China’s Five Year Plan

Ten years ago, the Irish Times reported that China’s five year plan would reduce “carbon intensity” by 16 percent, and that the US was “falling behind.”

Move to put climate change back on agenda

Since then, Chinese CO2 emissions have skyrocketed while US emissions have continued their fifteen year decline.

Annual CO₂ emissions

“Indeed, 2010 was officially one of the hottest years on record, with heatwaves, floods, landslides, forest fires and other “extreme weather events”.

“UN climate chief Christiana Figueres insisted that Cancún was “a solid step forward for strengthened global climate action”, and she has called on governments to “maintain momentum” in the run-up to Durban.”

Nothing that these people are doing is having any impact on CO2 emissions or climate.

Annual CO₂ emissions

Global Monitoring Laboratory – Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases

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5 Responses to China’s Five Year Plan

  1. Kramer says:

    Tony, the US granted China PNTR just before the end of Clinton’s last term.
    This resulted in millions of mfg jobs being sent to China.

    IN my view, that explains the change in CO2 trajectories at the year 2000.

  2. Kramer says:

    The dip in US co2 emissions after 2000 is from granting China PNTR at the end of 2000.

  3. John Sturges says:

    US EIA data shows US CO2 emissions fell to Nov 1985 levels in 2020 https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/browser/index.php?tbl=T11.01
    Some of this certainly is due to COVID, but if urban centered businesses cut back on the use of real estate, then energy use to operate real estate will be at a lower level going forward.

  4. G W Smith says:

    “We need to be more like China.” — Joe Biden

  5. Jeff Ford says:

    Someone tell Greta.

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