China Won’t Put Climate Over Productivity, President Says

( Chinese President Xi Jinping appears to be making more sense that the West’s leaders on climate change, hinting recently that plans to reduce carbon emissions should move forward at a more cautious pace and should not be done at the cost of people having a “normal life.”

President Xi made the comments to other Chinese government officials during a Politburo meeting that took place on January 24, which was covered by Chinese state-run media outlet Xinhua.

“Reducing emissions is not about reducing productivity, and it is not about not emitting at all,” he said.

His comments are virtually the exact opposite of the policies being pushed by U.S. President Joe Bide, British “conservative” Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Under the “Build Back Better” plans put forward by all three world leaders, average working people would be forced to pay more for energy and make major sacrifices to their way of life.

When the leader of an authoritarian government on the other side of the planet is making more sense than the West’s leaders, you know we’re in trouble.

Xi added that the county must maintain focus on maintaining energy security, industrial supply chain security, and food security – all the while looking at how they can cut carbon emissions.

China remains the biggest consumer of coal, as well as the biggest producer, with the fossil fuel being widely used across the country to help its economic and industrial development as the country shifts to more sustainable energy sources. In 2021, China produced 4.07 billions tonnes of coal according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

In 2020, Xi pledged to low energy consumption and close down a number of coal mines in the country, driving up the price of thermal coals that are used for generating electricity in the country. It means that power plants in the country started producing less electricity, and were later forced to ramp up production once again when China experienced a major energy shortage in the summer of 2021.