The reception toward Kerry by China’s leaders may have been so cold that it lowered global temperatures…at least briefly.
The United States’ leading climate cultist, former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, has been in China for the past three days in an attempt to persuade Chinese leaders to agree to economy-crushing plans based on pseudoscience.
It seems the Chinese leaders were cool toward his attempts to get them to join the cult.
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry announced during a press conference in China on Wednesday that his visit to the nation failed to yield any significant climate agreement.
Kerry told reporters that, while he and his Chinese counterparts engaged in “frank” discussions about fighting global warming, they couldn’t solidify any formal agreement. He added that the U.S. and China — the world’s two largest polluters — will need additional time to hash out a climate deal between the nations.
“We came to Beijing in order to unstick what has been stuck for almost a year, and that’s the in-person dialogue between the United States and China,” Kerry said, E&E News reported.
“We had very frank conversations, but we came here to break new ground, which we think is important at this stage, and it is clear that we are going to need a little more work to be able to complete that task, which we still believe, both of us, is doable,” he continued.
Perhaps the Chinese leaders noted that Kerry was not exactly practicing what he preached in terms of his regular use of a private jet to head to all the climate change conferences. Interestingly, the coverage on this topic has been so intense that Kerry was reported to have flown commercially to China for his meetings this week.
Kerry’s trip comes after he was heavily criticized for his use of a private jet during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last week, where some Republican lawmakers accused the climate envoy of hypocrisy.
A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital that Kerry “flew commercially to Beijing” on a “common commercial air flight” but his office has yet to respond to follow-up questions on specifics, including any potential airline.
While there, Kerry didn’t even get the opportunity to meet with the Chinese President, who made recently made a point of announcing he had no attention to having China participate in eco-activist shenanigans.
Mr. Kerry didn’t get a sit-down with Xi Jinping, but the Chinese President addressed his country’s environmental policies in a speech this week. Under the nonbinding 2015 Paris climate agreement, Beijing said its emissions would peak by 2030, and Mr. Xi reaffirmed his commitment to that target in his remarks.
But that’s another way of saying Beijing intends to keep increasing its carbon emissions for another seven years. From 2015 to 2022 China’s greenhouse gas emissions grew nearly 12%, while the U.S. cut them by some 5%, according to the Climate Action Tracker.
Mr. Xi also said “the pathway and means” and “the tempo and intensity” for reaching China’s climate goals “should and must be determined by ourselves, and never under the sway of others,” according to an account in the state-run People’s Daily.
Part of the reason for China’s lack of enthusiasm for participating in climate deals may be that its economy is faltering.
China’s economy grew at a frail pace in the second quarter as demand weakened at home and abroad, with the post-COVID momentum faltering rapidly and raising pressure on policymakers to deliver more stimulus to shore up activity.
Chinese authorities face a daunting task in trying to keep the economic recovery on track and putting a lid on unemployment, as any aggressive stimulus could fuel debt risks and structural distortions.
…”The data suggests that China’s post-COVID boom is clearly over,” said Carol Kong, economist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney.
“The higher-frequency indicators are up from May’s numbers, but still paint a picture of a bleak and faltering recovery and at the same time youth unemployment is hitting record highs.”
Given all this information, I would imagine the reception toward Kerry by China’s leaders was so cold that it lowered global temperatures…at least briefly.DONATE
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