Fear not! Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom’s “climate deal” with China is just another do-nothing feel-good measure to temporarily soothe his deluded progressive base. That’s according to Senator James Inhofe, whom I’m inclined to believe on the matter:
This reminds me of 1998, when President Clinton signed the Kyoto Protocol knowing full well that it would never be ratified by the Senate.
China is taking a page from the Clinton playbook. There is nothing binding about President Xi’s agreement, and China will face zero consequences if it does not live up to its word.
And we should have no such expectation. This is a non-binding charade because as China’s economy grows, so will its demand for electricity. China is the largest consumer and importer of coal in the world, accounting for 50% of global consumption.
Over the next decade, China is expected to bring a new coal-fired power plant online every 10 days to give its hungry economy the electricity it demands, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Unlike the United States, China does not have other inexpensive energy resources. China has not had a shale revolution, and it has no known natural gas reserves.
To continue to support the world’s largest economy, China will have no choice but to break its promise of hitting its emissions peak by 2030.
Huh. It’s almost as if Beijing is in on the charade.