but if the international community is not going to do it, the chinese government is not going to do it, and the us has been slow to act, then the decision is up to recipient countries, and although it is not a perfect way of doing it, their is opportunity to design a scheme around a coal fired power station that reflects the costs and benefits that they think the country most needs.
there are a few options you might think of, one is, well the recipient has the opportunity to offset the costs of the damages that might be caused to the environment and public health by implementing, creating or offering some sort of a package of measures that would help to reduce the impact to their environment and to their public health.
another option that has been considered is to have private insurance companies, or some sort of an insurance scheme set up in order to help provide a means of providing the funds necessary to help build that new power station or to run that existing power station.
the final option that has been considered at international meetings, and which has been of particular interest to many people at international meetings is a form of carbon emissions trading that you might think of as a type of insurance.
to a large extent, the debate about whether or not it is right or wrong, or what proportion of its future production should come from coal, is still ongoing in china. the governments in the south have been much more proactive in setting up these coal fired power stations than the governments in the north, and they are keen to demonstrate that much of the countries energy security and future prosperity, is dependent upon these coal fired power stations. the argument is that a lot of the electricity will be needed to run industries in the north, especially, the manufacturing industries, and to wean these industries off expensive foreign imports. and therefore, there is an argument for exporting a lot of power rather than moving into export only coal, exporting expensive electricity rather than cheaper electricity.