Why destroy the economy to cut emissions – while China and India are fading away?

President Joe Biden and “Special Envoy for Climate” John Kerry’s upcoming trip to United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland You’ll experience what this administration cares most about: lecturing American suburbanites to world leaders — or tackling the world’s most serious environmental problems.

Because if this is the last, Biden wont They are calling for more efforts to reduce emissions. After all, China and India have proven that they do not intend to Do a lot on that front They are clearly the most troubling of concerns. It doesn’t make sense for Western countries to keep putting pressure on their economies and paying trillions of dollars to drastically reduce emissions while China and India abandon them.

For the most part, developed countries in the West have kept carbon emissions stable, or even reduced, since the 1970s – despite population growth. In that decade, the United States was extracting between 4 billion and 5 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually from burning fossil fuels and producing cement, making us the largest carbon generators in the world. By the turn of the millennium, we had crossed 6 billion. But in 2006, for the first time, China overtook us, delivering 6.38 billion tons to our 6.05.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning fossil fuels to produce power and cement.

And while the US has tended to decline every year since then, China’s production has done Nothing but climbing, Climbing, Climbing: In 2019, the latest year for our “Our World in Data” (an Oxford University project), the Chinese released 10.17 billion tons, compared to 5.28 billion tons.

India currently produces just over half the carbon dioxide that America does, but its production has only been growing while ours has been declining. Once again, China has outpaced India’s emissions growth.

We have tried to address these problems before, going back to the international Kyoto Protocol, which came into force more than a decade ago, and, more recently, the Paris Climate Agreement. Both had no meaning then and no meaning now.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the agenda to rebuild better infrastructure at the NJ TRANSIT Meadowlands Conservation Complex in Kearney, New Jersey, United States, October 25, 2021.
President Joe Biden’s trip to the United Nations Climate Change Conference will test whether the administration is interested in tackling the world’s most serious environmental problems.
Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Kyoto Protocol did not ask China or India to reduce carbon emissions. Under the Paris Agreement, the US would provide trillions of dollars in aid to India, while expecting almost nothing from China until 2030, at which point the Chinese government thought it would peak emissions anyway. (And if it doesn’t… Oh, well.)

Democrats pushing for supposed mutual sacrifices may not have noticed, but China hasn’t been particularly nice to us (and others) recently: It won’t cooperate in an investigation into the origins of COVID. I just tested a hypersonic missile. It’s our number one cyber threat. It crushed democracy in Hong Kong, and broke its treaty with Britain. It threatens Taiwan and persecutes the Uyghurs.

Entering into an agreement with the Chinese that allows Beijing to advance in full force economically while we shut down power plants (and possibly the factories that depend on them) is like persuading an opponent in a boxing match by promising to tie our hands behind our backs.

John Kerry, the United States' special presidential envoy for climate, waves as he arrives at the Elysee Palace for the One Planet Summit in Paris, Monday, October 4, 2021.
John Kerry, the United States’ special presidential envoy for climate, waves as he arrives at the Elysee Palace for the One Planet Summit in Paris, Monday, October 4, 2021.
Associated Press/Michael Euler

You can’t blame China and India: they want more from their economies, to ease the plight of the poor and catch up with richer countries (like us). that they Need Cheap energy, including coal – a major contributor to emissions. And whether the Chinese know it or not, rising carbon dioxide and rising numbers of temporary employees are unlikely to end the world, no matter what the freaks say.

It doesn’t matter: Democrats and liberals are intent on telling middle-class Americans to stop air travel, pay $5 or $10 a gallon for gas and light their homes with candles, even if it doesn’t help climate change, like China and India. puffs away. So as you watch the preparation and “commitments” to cut emissions at Glasgow, just remember one thing: the more the parties “get” done, the worse the West, the better China will be – and all with little to no improvement on the climate change front.

Eddie Scarry is a columnist for The Federalist.

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