[Ed. – China has resisted jumping on the climate alarmism bandwagon for years – other than to take advantage of subsidies to be gouged out of Western nations. This sudden about-face looks much more like Xi throwing in with the Western Left against the West’s pro-sovereignty, pro-liberty movements than like Xi actually buying in to the climate agenda.]
China will scale up its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions by adopting more vigorous policies and measures. We aim to have [carbon dioxide] emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.”
Xi Jinping’s speech via video link to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 22 was not widely trailed in advance. But with those two short sentences China’s leader may have redefined the future prospects for humanity.
There are reasons to be skeptical. Xi is not promising an immediate turnaround. The peak will still be expected around 2030. … It will be an upheaval similar to the traumatic 1990s shakeout of Mao Zedong-era heavy industry.
But as ambitious as the objective may be, Xi would not be making such an announcement lightly. Within China, his words have huge weight.