Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Importing a way around green laws
The article I read was in regards to worldwide carbon emissions. Upon discovering the damaging effects that carbon can have on the atmosphere many of the larger developed countries got together and made an agreement to try and reduce carbon levels. One way they were able to accomplish this was to develop technology that produced less carbon, termed “greener” technology. This is all well enough and certainly important but this article focuses on the unseen effect of developed countries trying to lower their carbon emissions. Basically it goes on to describe that the developed countries import some carbon heavy products rather than producing them domestically in an attempt to keep their carbon footprint low. The obvious downside to this plan is that while it may be helping that particular country it is still having a negative effect on the global level. A chart in the article depicted this increase in developing countries carbon output, showing that from around 2003 it began to spike to the level that it is at now. To conclude the article the author argued that we could either increase the tariffs on these items in an attempt to promote domestic production, or we could try and help the developing countries further develop carbon friendly technology. While both solutions may help in reducing worldwide carbon emissions I would have to side with providing greener technology to the developing countries. The set back to this is that it is not necessarily the developed country's job to pay for and help developing countries, but with that being said the world is starting to run on a more global level everyday and sooner or later we need to look at having the whole world well settled and taken care of. This obviously sounds very idealistic but I would rather that than the alternative.