You would think with China being one of the countries who signed the 2016 Paris Agreement to combat climate change, the communist nation might have made some strides in the years since. Well, they did, only not in a positive way.
According to a report by the Rhodium Group, a group that provides “economic data analytics and policy insight” to both the private and public sectors, reported that “for the first time since national greenhouse gas emissions have been measured, China’s annual emissions exceeded those of all developed countries combined” in 2019.
The report noted:
Based on our newly updated preliminary estimates for 2019, global emissions—including emissions of all six Kyoto gases, inclusive of land-use and forests and international bunkers—reached 52 gigatons of CO2-equivalent in 2019, a 11.4% increase over the past decade. China alone contributed over 27% of total global emissions, far exceeding the US—the second highest emitter—which contributed 11% of the global total. For the first time, India edged out the EU-27 for third place, coming in at 6.6% of global emissions.
Judging by those numbers, China has 2.5 times the emissions than the U.S., who came in second, and four times the emissions of third place India.
But that’s not all. Since 1990, China has “more than tripled” their emissions.
“China’s emissions were less than a quarter of developed country emissions in 1990,” the report stated, “but over the past three decades have more than tripled, reaching over 14 gigatons of CO2-equivalent in 2019.”
The Rhodium Group does play defense at times for China, noting that people need to take China’s size in account and that “China’s history as a major emitter is relatively short compared to developed countries,” like the U.S.
While the countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have cumulatively decreased their emissions since 1990, China’s emissions have grown exponentially.
But for some reason global media, including U.S. outlets, along with climate extremists like Greta Thunberg, don’t really ever mention China as a problem when it comes to countries that supposedly cause climate change. The U.S. is always the bad guy, even though the U.S. at least makes a substantive effort to be good to the planet whereas China — particularly their communist government — only harms the planet.
H/T: Daily Caller