China is not “playing ball” in the drive for lowering carbon emissions, Varney said. In fact, it's going so big on coal that carbon cuts worldwide are completely canceled out.
Varney focused his attention on this Financial Times headline: "Rise of coal-fired power in China 'swamps' global emissions efforts"
“They are increasing carbon pollution more than we are cutting,” Varney said. “Going backward.”
Varney said this is a difficult argument to make to voters.
“You sacrifice, they don’t,” he said.
Reportedly, China’s extensive pollution is OK under the Paris Climate Accord. “They don’t have to cut emissions until 2030,” Varney said, and it can continue to build coal-fired power plants as it wishes.
“No wonder President Trump took America out” of the accord, he said.
Meanwhile, we’re “jumping through hoops,” as Varney said, to cut out fossil fuels, create climate-friendly buildings and cut “millions of jobs” in mining and energy.
“Oh, and you'd better get an electric car and quit flying,” he said.
Varney said none of this adds up to a deal voters will accept. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, at the most recent debate, said “we have eight or nine years” to get our environmental act together.
“He should be telling that to China,” Varney said.
But Varney said this is not an argument about climate but about what voters will accept.
“You can't legislate a revolution in the way we live if all your carbon-cutting efforts are 'swamped' by China,” he said.