Paris climate accord flops as China increases carbon emissions more than rest of the world reduces them

While America has been busily shuttering coal fired utilities, China has stomped down on the accelerator in increasing coal fired electricity generation. 

By Rick Manning

President Joe Biden’s blind re-entry into the fatally flawed Paris Climate Accord in January was little more than a promise to unilaterally decapitate energy production and use in the United States while China continues to accelerate their carbon output.

But if you had any doubts, while the Biden administration via climate envoy John Kerry continues promoting the unenforceable Paris Climate Accords in Asia, China increased coal-fired electricity production faster than the rest of the world reduced it in 2020 — highlighting continued concerns about non-reciprocity in the agreement.

Specially, China increased its coal fired electricity production capacity by 38.4 GW with new plants, in 2020, while 37.8 GW of coal plants were retired everywhere else, according to a study by Global Energy Monitor, Sierra Club, CREA, Climate Risk Horizons, GreenID and Ekosfer.

That’s right, while America has been busily shuttering coal fired utilities based upon regulatory and fiscal pressures to convert them to less resilient and more vulnerable natural gas, China has stomped down on the accelerator in increasing coal fired electricity generation.

What’s even worse is that the agreement that Biden blindly stumbled back into makes zero provisions that China, whose growth continues outpacing the U.S., would begin immediately lowering their carbon footprint. Instead, because all of Paris’ targets are voluntary, it allows the communist regime to accelerate their dependence on coal while welcoming the world’s manufacturers to move to their high pollution, low regulation shores.

The truth is that coal fired plants in the U.S. are significantly less polluting than those being built in China, and if environmental groups were truly serious about their claim of man-made climate change, they would boycott companies that offshore their production to China as this increases their so-called carbon footprint on a world-wide basis.

But so-called environmentalists’ silence on this issue shows once again, that they are less concerned about pollution across the globe and more concerned with outsourcing production and crippling free market economies to the advantage of communist China.

The fact that Biden jumped back into the Paris agreement without any demand to force the world’s largest polluter to take significant, economy stifling actions while pledging the U.S. to even more detrimental goals than established in 2015, shows they are not really serious about the issue.

Instead, the Biden administration views it as a means for creating federal government dictates via the Green New Deal or other carbon reducing schemes, and expand Washington, D.C.s control over the formerly free enterprise system in America, while depending on imports from China for green technology. In a word, the Biden green agenda can be characterized by one word — fraudulent.

Rick Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government.

 

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