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KYOTO: NOT FOR ALL THE COAL IN CHINA

June 29, 2007

Pollution and greenhouse gases are China's biggest export, and it is now officially the world's No. 1 polluter.  But you won't hear that from the global warming alarmists, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

Consider:

  • China's emissions of carbon dioxide have exceeded those of the United States at least two years ahead of most international estimates, according to a report issued last week by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
  • CO2 emissions rose to an astounding 9 percent in 2006; China produces 12 percent of the world's CO2 and 25 percent of its mercury pollution.
  • According to the World Bank, the north-central Chinese coal town of Linfen is the world's most polluted city, and China has 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities.

Further:

  • As Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation reports, sulfur from China alone amount to 10 percent to 15 percent of the EPA's allowable levels in California, Oregon and Washington state alone.
  • Estimates are that a third of California's air pollution and a fifth of Oregon's come from China.

In contrast:

  • The Energy Information Administration announced that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels fell 1.3 percent in 2006, while our booming economy grew 3.3 percent.
  • We are using energy more efficiently and reducing emissions without Kyoto; energy use per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) fell 4.2 percent last year, and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP fell 4.5 percent.

But as a "developing" nation, China is exempt from Kyoto -- and has no intentions of signing, says IBD.  China would love to see the environmentalists handcuff the U.S. economy as it races to make this century a Chinese one.  As it is, our states and taxpayers struggle to clean up imported Chinese pollution.

Source: Editorial, "Kyoto: Not For All The Coal In China," Investor's Business Daily, June 29, 2007.

 

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