I’d classify this as the eye-opening story of the day:
Looking at global aggregates, decades of efforts to reduce carbon emissions appear to have made no difference. On global aggregate numbers, it’s hard to gainsay that conclusion. Over the decade through 2018, emissions increased by 12%, or 4.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. A decade or so of further pollution at that level will eliminate all possibility of avoiding catastrophic warming.
Break out the numbers by country, however, and a very different picture emerges. Some 89% of the additional greenhouse gases came from just two countries: China, which alone accounted for 69% of the increase, and India. Emissions from the EU, Japan and U.S. fell, and by 2018 were lower than they were in the 1990s.
Wow. So it really doesn’t matter what politicians and bureaucrats do in the US or EU. Not when China and India account for 90% of the carbon. In fact, if the US and EU implement a ban on fossil fuels, all it might accomplish is to make fossil fuels even cheaper so that China and India further increase the amount of carbon being released. In other words, those trying to implement a fossil fuel ban here in the West might be making it worse.
That’s why the climate and energy plans that will be presented in China’s 14th Five Year Plan this week represent the most important policies being made anywhere in determining the fate of the planet. If they live up to the promise of President Xi Jinping’s pledge to reduce the country’s emissions to net zero by 2060, we may have to start lifting our expectations of what’s possible in terms of decarbonization.
LOL. What kind of gullible fool actually believes President Xi Jinping will honor this pledge? Since when did atheistic communist countries ever be truthful on such important matters? They can’t even tell thr truth about the number of covid cases they have.
Time to face the music. Since the ability to avert “catastrophic warming” is dependent on China, .catastrophic warming is inevitable.