Paris Climate Change Agreement Hypocrisy Bites California Governor Newsom
In May 2017, when President Donald Trump was hinting at withdrawing from the Paris Agreement over disagreements on climate change issues, Governor Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor at the time, Twitter-trolled the president, asking: “Will @realDonaldTrump give the Paris Accord his final rose? Or will he take an irreparable dump on our planet? Find out after the break.”
In another tweet, Lt. Governor Newsom wrote, “Pulling out Paris Agreement would be an irresponsible and losing choice for the United States. It will not only affect our earth for generations to come, but will also hurt our economy and cause us to lose global influence to China. Lose, lose, lose.”
Fast forward a little over two years, and the Washington Post reported in November (2019) that in spite of China’s announcement three years ago that it would limit its use of coal energy, over the past two years China has actually expanded its coal capacity by 43 gigawatts and this year approved an additional 40 coal mines. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/years-after-freezing-new-projects-china-is-back-to-building-coal-power-plants/2019/11/20/b9075baa-0b38-11ea-8054-289aef6e38a3_story.html)
Plus, not only is China boosting coal energy within its own borders, NPR (National Public Radio) has reported that China is building or planning to build over 300 coal plants in other countries: Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt and the Philippines. (https://www.npr.org/2019/04/29/716347646/why-is-china-placing-a-global-bet-on-coal)
And from Agence France-Presse (AFP): “China built enough new plants between January 2018 and June 2019 — nearly 43 gigawatts worth of capacity — to cancel out the decrease in the rest of the world, said the US-based Global Energy Monitor.” (https://news.yahoo.com/china-adds-coal-power-despite-climate-pledge-report-054100784.html)
China remains a partner of the Paris Agreement, so it’s significant that we have yet to hear a peep from Governor Newsom or any other California Democrat legislator about any of this. Why aren’t they jumping to twitter-troll China’s president, Xi Jinping, on the expanded use of coal energy? Newsom and his fellow Democrats rarely miss any opportunity to label others as climate deniers or enemies of Mother Earth.
When will Governor Newsom, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, Green New Deal-loving U.S. Rep. AOC and the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg jump aboard a carbon-neutral sailboat to China to demand the Chinese government stop building coal plants?
Shouldn’t California’s lawsuit-happy Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Governor Newsom ban any state government travel to China? Perhaps introduce a resolution condemning the Chinese government for its climate change hypocrisy? How about refusing to accept automobiles manufactured in China? Or limiting trade?