Democrats seem intent on blaming America for changes in the climate, something that can be seen from the Biden administration’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and limit offshore drilling.
Yet as conservative commentator Rupert Darwall recently pointed out, they remain oblivious to the fact that it is China and not the United States which leads the world in carbon emissions.
China’s carbon emissions rise while America’s fall
Darwall noted that fact in a recent article for The Spectator World, pointing out how “the world is fundamentally different” from the way it was three decades ago.
Whereas “Western nations accounted for 63% of global carbon dioxide emissions” in 1992, that figure had fallen to just 33.5% by 2020. What’s more, America’s share had dropped from 23% to just 12.5%.
Meanwhile, Darwall stressed that “China’s carbon dioxide emissions tripled” during the same time frame while “its share of global emissions rose from 12% in 1992 to 31% in 2020.”
“The math is inescapable: what America and the West do is of diminishing relevance to global emissions and therefore to future global temperatures,” he insisted.
According to Darwall, this is a fact that “delusional” Democrats are unwilling to accept. As evidence, he pointed to a pledge that then candidate Joe Biden made during the 2020 presidential campaign to “end fossil fuels.”
This should terrify anyone whose livelihood depends on the energy industry.
“Look in my eyes. I guarantee we’re gonna end fossil fuels.” -Joe Biden
This is a radical idea that would destroy countless Americans’ ability to feed their families. pic.twitter.com/Q9jdmtc4oc
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) September 1, 2020
Biden administration makes excuses for China
What’s more, Democrats seem eager to make excuses for China, as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry did in August.
“China is the largest producer of renewables in the world. They happen to also be the largest deployer of renewables in the world,” the Financial Times quoted Kerry as saying.
“Democrats are in the grip of an irrational ideology that prevents them from seeing the world as it is,” Darwall complained as he drew to a close, adding, “If Democrats were serious about climate, they would push for a fresh approach.”
“Instead, they pass climate legislation that does nothing for the climate but inflicts immense harm on the economy and America’s strategic position in an increasingly perilous world,” he concluded.