Editorial: Climate Change, Canada’s False Promises

Editorial Opinion, by Taicanada.com, Author Norman Meyer, P.Eng. , June 30, 2021

Dedicated to Canadian prominent environmental activist, David Suzuki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Suzuki)

and climate change activist David Attenborough of England (David Attenborough - Wikipedia)

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Climate Change, Canada’s False Promises;

Canada’s aspired leadership against climate change is in sharp contrast to the parking lot of fuel intensive China container ships lined up for the Port of Vancouver to discharge coal fueled China made products, that hold back “made in Canada” essential goods self-reliance, resilient manufacturing and sustainability.  This Taicanada.com exclusive May-June 2021 Editorial explores and reveals the alarming and disproportionate impact CCP China is having on the worlds’ climate as conveniently ignored by Canadian provincial self-interests, naïve federal hypocrisy of Carbon taxing schemes and multi-national corporate profit margins that outsource every manufacturing and now also closely associated innovation R&D process to China.

Dedicated to one of Canada’s most prominent environmental activist, David Suzuki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Suzuki) and climate change activist David Attenborough of England (David Attenborough - Wikipedia)

Technology often fascinates and is not as scrutinized for environmental impacts as is such sectors as carbon fuels and even Lithium battery material mining. Have some Canadians realized post Covid era that the rapid acceleration of globalization fueled by technology kicked off dubious manufacturing outsourcing and free trade agreements with China. Agreements that benefitted only a very select few in Canada while coming at a heavy long term global environmental price, let alone damages to jobs, entire manufacturing sector dismantling and the economy.  

Moving Canada’s small global carbon footprint to replace it with a size 12 through coal burning fueled China products makes a mockery of Canada’s Paris Accord targets and its touted carbon tax on Canadian gasoline. Canada’s unregulated free trade agreements with China pose a much more serious risk on our planets’ sustainability than any oil sands or SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) projects. Carbon emissions are multiples higher from energy intensive manufacturing that is outsourced to coal burning Chinese factories. Canada is contributing if not sponsoring the highest carbon emission industrialized area on this planet while Chairman Xi and his CCP have the lowest commitment to the Paris Climate Change agreements. This reflects a complete lack of oversight by the Canadian government at a time when every energy or mining project in Canada is subject to years of studies and public hearings.  Canada should be providing incentives to support environmentally responsible Canadian manufacturing so as to keep manufacturing at home across a wide range of products where innovative existing energy availability can still be efficiently used. This editorial refutes and argues that the false promises and politically motivated narratives on Climate Change amount to no more than an environmental shell game.

While Canadian political leaders, especially of the liberal kind grand-stand internationally on its lofty Canadian carbon reduction goals with their supposed leadership within the Paris Climate Accord do their open dependent trade policies with China actually reflect a commitment to tackling climate change? Is Canada the weakest link, not only within the five eyes security alliance and the G7 on most issues concerning China but also when it comes to real action on global climate change ? Is their climate change policy centerpiece actually just another example of Canada’s naïve free trade ideology and resulting sponsorship of CCP Communist supply chains.   

It’s not only the pro-active Canadian Oil and Gas sector that Canadians need worry about. My experience working in the industry over 25 years as an engineer recall extensive efforts at innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.  The power generation from hundreds of coal burning power plants in China is blanketing the world with CO2 not Canadian oil production and cleaner fossil fuel power plants like Natural Gas.   Quote “Communist China, in 2020, built over three times as much new coal power capacity as all other countries in the world combined -- the equivalent of more than one large coal plant per week, according to a report by Global Energy Monitor”.  World scale factories in China where cheap electrical energy comes primarily from coal have futuristic robotic mass production automation bit its mostly fueled by old and dirty CO2 spewing Coal power plants. The costs of global warming and its extreme deadly weather is conveniently forgotten when multinationals form their China outsourcing agreements.  To accommodate its commercial ambitions China has stretching out its Paris Climate Accord targets to 2060 as opposed to other developed nations of 2050.   Canada’s government is complicit with multinational corporations giving free reign to outsource unlimited and unregulated production to China. Not only is it contributing to global warming more than offsetting its tax policies on oil and gas at home it is effectively sidelining a generation of Canadians from the most resilient, well-paying and long term jobs in secondary manufacturing. Outsourcing manufacturing to polluting countries, particularly China is making a mockery of democratic country promises under the Paris Accord agreements.

Manufacturing currently directly accounts for about 10% of Canadian GDP, down from close to 20% in the year 2000 and as high as 30% in the early 1950s. As explained in an early 2020 Editorial, Canada has become a nation of consumers not a nation of builders upin whjich this great nation was founded. Instead of 1.7 million manufacturing jobs Canada should have well over 3 million manufacturing jobs in the 2020s but is outsourcing most of those jobs to CCP China.   There is no cohesive plan or policy that mitigates this shifting of CO2 emissions from within Canada in one sector in favor of research, development and manufacturing in China, the country most responsible for blowing the international consensus on tolerable CO2 limits to restrain global temperature rise to below the tipping point.

