The June 6 editorial, “U.S. is handing over its power on the world stage to China,” is misinformed and misleading.
While many of us do not agree with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, the conclusion that the result of this action will be China’s assumption of the role of world environmental leader is not well founded.
We know that China’s air and waters are highly polluted and that China’s government refuses to acknowledge the extent of, and seriousness posed by, its contaminated soil.
The significance of this problem cannot be underestimated. About 20 percent of China’s arable land is highly contaminated — much of it with heavy metals like cadmium and lead. It would take trillions of dollars to clean up the soil contamination. With 18 percent of the world’s population, but only 7 percent of the world’s arable land, any loss of productive agricultural land is bad for China and the planet. Further, there is a total lack of transparency on this issue by the Chinese government.
Simply put, The Herald’s belief that China will assume the role of world leader in protecting the planet is delusional.
Dennis J. Olle,