China is, by far, the world’s largest source of carbon emissions, methane emissions, and other so-called pollutants.
A graph at the World Bank website, not exactly a right-wing conspiracy source, illustrates where all that worrisome carbon and methane is coming from:
The graphs, which show data up to 2020 (though the graphs for some reason avoid tagging the last time segment), clearly identify Asia as by far the largest emissions source.
In 2019 China’s emissions surpassed those of the U.S. and the world’s developed nations combined, admitted CNBC.
Meanwhile, the Americas and Europe actually show reductions in overall emissions since the 1990s.
This is important, because these regions still manage to supply the largest percentage of the world’s goods and services, including crucial agricultural products, with incredible efficiency, relative to their population sizes, compared to the Asian region.
China, of course, has the largest population of any nation, and is the single largest “greenhouse” gas emitter.
So how does China continue to avoid having to lead the way in reducing these emissions, even as it preaches to the world, as it did at the recent COP27 Climate conference, that more must be done to combat a climate crisis?
It’s an excellent question that no one in mainstream media or Western governments seems to want to talk about.
U.S. Foots Climate Agenda Costs While China Skates
This past week, the Biden administration announced that it would cough up 20 billion dollars to help Indonesia transition away from coal-generated electricity, and toward a “green economy.”
And just this Saturday, Biden said the U.S. would contribute billions—probably on an annual basis—to a “Climate Reparations Fund” proposed at the COP27 climate conference. Just a short time before, Biden’s climate czar John Kerry, told reporters such a fund wasn’t going to be implemented.
“It’s a well-known fact that the United States and many other countries will not establish … some sort of legal structure that is tied to compensation or liability,” said Kerry on November 12, before the stunning Biden announcement.
Some are already speculating that China would actually benefit by reparation funds.
So why isn’t China, which is busy building up and employing its military to carry out what it terms its legitimate leadership (ie. aspiration to dominance) in the Asian region, footing that Indonesian transition?
The White House also managed to rope in European countries like Denmark and Norway into the Indonesian initiative.
China meanwhile, as The Washington Post noted in a wrap-up story about COP27, has “resisted the idea of committing either to more emission cuts or to money for helping vulnerable countries cope with sea-level rise, deadly heat waves and other climate impacts.”
Bloomberg reported that China actually made news during COP27 for ramping up coal power plants.
A Chinese delegation at the climate conference said the country’s plans to expand coal power plants, already the largest fleet in the world, is only a temporary fix for the country’s “energy security” needs, and do not signal a change in its emissions policies.
In other words, pay no attention to those coal plants we’re building, as we tell the rest of the world to atone for climate sins.
Climate Sins, Or Climate Con?
And that’s the nut of China’s argument, that the West, and especially western media and activist groups have internalized.
The argument goes like this: sure, China and Asia may be the world’s largest emissions polluters now. But the U.S. is still the largest “historical emissions” contributor.
A CNBC story on COP27 took pains to pound the point home.
“The U.S. being the biggest historical emitter and China being the biggest emitter now, if they come together and say that we are going to be working in harmony, it is going to send a very positive signal,” CNBC quoted Harjeet Singh, head of global political strategy at Climate Action Network.
By working in harmony, Singh evidently meant the U.S. not making a fuss about China’s pursuing its “energy security needs.” And the U.S. forking over billions for Asian green energy makeovers.
And the U.S. ceding economic growth and industrial leadership to China, due to hamstringing its own energy needs with zero carbon goals that virtually ensure the only thing America will lead the world in, is DeGrowth.
Of course, that America needs to atone for greenhouse emissions sins, leaves out inconvenient truths, to use an Al Gore favorite.
One inconvenient truth is that up until the latter half of the 20th century, many of the “clean technologies” being implemented to combat carbon and other missions didn’t exist.
But they do now, and China shouldn’t be exempted from using them, because they need cheap energy to compete and beat the U.S. in the battle for economic supremacy.
Another inconvenient truth is that the U.S. led the way in virtually every alternative energy development technology, including hydroelectric, nuclear, wind and solar.
A third inconvenient truth is that over the course of that dirty 20th century, the U.S. supplied the lion’s share of agricultural products, industrial equipment and consumer goods to the world.
Its trade relationships and partnerships in Asia literally allowed the region to modernize, especially from the 1980’s onward. Needless to say, the WTO agreement formulated by the Clinton administration in the 1990’s, and signed off on by George Bush early in his Presidency, was a disaster for the U.S. and Europe, but an incredible boon for China.
The WTO agreement allowing China entrance and special benefits and allowances as an “emerging economy” skewed even more to China’s benefit, since China reneged on many of its trade obligations, while the West never retaliated by sanctioning or throwing China out.
All this isn’t the whole story of how China has managed to become far and away the world’s largest greenhouse emitter, while making the U.S. and others pay. There’s also the widespread infiltration of western media, academia and influence buying with western business entities, and western politicians.
No. Energy is the most central requirement of any modern society. No industry can flourish, and no military can be built or exist without ample amounts of it.
China knows the score. It’s why their “climate agenda” is completely different, for all the rosy rhetoric, from what the U.S. and the west have allowed themselves to be saddled with, in the name of saving the earth.
For related reading, check out:
- “AMERICA DRIFTS TOWARD CHINA’S ‘TECHNO-AUTOCRACY’” (9 Feb 2021)
- “ENERGY INFLATION AND GREEN ENERGY TYCOONS” (17 May 2021)
- “CHINA PUTS BRAKES ON ITS EFFORT TO REDUCE EMISSIONS” (15 Jun 2021)
- “POWER SHORTAGES CUT CHINA’S FACTORY OUTPUT: HOW BAD IS BAD?” (5 Oct 2021)
- “CHINA HAS HOOKS IN POLS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE” (25 Jan 2022)
- “DON’T CALL IT DRAGFLATION, IT’S “DEGROWTH” SAYS WEF” (21 Jun 2022)
- “GREEN ENERGY TYCOONS UPDATE: INVESTIGATING THE ‘CLIMATE CARTEL’” (19 Jul 2022)
- “COP27: 30 YEARS OF DUBIOUS CLIMATE ‘SUCCESS’” (8 Nov 2022)
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