Americans for Limited Government would like to welcome John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate czar, to join the anti-Paris Climate Accord club after Kerry admitted this week in an interview with the Washington Post that “if the United States went to zero [carbon emissions] tomorrow, we’d still have a problem. If China went to zero tomorrow, we’d still have a problem.” Welcome to the club, Kerry! Many of us in the conservative world have been saying all along that the Paris Climate Agreement is a joke!
The United States and China, the two largest carbon emitters in the world, recently issued a joint statement declaring they “are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”
The statement came as Kerry concluded a trip to China, including two days with Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, in Shanghai. The statement was hailed because China is the biggest emitter in the world, and the United States is the second. Together, they account for almost half of global carbon emissions.
It is unconscionable that this ‘agreement’ gives China, the world’s largest polluter, free rein to continue developing until 2030, encouraging even more manufacturing outsourcing to the communist polluters in Beijing. We also are excited that Kerry concedes that the goals set out by the agreement are unachievable and futile, calling the whole enterprise into question. At best, the goals are a wish list that has been made even worse in the recent deal to increase these unachievable goals.
Where we part with Kerry is that he would willingly destroy hundreds of millions of lives through economic destruction resulting from starvation on account of the policies he advocates, consigning developing countries to energy poverty. Under Donald Trump, America exceeded the Paris Climate Accord’s goals without even being a party to them. What’s more, the real cost of an expanded environmental regulatory regime from the U.S. government is the exportation of factory jobs to places like China where pollution is a way of life.
We hope Kerry is smart enough to understand the ramifications of his admission that no matter what America does, it will never be enough. But history has shown us that Kerry isn’t that smart.
Cross-posted with The Daily Torch
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