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September 14, 2007

Critics dismissed President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard's statement indicating their commitment to cutting carbon dioxide, as well as their insistence that China and India be included, as "aspirational" and "hot air," coming from two leaders who have resisted subjecting their countries to economy-killing environmental standards such as those set out in the Kyoto protocols, says Investor's Business Daily.

But the agreement simply recognizes the obvious: There's no way greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced without China and India chipping in.  Consider:

  • Briskly growing China is the world's largest consumer of coal, the burning of which is responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions; the country is opening a new coal-fired power plant every week to 10 days.
  • India's population is expected to exceed China's in 2030, and by then its demand for coal is expected to be 2 billion tons a year versus 456 million tons now.
  • Through about 2025, India's carbon emissions are expected to increase at an average 3 percent a year, twice America's expected growth rate over the same period.

In a sense, Bush and Howard are calling the bluff of global warming alarmists by insisting that China and India be included in any emissions-reduction effort.  They know the enviro-activists' ultimate goal is not what the green lobby and complicit media have been selling to the public, but rather a crippling of thriving capitalist economies.  Braying at a plan that insists on China's and/or India's participation exposes their real objective: punishing success.

Source: Editorial, "Greens With Envy," Investor's Business Daily, September 13, 2007.


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