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State Department Betrays Chen, But Achieves Clean Cookstove Alliance With China

State Department Betrays Chen, But Achieves Clean Cookstove Alliance With China

While Chinese dissenter Chen Guangcheng and his family face violent treatment from the Chinese government thanks to the gutless action of the US State Department, the State Department is winning major victories in China. A few moments ago, the State Department made the cataclysmic announcement that they had gotten China to sign onto a major global alliance: the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Really.

According to the Office of the Spokesperson:

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo announced that China has joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves during a tour of a clean cookstove exhibit with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Beijing today. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. By joining the Alliance, China will help meet the Alliance’s goal to ensure 100 million homes adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which was launched by Secretary Clinton in 2010, represents the first time that world leaders have come together to develop and implement a sustainable strategy to bring clean and efficient cooking solutions to families across the globe.

The State Department had little problem pushing Chen out the door of the US embassy where he’d taken refuge. But at least in return for their action on behalf of the Chinese government, they’ve ensured that climate change will be combatted by use of better stoves.

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