A new paper focused on China’s efforts to reach a net zero future has warned the country has no intention of decarbonising.
The report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which aims to provide a platform for educational research and informed debates said while China says it will reduce CO2 emissions, in reality the Communists’ hold on power will slip without the constant economic growth that only fossil fuels can bring.
The paper’s author, China expert Patricia Adams, said that China is intent on becoming the world’s sole superpower and is using every means at its disposal to secure fossil fuels to drive its growth.
Adams said: “Beijing revealed its hand at COP26, ensuring that the text was watered down to the point of being meaningless.”
But Adams warned that China’s insistence that it will reduce CO2 emissions in future hides a dangerous agenda:
“For President Xi, the decarbonisation agenda is just a very easy way to get the West to weaken itself. He will make all the right noises, but nothing more,” she added. “As far as China’s Communist Party is concerned, carbon dioxide reductions only make sense for those Beijing wishes to harm and supplant.”
Adams’ report, “China’s Energy Dream” warned “China’s insistence at COP 26 on language that endorsed continued fossil fuel use has its roots in two urgent needs. Firstly, without coal, oil, and gas, China’s economy would decline, discrediting the legitimacy of communist rule. Just as important, without fossil fuels Chinese president Xi Jinping would be unable to reach his overarching goal – to make China the world’s supreme power by the year 2049, the centennial of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.”
It said China is using the climate agenda both as a way to strengthen its economy and as a weapon for weakening other countries. It now monopolises the global wind and solar industries, although its own renewable energy infrastructure, as everywhere, is unreliable (and therefore requires thermal generation backup), costly, and subject to high rates of curtailment.
“By pursuing unilateral climate policies, Western countries are hobbling their economies through rising energy costs, power blackouts and other supply shortages as surely as wartime saboteurs might, only the damage is self-inflicted and systemwide,” it added. “No weapon is more potent at crippling Western economies than the net zero agenda.”
The report added for the Communist regime to survive, “and that is surely the CCP’s top priority”, fossil fuels for economic growth must be secure.
The report said that far from looking to reduce carbon emissions Chinese officials ordered more than 70 mines in Inner Mongolia to ramp up coal production by nearly 100 million tonnes and revived others that had been mothballed.