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Russia, China dodge calls to reduce coal, carbon emissions

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As global leaders flew into Scotland on a parade of private jets from around the world for the United Nations climate change conference COP26, billed as the world’s last best chance’ to save the planet from catastrophe, two of the world’s biggest players were no-shows.

President Xi Jinping didn’t bother to attend and Russian President Vladimir Putin attended by video conference, claiming that Russia is living up to its previous climate commitments, even though there were based on an economy that was still devastated by the fall of the Soviet Union, so they are a mere drop in the atmosphere of what would be required based upon their current economic state.

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“About the disappointment, the disappointment relates to the fact that not only Russia but China didn’t show up in terms of any commitments to deal with climate change, and there’s a reason why people should be disappointed in that. I found it disappointing myself,” President Biden said.


Biden is also disappointed with Saudi Arabia and the other OPEC members because the group has rebuffed his calls to increase production sending oil prices to seven-year highs.

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Yet President Biden is trying to make commitments to try to impress the world after apologizing for President Trump’s dumping the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.

He said that the U.S. will reduce carbon emissions by 50%-52% below 2005 levels by 2030 and “will demonstrate to the world” that the U.S. is “not only back at the table” but will “hopefully lead by the massive power of our example.”

Biden also promised things he may not be able to deliver, such as his “Build Back Better” infrastructure bill that may never pass and includes $320 billion for clean energy tax credits, $105 billion for resilience investments, $110 billion for clean energy technology, manufacturing, and supply chain investments and incentives, and $20 billion for clean energy procurement at a total of $555 billion.

He also pledged more taxpayer money to support poor countries with their climate goals which I assume includes India and China, which are not close to giving up on coal as quickly as the Paris Accord members want.

The bottom line is that Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia and the rest of the OPEC cartel are playing climate poker with President Biden and so far they are winning.

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5 Comments on "Russia, China dodge calls to reduce coal, carbon emissions"

  1. dissident on Fri, 5th Nov 2021 8:22 am 

    Propaganda drivel. Germany depends 27% on coal for its power. Russia depends 13%. Russia releases 2/3 the CO2 per capita that the USA emits. This even though it has cold winters over most of its territory. The USA is a subtropical country. Move it to where Canada is an it would easily emit twice the CO2 per capita that Russia does.

    Russia has the only fast neutron breeder program on the planet that is commercially viable. People talk about Chinese reactors, but China is not going to deploy any. Japan has given up. France has given up. The US is not even trying.

    Russia has electrified long haul rail lines for both freight and passenger traffic.

    The wankers at Fox and anyone else in the USA has nothing to stand on with their finger wagging at Russia. GTFO.

  2. Cloggie on Fri, 5th Nov 2021 9:42 am 

    If you want to engage in finger wagging, you should realize that CO2-induced climate change is the cumulative result of all the CO2 thrown into the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial era. Then western countries don’t look good at all, from this perspective.

    But finger wagging doesn’t solve anything. The enlightened attitude is that sooner or later we are going to leave fossil fuel anyway (before it leaves us), so it makes sense to be the first to complete the transition and as a reward own most of the renewable industries.


    “Cumulative carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion worldwide from 1750 to 2019, by major country”

    1. US – 410
    2. China – 220
    3. Russia – 114
    4. Germany – 92
    5. UK – 78
    6. Japan – 65

    If you include population numbers, the US looks even worse, because it exploited oil and gas first.

    I’m very upbeat that Europe will be a, if not the front-runner in this game of owning future industries, especially wind, hydrogen, EU-hydrogen grid, other storage technologies, system integration, hydrogen aviation, trains, trucks, ships, cars.

    So far, only the EU has officially embraced a detailed script of how to get to zero-carbon by 2050 and lives up to it (more or less).


    The rest just offers solemn pledges of zero carbon by 2050-2060.

  3. Hello on Fri, 5th Nov 2021 10:53 am 

    >>>> Russia releases 2/3 the CO2 per capita

    holy shit. With less than half the GDP per capita of the USA they produce 2/3 of Co2? And the russians don’t even need air conditioning in their climate. The russians better get their shit together and improve efficiency. At least to the level of the US. That doesn’t seem to be asking too much.

  4. makati1 on Fri, 5th Nov 2021 4:22 pm 

    Hello, did you notice who wrote the above propaganda? FOX BUSINESS! A far from impartial source of “facts”. LOL

    BTW: Do you also know that Russia, the largest country, is in the far North and would need more FFs, per capita, to survive? What is the US’ excuse to have used 8+ times that of China per capita? (Ref: Cloggies numbers)

    Amerikans are hypocrites and liars.

    The Amerikan Creed: “Do as we say, not as we do”.


  5. AlexиWesly on Mon, 8th Nov 2021 2:10 pm 

    I completely agree with your article. The environmental situation is getting worse and worse. Do you write very interesting articles, have you ever thought of running your own YouTube channel? It seems to me that this is not a bad idea. You can use different software to record videos, but it seems to me that much easier and more convenient than the rest

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