China has agreed to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, after touring a cookstove exhibit with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing on Thursday.Unfortunately, it is all too real. Empowering women through better cookstoves. Only in an Obama world.
It's one of several new U.S.-China "eco-partnerships" announced during Clinton's visit, which has been overshadowed by human rights concerns involving blind dissident Chen Guangcheng.
"This illustrates once again that the United States and China can and will work together in new ways and through many channels to address our common challenges on energy and the environment, two issues that transcend politics," Clinton said at a ceremony marking the cookstove agreement. She did not address the Chen situation in her remarks.
Clinton launched the Global Alliance, a public-private partnership, two years ago. The stated goal is to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and combat climate change by bringing "clean and efficient cooking solutions" to families around the world. The total U.S. commitment to the cookstove project so far is $105 million.
China's participation will help the Global Alliance meet its goal of having 100 million homes adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.
In China, an estimated 80 percent of households rely on solid fuels such as wood or dung to burn the fires that heat their food.
And don't think that the $105 million is all. Note the words "so far". Plus, it's just one of thousands of other wacky ways to spend your money. Yes, once again it's politicians and bureaucrats spending OPM.
Then again, it might be legit...I can picture Bubba Clinton saying..."Hey baby, let me show you my cookstove."
From CNS via a story at The Lonely Conservative.