http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/10/business/energy-environment/10yuan.html?src=busln "The current Chinese five-year plan calls for using 20 percent less energy this year for each unit of economic output than in 2005." "President Hu Jintao late last year called for China to reduce its carbon emissions per unit of economic output by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels." Sometimes there are benefits, as GW so famously stated, of having a dictatorship! I would wager, though, that the USA could do better if we all got behind a plan. However, as it stands now, the conflicting interests are stopping us dead in the water.