By Donna Laframboise
Following Barack Obama’s recent visit to China, the White House issued a joint U.S.-China climate announcement that says, “China intends to achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions around 2030.” But that isn’t news.
A report published three-and-a-half-years ago and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy had already predicted this. Titled China’s Energy and Carbon Emissions Outlook to 2050, it says that population growth, urbanization and other factors are all expected to peak in China by 2030. Therefore, emissions will, too.
Welcome to the smoke-and-mirrors world of climate negotiations. First, Mr. Obama’s “historic” agreement takes credit for forces already in motion in a foreign country. Second, despite all evidence to the contrary, it pretends that America is capable of reducing its own emissions dramatically over the next decade. (more…)