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China Demand $100 Billion While They Continue To Increase Emissions

September 29, 2014
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By Paul Homewood 




Fox report:


While President Obama challenged China at the United Nations to follow the U.S. lead in pushing for drastic reductions in national carbon emissions to save the planet from “climate change,” it appears that China has dramatically different ideas. As in: no.

According to a document deposited at the Geneva-based U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in advance of a planned meeting next month, China — now the world’s largest source of greenhouse gases — insists that the U.S. and other developed countries endure most of the economic pain of carbon emission cutbacks, and need to make significantly more sacrifices in the months ahead.

Carbon emission cutbacks by China and other developing countries, the document says, will be “dependent on the adequate finance and technology support provided by developed country parties” to any new climate accord.

In other words, only if Western nations pay for it.

More specifically, only if Western taxpayers ante up.  Among other things, the Chinese communist regime insists that the incentive payments it demands must come from “new, additional, adequate, predictable and sustained public funds" — rather than mostly private financing, as the U.S. hopes.

In addition, the Chinese state:

— A promised $100 billion in annual climate financing that Western nations have already pledged  to developing countries for carbon emission control and other actions by 2020 is only  the "starting point" for additional Western financial commitments that must be laid out in a "clear road map," which includes "specific targets, timelines and identified sources;"

–In the longer run, developed countries should be committing “at least 1 percent” of their Gross Domestic Product — much more than they spend on easing global poverty” into a U.N.-administered Green Carbon Fund to pay for the developing country changes;

–In the meantime, the $100 billion pledge to the same fund should be reached by $10 billion increments, starting from a $40 billion floor this year;

–Western countries also need to remove “obstacles such as IPRs [intellectual property rights]” to “promote, facilitate and finance the transfer” of “technologies and know-how” to developing countries in advance of any future climate deal;

The Chinese submission is part of the paperwork submitted by a variety of nations in advance of negotiations on a new global climate treaty, which is slated to be unveiled at a grand climate summit meeting in Paris at the end of 2015. This week’s ballyhooed climate summit in New York City was intended to kick-start the diplomatic process that will wend toward the Paris finale.

The Paris 2015 treaty is supposed to replace the tattered Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2020, and which the U.S. never ratified — in large measure because huge greenhouse emitters like China and India were given a pass from most of its strictures.

Since then, countries like Canada and Russia have left the protocol, and others, like Japan, have declined to tighten the screws further on carbon emissions in a time of faltering economic growth.

But while President Obama was telling the summit attendees in New York that “nobody can stand on the sidelines on this issue,” and advising world leaders that he had told China’s top delegate at their meeting that “we have a special responsibility to lead,” China has staked out its much tougher position  in a nine-page position paper drearily titled, “Submission on the Work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.”

The working group, part of the UNFCCC process, is pulling together international positions to develop a consensus starting point for the Paris treaty negotiations, which will supposedly be unveiled at a meeting in Lima, Peru, in December. The Chinese paper, however, went to an earlier preparatory meeting slated to begin in Bonn on October 25.

According to the Chinese, all of the additional Western action is necessary because developing countries have already done their part at greenhouse gas cutbacks—or, as the position paper has it, in typical U.N. climate-speak, “have already communicated and implemented ambitious nationally appropriate mitigation actions.”

Indeed, the paper continues, “Their contribution to global mitigation efforts is far greater than that by developed countries.”

That conclusion appears to largely draw on the fact that China believes that Western countries are “responsible for the current and future concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere because of their historical, current and future emissions,” while “developing countries have the right to equitable development opportunities and sustainable development.”

That was largely the logic behind the faltering Kyoto Protocol, in which China pledged only to reduce the “carbon intensity”—the relative greenhouse gas efficiency– of its industrialization, without any effort at actual cutbacks.

Optimists now believe that China will move in the new round of climate negotiations toward an actual trajectory of cutbacks, but there is no sign of that ambition in the current position paper.

In fact, the paper argues that any new agreement should “be based and built” on the structures of the old Kyoto deal, with “developed country Parties taking the lead in greenhouse gas emission reduction.”

There is perhaps one major exception: “Commitments by developed country Parties [to the new treaty] on providing finance, technology and capacity-building support to developing country Parties shall be of the same legal bindingness as their mitigation commitments.”

In other words:  pay-as-you-go on “climate change”  means that so far as China is concerned, the U.S. and other advanced countries should do all the paying, and most of the going.



CO2 Stats for 2013


We often hear the excuse for China’s high emissions that they are a “large country”. In fact, latest emissions from the Global Carbon Project show that in 2013 China’s per capita emissions have actually exceeded the EU’s for the first time, 7.2 tonnes per head compared to the EU’s 6.8.



Per Capita Emissions

Figure 1




Figure 2


Figure 3

Figure 2 & 3 show the latest territorial distribution of emissions, and the change over the last ten years.While emissions in the US and EU have fallen by around 8% and 14% respectively, they have sharply increased not only in China and India, but also in the Rest of the World.

As Fox report, China’s latest ploy is to ignore current emissions and focus on cumulative emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution. China Daily, for instance, state:

However, the EU, since the industrial revolution, has produced more cumulative emissions per capita than China, Zou said.

About 70 percent of cumulative emissions since the industrial revolution were emitted from developed countries, which are believed to be the reason behind today’s global climate change, according to the latest assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.



Perhaps they would like to return to the climate of the 19thC, when the North Chinese Famine of 1876-79 killed 13 million.

  1. September 29, 2014 11:35 am

    Since I am a permanent resident in Hong Kong I think it only right and proper that a decent whack of that $100 billion makes its way into my bank account. So who’s going to be first?

  2. September 29, 2014 12:23 pm

    Reblogged this on CraigM350.

  3. Herve D permalink
    September 29, 2014 1:20 pm

    China position is very correct since , after all, the AGW is a western invention so far transformed into a 1400 billion $ hoax. Why the latest comer should pay, while the former enjoyed 170-year of non-stop polluting? West claim that CO² stays many centuries in atmosphere, so why does West disregard these 170years?
    West is trapped in self lies..!

  4. John F. Hultquist permalink
    September 29, 2014 4:23 pm

    The only reasonable solution to this issue is for politicians from developed nations to look at the correlation between CO2 and temperature – then declare there is no CAGW. Then they can get back to their real concern of extracting money from supporters so they can get reelected, so they can use their public power to expand their personal wealth. Any excuse will do, it doesn’t have to be the climate scam. Roads & bridges will do. Or health care. Or education. Or clean water. Or traffic congestion in large cities. See Seattle’s Tunnel Digger Bertha.

  5. Sceptical Sam permalink
    September 30, 2014 7:35 am

    The Chinese are doing just fine. Let them keep going.

    It’s Obama who needs to listen to the Chinese, not the other way around. Oh, yes. And he could do with attending a remedial reading class too, since he seems unable to comprehend what the science is saying as opposed to the activist scientists.


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