The global climate negotiations in Paris, like the schemes some Canadian provinces have adopted to meet their self-imposed targets, have all been predicated on the fib that greenhouse-gas emissions are easily measurable and verifiable. The opposite is true, a fact politicians and climatecrats continue to gloss over as they jet to summits pretending to save the planet.
The climatecrats’ most obvious disconnect concerns China. No one knows how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases the world’s biggest polluter really emits.
The Chinese government’s own estimates are simply not credible, a fact underscored by its recent admission that the country had been burning 17 per cent more coal a year than it had previously disclosed.
Any reduction in China’s coal consumption has nothing to do with an accord negotiated in Paris or last year’s bilateral deal between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama, under which China’s emissions are to peak (at some unknowable level) in 2030.
A slowing economy is the main reason coal consumption has come down lately. As for cutting coal use in the future, it has become a domestic political imperative unrelated to climate change, the latter resulting from greenhouse gases trapped high up in the atmosphere.
Public outrage over intolerable smog levels, caused by low-lying, non-greenhouse gases, is forcing the Communist regime to cut coal.
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