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Climate Expert: China Is So Polluted In Part Because of US

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 04:40 PM

China's climate is suffering because the United States sends so much of its manufacturing to the Asian country, says climate researcher Gail Tverberg.

"We've been guilty in sending our manufacturing over to China for them to do while we sat by and did all of the service industry," Tverberg told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Wednesday.

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"I'm not sure it's entirely their fault. In fact, our solar panel production as such contributed to their pollution," she explained. 

"It's a world problem. We can point fingers, but it really is a world problem," she added.

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping struck a deal for the two largest economies in the world to cut greenhouse-gas emissions after the two leaders spent months quietly negotiating the agreement.

According to the agreement, the U.S. is supposed reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below what they were in 2005 by 2025. China will start by reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Tverberg says that the agreement is "acknowledging what the people looking at oil limits and other fossil fuel limits have been talking about for a long time and that is our fossil fuel supply is going to be going down in the near future, before 2030."

"The fact that our emissions is going down is just acknowledging what's happening," she explained.

"It's not really taking any action on anybody's part. It's really they're leaving us as opposed to us leaving them," she said.

The climate researcher of OurFiniteWorld.com says that she was the author "of one study that's been done with respect to the amount of coal that China has available to it."

"We looked at it to see how long they can keep growing their coal production," Tverberg explained.

"What we found was that the amount of coal production would have to reach a limit and start decreasing between 2025 and 2030 just because of supply issues, but it very well could decrease much sooner than that because of some pollution issues or water issues," she said.

"They are facing a situation where coal supply, which is what they depend on, is disappearing away from them whether they do anything or not," she contends. 

"We can be sure that they are going to keep their part of the agreement because it's disappearing," she added.


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