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China’s Ambitious Climate Goals Collide With Reality, Hampering Global Efforts

Sha Hua and Phred Dvorak write in The Wall Street Journal that China’s ambitious climate goals collide with reality and hamper global climate efforts.

The C3 Take
  • China’s climate rhetoric has conflicted with its actions, as the nation now emits more CO2 than the rest of the developing world combined.
  • China’s centralized, command-and-control government has hindered meaningful climate progress and has thus far used the issue to gain leverage on the world stage.
  • China faces the problem of reducing emissions while providing reliable energy to a growing population. Rather than increasing regulations and central planning, China should embrace economic freedom.

“Coal powers around 56% of the country’s industry-heavy economy, a major reason China accounts for more than a quarter of the planet’s carbon emissions.”

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