An Inconvenient Truth
China has surpassed the US as the world's largest producer of CO2, the chief "greenhouse gas" said responsible for Global Warming. What will environmentalists say? Barking Moonbat Early Warning System thinks they will say nothing because the real goal of "climate change" activism was to hamstring America.
Come, come. Surely the designers of Kyoto will take a bow. The agreemnent was specifically designed to exempt China and India on the grounds that they were "less culpable". But the argument flew in the face of the facts. Harvard economist Greg Mankiw looks back at how the Clinton Administration regarded Kyoto at its inception. "My understanding is that the economists in the Clinton administration fought vigorously against the Kyoto treaty but lost the internal policy battle to the Vice President's office. I don't recall the full story of that battle ever being told." That would be Vice President Al Gore. Even Australian MP Malcolm Turnbull, who is a supporter of reducing greenhouse gases, understood that Kyoto was just a shell game whose effect was simply to move pollution around.
Second, New Kyoto must be truly global and it must include all major emitters including the US, China and India. A tonne of CO2 emissions has the same impact whether it is emitted in Sydney, Shanghai or Stockholm. China is expected shortly to overtake the USA as the world’s largest emitter, perhaps as early as this year. By 2030 China’s emissions will be growing twice as fast as those of all the OECD nations put together.
The effect of Kyoto has been to export pollution -- and jobs -- to China. Anybody could see that, but it was an Inconvenient Truth.