Canadian environment protection laws and penalties enough to keep them in check?

Greg Autry, author of ‘Death in China’ on Stephen Harper’s mission to boost trade with China during his current. trip.
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China is after Canada’s resources, and its time to find a way to get it to them, Gordon Houlden from University of Alberta has more.
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Oil sales, human rights on Stephen Harper’s agenda in China.
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You hear a lot about China’s growing economy and superpower status, but Gordon Chang foresees dark days ahead
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Election Politics

What would happen to an election candidate that said, “Everyone needs to pay more taxes. The rich and the middle class incomes need to lower their standards of living. We need to enforce the highest standards of environmental controls.”?

That’s right, they wouldn’t get elected.

It is not the politicians fault. It is the fault of the electorate. Almost everyone wants someone else to shoulder the burden. It matters not at this point how a nation got themselves into the fiscal morass they are in, what matters is how to get out of overburdening debt. Tax more, spend less; that’s it.

Unless national pride takes over and the peoples make a spending shift to buying mainly products manufactured in their own country, the economic base is not going to expand favorably. Industry will not come back. It just ain’t gonna happen. People would much rather buy cheaper imports than products made by workers paid at their own income standard.

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