China will soon trump America: The country is now the global leader in climate change


mentalfloss
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China will soon trump America: The country is now the global leader in climate change reform

The election of climate change skeptic Donald Trump as president is likely to end the U.S. leadership role in the international fight against global warming and may lead to the emergence of a new and unlikely champion: China.

China worked closely with the administration of outgoing President Barack Obama to build momentum ahead of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The partnership of the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters helped get nearly 200 countries to support the pact at the historic meet in France’s capital.

By contrast, Trump has called global warming a hoax created by China to give the country an economic advantage, and said he plans to remove the United States from the historic climate agreement, as well as reverse many of Obama’s measures to combat climate change.

He has appointed noted climate change skeptic Myron Ebell to help lead transition planning for the Environmental Protection Agency, which has crafted the administration’s major environmental regulations such as the Clean Power Plan and efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

Beijing is poised to cash in on the goodwill it could earn by taking on leadership in dealing with what for many other governments is one of the most urgent issues on their agenda.

“Proactively taking action against climate change will improve China’s international image and allow it to occupy the moral high ground,” Zou Ji, deputy director of the National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and a senior Chinese climate talks negotiator, told Reuters.

Zou said that if Trump abandons efforts to implement the Paris agreement, “China’s influence and voice are likely to increase in global climate governance, which will then spill over into other areas of global governance and increase China’s global standing, power and leadership.”

Chen Zhihua, a representative of the Chinese delegation and official in the climate change division of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s economic planning agency, said Chinese and other countries’ efforts will not change if the United States withdraws from the agreement.

“Action by the international community will not stop because of the new government of the United States. We still have confidence the international community will join hands and continue our efforts on climate change,” he told reporters at the 200-nation U.N. meeting being held in Marrakesh to start fleshing out the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

China will soon trump America: The country is now the global leader in climate change reform - Salon.com
 
Johnnny
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Good it's about time.
 
mentalfloss
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The Chinese government thanks you for your contribution comrade.
 
Durry
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Glad to see Trump is dumping the carbon tax /Climate change agenda.

We are currently in an inter-glacial phase of an ice age that began about 37 million years ago.

For most of the earth's history, it has been warmer and wetter than it is now. The principal engine affecting climate is the sun, not carbon dioxide. Other geological forces (rarely included in the computer models that catastrophists are so fond of quoting) include the changing shape of continents and of the sea floor, tectonic plate movement, the opening and closing of sea ways, changes in the Earth’s orbit, supernova eruptions, comet dust, impacts by comets and asteroids, volcanic activity, bacteria, soil formation, sedimentation, ocean currents and the chemistry of air, just to name a few. You could add in the immense, but unquantified, role of methane-producing insects like termites.

Attributing climate change to carbon dioxide alone ignores all these planetary influences.
 
Danbones
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excellent
that's the end of their economy
 
Bar Sinister
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China is moving ahead of the US on may fronts including a modern high-speed rail system; alternate energy sources; and many other areas. While the US dithers over climate change China recognizes it as a real problem and is taking the necessary steps to modernize its systems of production and clean up its polluted air. If the US does not get its act together China will move ahead of it on many fronts.
 
Jinentonix
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And yet China still consumes 48% of the world's annual coal production. Down a whopping 2% from 2013 and part of that is a result of the hit to their steel industry.

Yeah, wake me when they actually achieve something.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

excellent
that's the end of their economy

You do realize they will leap frog ours, right?
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

And yet China still consumes 48% of the world's annual coal production. Down a whopping 2% from 2013 and part of that is a result of the hit to their steel industry.

Yeah, wake me when they actually achieve something.

Time to wake up. China is already ahead in high speed rail and will soon have a passenger rail system to outclass anything in the US. As for China's high levels of coal production, why do you think the Chinese are embracing alternatives energy sources? It is a colossal error to dismiss a nation that was once the most advanced in the world when the US was still a British colony.
 
mentalfloss
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He doesn't understand the fact that they are in transition - and beating us at it.
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

China is moving ahead of the US on may fronts including a modern high-speed rail system; alternate energy sources; and many other areas. While the US dithers over climate change China recognizes it as a real problem and is taking the necessary steps to modernize its systems of production and clean up its polluted air. If the US does not get its act together China will move ahead of it on many fronts.

Maybe they are cleaning up that air pollution so that people can breath .
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Maybe they are cleaning up that air pollution so that people can breath .

Canadian LNG to the rescue.
 
mentalfloss
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Canadians to the rescue lol
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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19% more coal plants this year. Leaders.
 
mentalfloss
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Yes, they are.
 
petros
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Are they shutting coal plants down?
 
mentalfloss
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Yes.
 
petros
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Nope!
 
mentalfloss
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Whatever makes you feel better little trumpkin.
 
petros
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You don't know do you?
 
mentalfloss
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That they reached peak coal development in 2013?


If course I do.
 
petros
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You're f-cked!!!
 
mentalfloss
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And so dies another troll fallacy you've perpetuated.
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

He doesn't understand the fact that they are in transition - and beating us at it.

No, I get it. When you burn half the world's annual coal supply, it's nothing to brag about.
The simple fact is, in 2015 China still derived 73% of its power from coal. Canada's TOTAL fossil fuel power generation capacity is about 20%. Oh, and Canada's numbers are from 2010 as opposed to China where the numbers are for 2015.
So China; 78% of its power generation derived by coal. Canada; 20% of its power generation is derived by fossil fuels of all types. Tell me again how China is beating us at this?
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

No, I get it. When you burn half the world's annual coal supply, it's nothing to brag about.
The simple fact is, in 2015 China still derived 73% of its power from coal. Canada's TOTAL fossil fuel power generation capacity is about 20%. Oh, and Canada's numbers are from 2010 as opposed to China where the numbers are for 2015.
So China; 78% of its power generation derived by coal. Canada; 20% of its power generation is derived by fossil fuels of all types. Tell me again how China is beating us at this?

I am afraid MF is right. You just don't get it. The entire point of turning to energy sources that don't pollute is to reduce coal and oil consumption. What is there that you don't get about that? And BTW Canada is not the US. The comparison was made to the US, a nation that has very high fossil fuel consumption.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

I am afraid MF is right. You just don't get it. The entire point of turning to energy sources that don't pollute is to reduce coal and oil consumption. What is there that you don't get about that? And BTW Canada is not the US. The comparison was made to the US, a nation that has very high fossil fuel consumption.

What MF doesn't seem to get is China is not doing that. They are increasing their coal consumption and producing a vast majority of the worlds CO2 emissions. He is praising them for their initiative.
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

What MF doesn't seem to get is China is not doing that. They are increasing their coal consumption and producing a vast majority of the worlds CO2 emissions. He is praising them for their initiative.

Lots of that coal comes from B.C. and Alberta . BTW