There has been a lot of talk surrounding the recent G8 summits and the unwillingness of developing countries to join in on environmental programs. It may not seem that important to include these developing economies in a climate control plan. Given the current statistics about energy use and pollution creation in which the US and other developed countries top the list it stands to reason that what the developing world is doing isn’t that important. However, there are several meaningful factors that are not being considered that make the developing countries of the world a very important part of any global climate change discussion.
First off, as we in the US are seeing now, once you have an established method of strength generation, it becomes more difficult to change. The life cycle of a strength plant is very long and it takes much of this lifecycle to recoup the costs of development. This method that strength plants being developed today in developing countries to meet their growing electrical needs will nevertheless be in use 25 years from now. It is much easier to start out producing clean energy then it is to move to it after the fact. If developing countries continue to use dirty strength generation to meet need today, everyone will pay the price in the long run.
The second reason that we must be concerned about strength generation in developing countries is the size of the populations in many of these countries. As countries like India and China start using more energy on a per-capita basis and approach the levels of more developed countries there is going to be a huge need for electricity generation due to the enormous size of their populations. If allowed to continue to meet this need with dirty strength generation methods they will over time create a huge pollution problem, the effects of which will be felt everywhere in the world.
If allowed to continue unchecked, the increase in dirty strength generation in the developing world will offset any reductions in pollution made in developed countries. The world cannot provide to continue producing pollution at current levels, the goal of any environmental plan as to be to reduce global emissions. These developing countries are consequently a huge threat to any environmental program that is really trying to fix the problem. This is not to say that the developed countries in the world shouldn’t reduce their emissions if developing countries don’t agree to in addition. Any effort to reduce emissions is better than none. However, it is important to get the sustain of developing countries in stopping global climate change. Without their help, nothing we do can truly stop the problem, it will just put it off.