One of our favorite headlines from the clever parody site The Onion reads, “China Vows To Begin Aggressively Falsifying Air Pollution Numbers.”
Once again parody has a way of becoming reality.
Last Saturday the UN held an online “Climate Ambition Summit,” and China used the occasion to play the rest of the world for fools.
China has been using a provision in the Paris Climate Accord called “common but differentiated responsibilities” to demand that the United States and other nations slash emissions while China continues to build coal plants as fast as its economy will allow. This is a surefire way to continue the massive shift of manufacturing from the free world to China.
Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping tried to cover China’s rapidly expanding emissions by offering vague promises far down the road. He told the UN summit that China agreed merely to “aim” at capping their emissions by 2030, and will then try and be “carbon neutral” by 2060. Any theoretical Chinese economic pain would occur long after Secretary Xi has departed this world, if ever.
Green pressure groups accept this ruse at face value. They dare not criticize China for fear of jeopardizing their funding and ability to operate in China.
China accounts for over 28% of worldwide emissions and is growing rapidly. The U.S. accounts for only 15% of world emissions and, thanks to the fracking revolution, has used natural gas to dramatically slash its own emissions (if that’s your thing). The Greens, however, persist in treating China as a saint and the U.S. as the sinner.
China should not be judged by its words, but only by its actions.
It is axiomatic that Socialists always lie. Saying one thing while planning another is fundamental to the way China operates.
Under the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, China promised to respect the individual freedom and democratic traditions of the people of Hong Kong. China assured the British that Hong Kong could rely on a future under which there would be “one country, two systems.” 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but particularly for the people of Hong Kong as China stripped them of their liberties and is now blatantly arresting those who dissent.
Watch out Taiwan.
For China, climate change is nothing more than a ruse de guerre they employ to throttle their competition, grow their economy and build their worldwide influence and might.
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