Keith Schneider

Choke Point: China—Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World’s Largest Country

February 21, 2011 by Keith Schneider

Like a tectonic fault line, underlying China’s new standing in the world is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress.[read more]

Memo to Hu and Obama: Water and Energy Choke Points Merit Time at the China-U.S. Summit

January 18, 2011 by Keith Schneider

While the two heads of state focus on resolving what pries them apart, both nations share a dangerous confrontation within their borders over energy demand and water supply—offering a matchless opportunity for new kinds of cooperation on policy, technology, business, and trade.[read more]

Cancun Climate Negotiators No Match For New Energy Alliances

November 22, 2010 by Keith Schneider

The upcoming Cancun climate summit reflects two opposing theaters of action. In one, climate negotiators are getting tangled up in the soft lines of national distrust and diplomatic nuance. In the other, their governments and domestic energy companies are busier than ever drilling, mining, processing, and producing the dirty power that perpetuates the fossil fuel era.[read more]

Talk of Tianjin Climate Conference: China and U.S. Are Electrifying The Car

October 11, 2010 by Keith Schneider

Lying quietly below the nuanced diplomatic language of frustration and distrust expressed all week by Chinese and American negotiators is an expanse of cooperative projects in and outside government that are expressly designed to help China and the U.S. use energy more efficiently, develop new technology, and lower carbon emissions.[read more]

Despite Divide Inside the Tianjin Climate Conference, China and U.S. Are Cooperating in Race To Deploy Advanced Coal Technology

October 8, 2010 by Keith Schneider

TIANJIN, China - Though Chinese workers this week celebrated the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China, a holiday season as significant as July 4 in the United States, a swarm of construction laborers at China's GreenGen coal-fired gasification power plant were busy welding pipes, fitting massive joints, and bending steel for forms to be filled with concrete.[read more]

Coal Is King In China, And Top Priority For Engineers Determined To Lower Climate Risks

October 6, 2010 by Keith Schneider

China’s economic development ministries consistently state that they anticipate growth to continue apace, and by 2020 the economy will be 60 percent larger than it is today. This week at the UN climate conference in Tianjin several of the leading environmental scientists and technical specialists in China and the United States described the consequences of reaching that goal on the nation’s energy production, and to the work of taming the warming climate.[read more]

In Tianjin, China and U.S. Similarities Overshadow Differences

October 5, 2010 by Keith Schneider

What makes the countries similar is how far each needs to go and what both countries are willing to do to really make a dent in reducing global carbon emissions. That, of course, has been the central issue confronting negotiators at UN climate meetings for several years, and it's the single biggest issue again in Tianjin.[read more]