In an interview with India Today on Thursday, U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry said he was “not confident,” but “hopeful” China would do their part to reduce global carbon emissions under the Paris Climate Accord.
“I’m hopeful. Not confident at this point. I’m hopeful. Because China is a very important player in this,” he said. “We want to work with China in doing this. What President Biden has said is, we will have our differences on some issues. We clearly do. So does India. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the crisis before all of us which requires all of us to respond, and that’s the climate crisis.”
While China pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, analysis by the independent “Climate Action Tracker” rates its contribution thus far as “highly insufficient.”
“President Biden has made it clear and I’ve made it clear: none of the other issues we have with China — and there are issues — is held hostage to, or is engaged in a trade for, what we need to do on climate,” Kerry added.
Here’s something else that’s clear: China has no intention of abiding by the Paris Climate Accord. America will kneecap its own economy to combat the myth of man-made climate change, while China commits to overtaking us as the world’s preeminent superpower.