The phony claims of Europe, China and India on CO2 emissions

Stephen Moore and Timothy Doescher:
Maybe the phoniest and most laughable reaction to President Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord was the European and Chinese leaders who blasted Mr. Trump and America for “surrendering its world leadership” role. The sanctimonious leaders in Asia and European nations pledged to move full speed ahead on clean energy with or without the United States. Be my guest.

But we’ve been to this movie before. The Europeans were all in on the Kyoto Climate Change deal back in 2001 — an international treaty the U.S. rightly rejected. Euroland promised a massive shift to green energy and to abandon fossil fuels to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. But guess what? The green energy revolution was a bust. None of these countries came close to meeting those targets. Now these nations, especially Germany, are moving away from the saintly clean energy sources.

Why would we believe them when they say they are now solemnly committed to a new treaty when they violated the last one?

Even more amazing and underreported is that the United States — even though we did not make a pledge to reduce our greenhouse gases in accord with that treaty — has reduced our carbon emissions more than the European signatories.

Contrary to the flood of insults directed at the Trump administration, the U.S. is not the bad actor on the world stage on environmental protection. We are the world leader in environmental stewardship and our energy use as a share of the economy continues to shrink.

An even more preposterous claim is that China and India — the two largest polluters by far — are moving away from fossil fuels and transitioning to wind and solar power.

No they are not. Here is what The Wall Street Journal reported in a November story about China and India “doubling down” on fossil fuel use: “China’s government said it would raise coal power capacity by as much as 20 percent by 2020, ensuring a continuing strong role for the commodity in the country’s energy sector despite a pledge to bring down pollution levels. In a new five-year plan for electricity released Monday, the National Energy Administration said it would raise coal-fired power capacity from around 900 gigawatts last year to as high as 1,100 gigawatts by 2020.”
There is more.

The climate phonies in the media that claimed the US was surrendering leadership to China were just blowing their own smokestack.  They use these type of phony arguments in an attempt to insult the intelligence of Trump and those who are not buying into their push for control freak responses to climate change.


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