Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to Clinton Climate Initiative backed green group C40, heavy emitters like China are not responsible for climate change; consumers in big cities who provide the demand for China’s products, especially rich consumers, are responsible for the CO2 emissions China produces fulfilling their needs.
Look at consumption when assigning blame for global warming, study says
Calculating emissions of greenhouse gases, which are blamed for global warming, traditionally looks at where goods such as cellular phones or plastic cups are produced, they said.
But consumption-based emissions presents a fuller picture by attributing emissions to the consumers rather than the manufacturers, said Mark Watts, head of C40, an alliance of more than 90 global cities.
Traditional calculations put manufacturing countries such as China and India amid the lead emitters of greenhouse gases.
Using consumption-based calculations, emissions in 15 affluent cities were three times more than they were with traditional figuring, the researchers said.
Using consumption-based emissions is “revolutionary” although still “on the periphery,” said Debra Roberts, a co-chairwoman on the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“But … these are ideas whose time is probably almost imminent,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of the Edmonton summit.
In retrospect the next step, cutting demand for Chinese products, should have been obvious. If it wasn’t for out greedy ongoing consumer demand for Chinese products, China would long ago have been able to shutter all their remaining fossil fuel assets.
Buying American will help China to realise their vision to become global climate leaders.