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China Is Sticking To The Paris Agreement In Name Only– Their PLans Show A Very Different Intent

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Some people appear to be stuck in some type of time warp…

Glenn Kessler awarded Pruitt four “Pinocchios” in the fact check Friday for a claim he made that China and India had “no obligations” to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement.

But Kessler seriously undercuts his conclusion by acknowledging in his review that the agreement in question is not legally binding, so China and India are not bound to follow its terms.

“Paris agreement the U.S. joined under former President Barack Obama did not put America first, because “China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030.”

Reported by dailycaller,

As President Donald Trump prepared to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement on climate change, the media is rife with stories about how China pledged to fully implement its global warming pledge.

China did vow to keep its Paris agreement commitments, but that won’t really mean much given it pledged to increase greenhouse gas emissions for the foreseeable future.

The New York Times reported Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday that “his country remained committed to the fight against climate change and to participating in international efforts for a greener world.”

Two days earlier The NYT reported China was “poised to take the lead on climate,” and it’s more likely we’ll see “China pushing the United States to meet its commitments and try to live up to the letter and spirit of the 2015 Paris Agreement, even if Mr. Trump has signaled he has no intention of doing so.”

Environmentalists and Democratic politicians used the talking point as well. They argue the U.S. has ceded leadership on global warming to China.

The Sierra Club sent out an email blast Thursday saying “China and the EU have seized the leadership role once held by the U.S., forming a historic climate diplomacy alliance” because the two were moving ahead with implementing the Paris agreement.

Did any of them actually look at what China pledged to do?

China’s pledged to “peak” greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. What’s implied here is that China will increase emissions in absolute terms during that time.

China basically promised to follow its already expected development track, where emissions are expected to level off between 2025 and 2030.

But China said they would reduce emissions per unit of economic output 60 to 65 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, right?

Yes, but China is only promising to continue an economic trend that’s been occurring since they’ve industrialized.

China had already cut emissions per unit of output nearly 34 percent below 2005 levels before Paris went into effect in 2016. What’s interesting is its output pledge is only half the rate of reductions in recent years.

China can reduce its emissions per unit of output while increasing overall emissions — that’s what matters in terms of global warming. It’s almost like they are gaming the whole Paris agreement.



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