COP27: A Meaningless Ritual for China and India

By Vijay Jayaraj

Last week, Greta Thunberg called the COP27 climate meeting a “scam” that provides a platform for “greenwashing, lying, and cheating.” The teenage climate activist is probably right – for a change.

Many European countries that pledged at past meetings to move away from coal, oil, and natural gas have been unable to keep their promises. In the case of developing countries that depend heavily on hydrocarbons, the charade is even more apparent. For them, the meetings have become a ritual of going through the motions of green orthodoxy while intending to increase consumption of the fossil fuels necessary to sustain their economies.

It will be no different this week as the 27th edition of the United Nations’ Conference of Parties gets underway in Egypt with dour predictions and solemn, but empty, commitments.

India and China – two of the biggest users of fossil fuels – will continue to play a ceremonial role at the meeting rather than accede to the pressures of a green priesthood dominated by western governments. The energy needs of the two Asian nations – and of others like them – are too great to do otherwise.

Even the geopolitical tensions of the Ukraine conflict did not stop these countries from their determination to secure more fossil fuels. China is the number one buyer of seaborne crude from Russia, taking in 1 million barrels per day. India is not far behind. Russia is now the biggest supplier of crude to the subcontinent, accounting for 22 percent of its imports.

India has 300 million people living in poverty – on less than $2 a day. Already experiencing huge increases in oil and gas prices, the country must secure energy at reasonable prices to avoid inflation rates that would be catastrophic for middle- and lower-income citizens.

India’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement is non-binding, allowing it to prioritize domestic energy needs ahead of emission-reduction goals. Its embrace of the Net Zero craze has been lukewarm at best, setting a distant and virtually meaningless target date of 2070. India’s state-owned coal entity, the Coal India Limited (CIL), has an ambitious yearly production objective of 1 billion tons.

Though the numbers are impressive, they pale in comparison to China’s. In 2021, China’s coal production was over 4 billion tons and is to increase in the coming years. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “China is by far the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, accounting for 46 percent of global coal production and 49 percent of global coal consumption – almost as much as the rest of the world combined.”

Ironically, the country’s coal output began to rise after Beijing joined the Paris climate agreement in 2016. Even more astonishing is the fact that most of the world’s renewable technology is manufactured by China’s coal-powered factories. Chinese coal is responsible for supporting the production of more than 60 percent of the world’s solar panels.

Neither the Paris agreement in 2016 nor the Net Zero movement have been able to reverse China’s and India’s dependency on fossil fuels. Unlike Europe, neither nation is willing to sacrifice economic growth and a certain level of energy independence for the destructive – and unachievable – objectives of the climate alarmists.

Green promises made at COP27 by China and India will be superficial at best.

Vijay Jayaraj is a Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Virginia.

This commentary was first published at American Thinker, November 7, 2022, and can be accessed here.He holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK and resides in India.

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Bill Toland
November 9, 2022 2:07 am

I don’t expect any promises made at cop27 to be kept by anyone. After all, talk is cheap but action on global warming will be very expensive.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Bill Toland
November 9, 2022 8:42 am

Talk is cheap, but not that cheap. It is estimated that COP 26 in Glasgow cost several hundred million pounds with policing costs alone amounting to £200m

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Dave Andrews
November 9, 2022 9:42 am
Ron Long
November 9, 2022 2:20 am

I wonder how many scientific talks there will be at COP 27? I wonder if there will be a discussion of the costs of mitigation versus adaption? I wonder if there will be a calculation of the benefit of the 10% greening of the earth, which leads to crop improvement? I wonder if the famous (Lord Monckton) demonstration of more than 8 years pause will be analyzed? I’m guessing NO to everything, because, you know, the science is settled.

Richard Greene
Reply to  Ron Long
November 9, 2022 7:15 am

The science is not settled
Consensus scientists don’t say that
Not if they they want to continue to get paid.
They come up with new climate scare studies every week, and it’s worse than we thought studies when they can’t think of anything new to scare us with. Mainly fake predictions of doom

What is settled is the conclusion of dangerous manmade global warming. That conclusion was settled in the 1979 Charney Report and has never changed. The consensus science (not that wrong predictions are science) has supported that conclusion since 1979 — 43 years of climate change CAGW BS. THAT’S A LOT OF METHANE.

Reply to  Ron Long
November 9, 2022 11:01 am

You’re missing the point. The goal is redistribution of wealth from rich nations to poor nations with a bureaucracy in charge of the wealth redistribution. The “bureaucracy” will be elected by the aristocracy of those countries who believe in central control of the economy…so highly favourable to socialist-type thinkers…Climate change is a strawman tactic that they intend to drag out as long as possible until their wealth redistribution goal is achieved, of course with them in charge (cuz they know they are the only ones smart enough to administer, in their opinion)….. And, an infinite amount of money can be spent trying to change the weather, anybody who owns rubber boots worries about the weather and whether their environment is being affected so are willing sheep…the elitists have picked their strawman well….

Ron Long
Reply to  DMacKenzie
November 9, 2022 12:43 pm

Actually I didn’t miss the point at all. By pointing out that COP 27 is not about anything rational (to scientists) that leaves wealth redistribution.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  DMacKenzie
November 10, 2022 4:56 am


The Equitable and Just National Climate Platform advances the goals of economic, racial, climate, and environmental justice to improve the public health and well-being of all communities, while tackling the climate crisis.

November 9, 2022 3:32 am

It is NOT a meaningless event for those in the West; as along with the previous COP fiascos, it has seriously manipulated the minds of their populations and hence their politicians towards desperately dangerous policies.

