A China Summit Conclusion
The United States and China have many serious differences that could trigger world instability and/or flip the global economy upside down.
So what do President Obama and new Chinese President Xi Jinping accomplish after a two day summit?
It is a joke in bad taste, but their most notable concrete achievable goal from the meet-and-greet summit is a target to reduce greenhouse gases.
The World CO2 Heavyweight Champs Square Off
China is the world’s largest polluter. It’s also the largest atmospheric CO2 offender.
Though it’s the world’s 2nd largest economy and set to replace the United States as the world’s largest economy around 2017, China is exempt from Kyoto Protocol standards because, according to the United Nations, it is a “developing” country.
The United States, on the other hand, is the world’s 2nd largest CO2 offender. It’s the only country in the world that failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, so is not bound by it.
Ironically, private-sector natural gas development using fracking and horizontal drilling on private lands has significantly reduced U.S. CO2 atmospheric emissions and put the U.S. in a position to become the only major industrialized nation that can meet the Kyoto standard.
Costly U.S. government efforts to reduce CO2 have largely failed.
Together, China and the United States account for 41% of global CO2 emissions.
So… do the U.S. and China come up with a clever plan to reduce CO2? No!
They go with Plan B!
The Montreal Protocol
The U.S. and China propose reducing something called HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons). They are commonly used in refrigerants.
Most ardent global warming alarmists stopped talking about them long ago.
Jinping and Obama gave us a ride on the way-back machine to the granddaddy of all international greenhouse gas agreements… 1987’s Montreal Protocol.
Montreal was the precursor to the UNFCCC and the IPCC and all the global warming hysteria mouthed regularly on today’s airwaves. That one saved us from ever-growing ozone holes.
According to the New York Times, here is part of yesterday’s official statement:
Regarding HFCs, the United States and China agreed to work together and with other countries through multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs, while continuing to include HFCs within the scope of UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol provisions for accounting and reporting of emissions.
– “With CO2 Cuts Tough, U.S. and China Pledge a Push on Another Greenhouse Gas“, New York Times, 6/8/2013
Words… just words… something President Obama is very good at!
Obama proposed going forward with a previous proposal he’d made to expand Montreal to cover all HFCs.
Oh… btw… here is a list of refrigerants:
If HFCs and their variants are eliminated, then there will be no safe, practical way left to make functioning refrigerators.
Its a bad joke. Q.E.D.