Asia’s Energy Future

Many in the West are alarmed by Asia’s growing appetite for energy: if China and India match American per capita consumption of fossil fuels, the resulting carbon emissions will only accelerate global warming. But India, China, and other Asian countries are also witnessing remarkable growth in local alternative energy companies and the use of renewable energy.

SINGAPORE – Asia’s rise is unstoppable. What is stoppable is the steep rise in Asia’s reliance on fossil fuels. Indeed, the decisions to be made by Asia on energy production and use will determine the fate of our planet’s environment.

It is natural for the world to be alarmed by Asia’s growing appetite for energy. If China and India replicate American per capita consumption of fossil fuels, the resulting greenhouse-gas emissions will only accelerate global warming.

But Asians will not accept Western moralizing on energy use. The West industrialized rapidly without worrying about climate change, contributing mightily to the stock of greenhouse gases that has led the world ever closer to the tipping point at which global warming can no longer be halted.

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