Over the months, I’ve denigrated Western global hysteria on the ground that whatever we do is irrelevant. China (and possibly India) will make the difference. To pat myself on the back, I was right:
Far more than previously acknowledged, the battle against global warming will be won or lost in China, even more so than in the West, new data show.
A report released last week by Beijing authorities indicated that as its economy continues to expand at a red-hot pace, China is highly likely to overtake the United States this year or in 2008 as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
This information, along with data from the International Energy Agency, the Paris-based alliance of oil importing nations, also revealed that China’s greenhouse gas emissions have recently been growing by a total amount much greater than that of all industrialized nations put together.
“The magnitude of what’s happening in China threatens to wipe out what’s happening internationally,” said David Fridley, leader of the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
“Today’s global warming problem has been caused mainly by us in the West, with the cumulative (carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases) in the atmosphere, but China is contributing to the global warming problem of tomorrow.”
To think that St. Al didn’t know about this China factor is ludicrous. This fact lends more credibility to the growing belief that Bore’s climate hysteria is predicated on his carbon offset business, which will become every more meaninglessly “important” as he pours pretend dollars into little factories in the Far East, and gets real dollars in his pocket.