Thursday, June 8, 2017

Smoke and Mirrors: The Paris Agreement Chinese and Indian Style

China Is ‘Sticking’ To The Paris Agreement In Name Only. Their Plans Show A Much Different Intent:
As President Donald Trump prepared to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement on climate change, the media is rife with stories about how China pledged to fully implement its global warming pledge.
China did vow to keep its Paris agreement commitments, but that won’t really mean much given it pledged to increase greenhouse gas emissions for the foreseeable future.
The New York Times reported Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday that “his country remained committed to the fight against climate change and to participating in international efforts for a greener world.”
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India Touts Commitment To The Paris Climate Accord, Promptly Invests In Australia’s Biggest Coal Mine:
A major Indian corporation approved a $4 billion plan for what will be Australia’s biggest coal mine just one day after a top Indian minister said the country joined the Paris climate accord “due to our commitment to protecting the environment.”
Adani Corporation gave final approval to build “what would be Australia’s biggest coal mine,” Reuters reported Tuesday. Adani is also hopeful they will get a $900 million loan from the government — the same government backing the Paris accord.
Adani’s comments came the same day as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj rebuffed criticism from President Donald Trump that India only joined the Paris agreement because they were promised “billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from other nations.”
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