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Emission Impossible: Obama reaches ‘climate change’ agreement with China

By Doug Powers  •  November 12, 2014 07:53 AM

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Brace for a fresh round of “green job” boondoggles, more pink slips to American workers and higher energy prices. Those are policies that, according to Obama, were “on the ballot” and resoundingly rejected last Tuesday, so the president took the show overseas to reach a vague “deal” with China:

Creating an opening for a larger international agreement, China and the United States on Wednesday announced new targets for greenhouse gas emissions that are intended to help curb global climate change.

As part of the arrangement, announced by the White House, the United States would cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels in the next 11 years.

At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China agreed that China for the first time would set a date when its emissions would hit a peak, after which it would begin cutting its use of fossil fuels. According to the White House, China will aim to peak its carbon dioxide emissions “around 2030,” with the intention of trying to hit that target sooner. At the same time, China would work to increase the non-fossil fuel share of its energy use to 20 percent by 2030.

That was enough to get U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power totes excited!

Of course, any China emission cuts (or even eventual caps) will be on the honor system:

Yet China’s environmental authorities are notoriously opaque, making the true extent of its carbon emissions – and its progress in mitigating them – difficult to assess. In June, scientists from China, Britain and the US reviewed data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics and found that the country’s total emissions from 1997 to 2010 may be 20% (1.4bn tonnes) higher than reported.

The Obama administration’s philosophy on environmental agreements is “trust them to verify.” How hard is China’s leadership laughing right now?

Even if the Chinese president were sincere, expecting that country to meet the goals of the saving-the-earth-by-handshake deal reached in Beijing would be about as realistic as saying that all cars in the U.S. will be spinach-powered within 16 years:

The scale of construction for China to meet its goals is huge even by Chinese standards. It must add 800 to 1,000 gigawatts of nuclear, wind, solar and other zero-emission generating capacity by 2030 — more than all the coal-fired power plants that exist in China today and close to the total electricity generating capacity of the United States.

Not to trample on the climate change alarmists’ excitement, but that ain’t happening.

Fun fact: Any actual emissions cuts that will result from agreements at APEC have already been offset by all the private jets flying to and from the meeting.


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