Balancing consumption and conservation

As China develops its own consumer economy, the global environmental situation can only suffer. The government is taking amazing efforts that the government is taking to limit inefficiency (e.g. eliminating highly polluting coal-burning power plants that the US continues to use). At the same time, there is so much effort put into increasing domestic consumption of things like cars, dryers and air conditioners. As this New York Times piece shows
(http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/business/global/05warm.html ), the problem of greenhouse gas emissions cannot be solved merely by regulating production, Western-style consumption alone is enough to doom efforts to mitigate climate change.

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