The NZE** policies it promotes with blatant lies and misinformation denying the populations their rights to reliable energy sources SHOULD be treated with contempt for what it is; namely—: FFS – Fossil Fuel Starvation, which is the kiss of death to vibrant and free economic systems.
**Net Zero Emissions.

(NZE raises nasty connotations for me. akin to that of the term Denier.)

Richard Greene
November 9, 2022 3:36 am

Vijay Jayaraj writes consistently good columns from an Asian point of view, and this is one of many I’ve read.

Richard Greene
November 9, 2022 3:39 am

My count shows fewer than 1 billion people live in nations that at least claim ti support Nut Zero, and 7 billion people live in other nations, including China, India, Russia and every undeveloped nation. Some of the 7 billion will pretend to support Nut Zero hoping to get free money. But the fact that they are 7 billion means CO2 levels will not stop rising.

November 9, 2022 3:41 am

“The teenage climate activist is probably right – for a change”

Yes, but did she really say that unscripted? I very much doubt it. I spotted an article stating that an island association wants China and India in the reparations frame. 

“Prime Minister Gaston Browne, speaking on behalf of the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) negotiating bloc, told reporters the world’s first- and third-biggest greenhouse gas emitters – though still emerging economies – have a responsibility to pay into a fund.”

Fat chance of that. But we’ll still be expected to take [utterly] pointless ‘action’. Scotland – up to its eyeballs in deficit and debt – wants to hand out climate cash by the millions:

“Sturgeon announces plans to hand out millions of UK taxpayer money in climate reparations
The Scottish First Minister made the announcement at COP27 in Egypt.”

It’s enough to make a scientist cry.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  strativarius
November 9, 2022 8:46 am

Ah but it made Nicola feel ‘saintly’ 🙂

Dodgy Geezer
November 9, 2022 3:51 am

COP27: A Meaningless Ritual for China and India
Hardly meaningless! I am sure they are sparing no effort to ensure that Western countries continue to waste their capabilities while they get stronger.

If they wanted to damage an opponent during the Cold War they had to train a spy and provide him with sabotage equipment. Now all they need to do is to contribute to an activist group…

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
November 9, 2022 3:59 am

Roger Hallam is in Wandsworth prison – a mile or two down the road from me – but his loonies are still causing havoc:

“Eco mob ‘are putting lives at risk’: Fury as Just Stop Oil cause M25 pile-up after police motorbike rider responding to protest ‘is hit by lorry which smashes into another HGV’ in third day of motorway carnage”

These people are the result of years of propaganda and bad education. That isn’t changing, it’s intensifying.

Dodgy Geezer
November 9, 2022 4:07 am

Since the Industrial Revolution the Earth has increased its population from around 1bn to around 8bn. So 7bn people effectively owe their existence to the Industrial Revolution. And yet Britain is being blamed for this imaginary climate change and being asked to pay reparations.

How much is a human life worth? £10? £100? £1000? If it was priced at £342.85, and if each of the extra 7bn paid that to the UK as recompense for their existence, that would neatly cover the whole of the UK’s National Debt…

November 9, 2022 6:51 am

All the countries having above world average emissions per capita should pay for the C.S. !

November 9, 2022 6:58 am

On November 11th 2014 the Presidents of the United States and China announced their respective post-2020 actions on climate change, recognizing that these actions are part of the longer range effort to transition to low-carbon economies, mindful of the global temperature goal of 2℃. The United States intends to achieve an economy-wide target of reducing its emissions by 26%-28% below its 2005 level in 2025 and to make best efforts to reduce its emissions by 28%. China intends to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030 and to make best efforts to peak early and intends to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030. Both sides intend to continue to work to increase ambition over time. See

The above wordings are such that China can increase emissions till 2030 and yet fulfil the goal !

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  ugaap
November 9, 2022 1:55 pm

Of course. Since that is exactly their plan.

As for the “goals,” those will be subject to “renegotiation” as the expiration dates approach.

November 9, 2022 7:10 am

Greta gave COP a thumbs down…or finger up…or both …or something like that.

CD in Wisconsin
November 9, 2022 9:34 am

“Even more astonishing is the fact that most of the world’s renewable technology is manufactured by China’s coal-powered factories. Chinese coal is responsible for supporting the production of more than 60 percent of the world’s solar panels.”


Yup. It is both astounding and depressing when only a minority of us realize that the production of solar panels and wind turbines is dependent on fossil fuels (and perhaps electricity from nuclear to some degree). The majority of people probably do not know this. Get rid of fossil fuels, say good-bye to most of solar panel and wind turbine production. Economies collapse.

Meanwhile, the Just Stop Oil and other climate protests continue in Britain (disrupting the M25 again according to the latest YouTube videos) while politicians make phony promises and FLOP27 in Egypt for the umpteenth time.

I am running out of words to describe the idiocy of it all.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
November 9, 2022 1:57 pm

Get rid of fossil fuels, economies collapse. Wasting resources to build wind turbines and solar panels just accelerates the collapse.

November 9, 2022 10:40 am
Reply to  ResourceGuy
November 9, 2022 1:32 pm

Probably any of the Developing Countries with Clean Coal Technology should give it Gratis to India.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  ResourceGuy
November 9, 2022 1:58 pm

By 2040 the goal posts will be repositioned to 2080.

AGW is Not Science
November 9, 2022 1:42 pm

Promises from China and India with regard to fossil fuel use have ways been a charade.

The scold “western” nations about failing to do the impossible (or failing to send them money) and snicker at their stupidity all the while.

Mickey Reno
November 12, 2022 12:10 pm

Meaningless? No way. These idiotic conferences give the totalitarians in China a way to play our stupid virtue signaling Western politicians for the chumps that they are. CO2 is Good. Shout it loud.

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