China Emits More Pollution in Only 16 Days Than Its Closest Western Neighbor Australia Does During An Entire Year

A Feb. 24 article from the Institute of Public Affairs cited research in which the organization compared China’s carbon emissions to those of its neighbor to the south, Australia. The findings are distressing…

“Every sixteen days China emits more carbon than all of Australia does during an entire year,” the Institute reports. “This means the annual effect on global emissions from Australia mandating a net zero emissions target would be cancelled out by China in just over two weeks, every two weeks.”

The IPA added that China has increased its overall carbon emissions by 83.5 percent per capita since 2004, while Australia has decreased emissions by 15.4 percent during the same time period.

The so-called “net zero emissions” target has always been the most important talking point for proponents of the Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change that was adopted by 196 parties in the French capital in 2015 and went into effect the following year.

The Accords agreement is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Many countries have set specific target dates for when they claim to reach The Accords objective of net-zero emissions. For examples, the United Kingdom and Japan are aiming to reach that goal by 2050, while China has set a target of 2060, according to BBC News.

The problem is that while China maintains it wants to reach that goal, the country has taken almost no visible or practical steps to get there.

“The analysis also shows that China operates 57 coal-fired power stations for each one currently operating in Australia,” according to The Institute of Public Affairs.

“This figure will only increase in the coming years as China is currently constructing 92 coal-fired power stations, with another 135 already in the pre-construction phase. Currently, Australia has no coal-fired power stations in the construction or pre-construction phase.”

As China continues to pursue actions that are in contrast with its goal of reducing its national level of carbon emissions, the United Nations has chosen to target other countries that are much less responsible for pollution.

The IPA said the Paris Agreement makes Australia “subject to the deepest per capita emissions cuts in the developed world” despite the fact that the nation contributed just 1.1 percent of global carbon emissions in 2019.

Obviously, countries such as Australia reaching net-zero emissions would have no effect on “climate change” if countries such as China continued emitting massive amounts of carbon.

Instead, cutting emissions that deeply would damage Australia’s economy for no justifiable reason. “Calls for Australia to adopt a net zero emissions target ignore the significant economic, social and humanitarian costs which would inevitably be the result of such a target,” according to Cian Hussey, Research Fellow at the IPA.

The United States is also subject to the unreasonable demands of The Paris Agreement. The Heritage Foundation said in 2017 former President Barack Obama agreed to new industrial emission regulations would create a $2.5 trillion loss in gross US domestic product by 2035.

While the United States’ total carbon emissions are much higher than Australia’s, they still were just over half the amount of China’s in 2020, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which reported that China has 28 percent of the world’s emissions, while the United States is second at 15 percent. On a per-capita basis, the U.S. actually was slightly below Australia.

While forcing drastic reductions on these two countries, the United Nations continues to ignore the real offender.

China has shown no meaningful progress toward reducing carbon emissions. This means that even if other countries make progress, the impact on the environment will be minimal.

The trade-off for a cleaner environment cannot also include millions of lost jobs and trillions of lost dollars. The Paris Agreement is an ineffective and unreasonable standard for both Australia and the United States.

If the United Nations really is concerned about the environment rather than just optics, it must hold responsibility on the countries most responsible for what it claims are excessive carbon emissions. So far, it appears as if the entire “Climate change” argument is merely a vehicle to give China economic dominance over the rest of the World. ✪