Dr. Geoff Raby, Australia's ambassador to China, describes the changes he has seen in China over the last twenty years, explaining that while there have been great strides in terms of personal freedoms, the Communist Party remains strong- Lowy Institute for International Policy
Dr. Geoff Raby
Dr Raby was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from November 2002 to November 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was Australiaâ€™s APEC Ambassador from Nov 2002 to Dec 2004.
Between 1993 and 1995, Dr Raby was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the OECD, Paris.
In 1991, Dr Raby established in DFAT the Northeast Asia Analytical Unit which subsequently became the East Asia Analytical Unit. He was head of the Unit from 1991 to 1993.
Between 1986 and 1991 he served in Beijing twice as head of the Embassy's Economic Section. He has also held positions as trade policy adviser to the Minister for Trade (1993) and in the Office of National Assessments (1984 to 1986).
Dr Raby was born in Melbourne, Australia, in September 1953. Before joining the Commonwealth Public Service, he was senior tutor in economics at La Trobe University. He has BEc (Hons), MEc and PhD degrees from La Trobe.
Dr Raby arrived in Beijing on 3 February 2007, and presented his Credentials to the President of the People's Republic of China, HE Mr Hu Jintao, on 11 May 2007. He is resident in Beijing.
Of course, that's not even true. The personal energy consumption in the US is almost twice that of Europe, with absolutely no measurable return in quality of life. The problem is simply one of efficiency. Since energy was always more expensive in Europe, people have learned to do more with less... a lesson completely lost on the average American who has never lived in Europe and therefor does not have any basis to form an actually informed opinion.
By simple IMPROVING our lifestyle, i.e. by driving less and living healthy, we could save much of the energy that is generated from fossil fuels. The rest can, and, since all fossil fuels are finite and we are nearing the end of their economic usefulness, will have to be replaces with renewables and some form of nuclear energy.
I suggest that such a blanket statement demonstrates an ignorance about the realities of energy generation.
Setting the statement "there is no such thing as clean coal" aside, we should at least consider, as Mr. Raby has, what the realities are. The choice for China, as well as the United States and others, is either, use Coal, along with a variety of energy sources in the future, or cut our consumption in (quite a bit more than) half and see how we can live without coal.
Great idea you say? I encourage you to go home and turn off at least half of your electrical appliances. Turn them completely off at night or for a significant part of the day when the wind does not blow. Stop buying those things that you like, as they're built with electricity...loads of it.
Perhaps, write a book by candle light (Oh, wait, that's producing CO2 as well.) When you've got this figured out, let us know how it's going.
well there's no such thing as 'clean coal' per se but there are technologies that attempt to reduce the emissions. those technologies are referred to as 'clean coal.' so it is not such an oxymoron as it seems.