The odds of achieving a sustainable planet in a generation are increasingly stacked against humanity. Nations caught a glimpse of the enormity of the paradigm shift required to limit temperature rise during Covid. So far the compromises needed has divided us rather than united humanity in singularity of purpose. While the G7 hums and haws impotently it is multinationals that need to be pressed into environmentally responsible outsourcing mandates. Multinationals have to face taxes and tariffs that factor in offshore manufacturing power production with high CO2 emissions, ocean and air freight shipping CO2 emissions that are enforceable and in compliance with Paris Accord targets. Environmental Tariffs on most China products is a minimum, while I believe a stronger impact would come from Covid type emergency financial incentives to multinationals to bring manufacturing back to Canada. This can be achieved using the model of Japan Auto manufacturing plants in Ontario and applying it to new agreements with democratic based Japanese, South Korean and Taiwanese for their brand name product manufacturing plants in Canada, including on First Nations leased lands.  

We do now see daily in extreme weather, fires and arctic melt that the actions on climate change need to be as urgent as those to limit Covid deaths.   The current fractured international cooperation to actively abide and follow the spirit of the Paris Climate Accord by holding in account the largest global CO2 emitter will be remembered in years to come.  During the Covid crisis the world was able to turn back CO2 emissions in 2020 to 2009 levels with a 16% reduction from 2019. More than that even is the severity of action needed to meet Paris Climate Accord targets. That reduction does not come even close to the 50% reduction from 2005 levels promised by 2050 for the Paris Accord signatories. China’s dirty 2060 targets should be clearly unacceptable to the international community and damned be to them if they want to racialize this stance as bullying as did Imperial Japan when it sought similar economic dominance before WWII.  

Clearly the Covid lockdown that slowed down our combined consumption and particularly our travel for a year is neither environmentally sustainable nor will it be enough. Neither has any real permanent policy or trade agreement change been officially made through Covid.  There is now less appetite for further free trade agreements but tariffs and taxes on China products to contain trade deficits and reduce CO2 emission exporting has seen very slow development in Canada.  Reversing and giving up these single Covid 2020 year emission reductions seems more likely as soon as populations resume their lives. Urgency on Climate change policies with teeth are neither on the table nor front and center in the Covid recovery period. The delays and commercial positioning by major nations like China, Brazil and American multinationals are consistently coming up short and too late. America’s Trump year science denials, China’s aggressive no holds barred global manufacturing dominance ambitions using coal and Brazil’s rampant burning down of the Amazon expose how weak are any real actions against the worlds’ primary causes of Climate Change.   

Not only do younger generations see the enormous challenge ahead but older generations of Canadians, Europeans and those in the Americas are faced with another re-evaluation of their lives. They are again now confronted with an unexpected new reality.  While expansion of the wealthy class continues in many cases instead of the secure retirement they had worked and hoped for later in life there is a sense of personal irrelevance creeping in.  In the most ironic expressions of Canadian regional self-interest or generational misinformation a life’s hard work in energy production can now sometimes be viewed by exaggerated Trudeau idealism as being the source of the worlds’ climate change problems. This while China extends its commitment to the Paris Climate Accord until 2060 and we say nor do nothing.  Is our next generation buying into communist inspired narratives on today’s climate related problems, police enforcement challenges or globalist lifestyle choices ? I see evidence on both sides which shall be explored and presented through anecdotal representative comments on related Taicanada.com paid posts on the subject.   Whether one has worked in oil and coal mining, lumber, pipelines or even in policing, pharmaceuticals and cattle farming the level of uninformed and hateful generalizations now being tweeted could just as well come directly from the mouth of Mao Tse Tsung. The divisions in our previously strong democracies is revealed in the level of threats, false racism focused politics and general individual judgements and condemnation publicly on social media. Random acts of violence have dramatically increased with widespread distrust on the integrity of our political leaders in a multinational controlled western society that seems to no longer value made at home innovation, made at home environmental responsibility and made at home manufacturing resilience.

The increasing daily reminders on the unsustainability of today’s path on a range of issues from health to climate is also having dire effects on mental health, housing security and inter racial relations. Taicanada.com’s first book in publishing for released late 2021 or early 2022 will include a range of post Covid questions on Canadians’ minds including  Canadian manufacturing resilience, global warming accelerators like free trade and also indigenous factors such as land rights all of which are being challenged differently within Canada and other leading democracies. Most if not all Taicanada.com 2020 and 2021 Bi-Monthly Editorials will be included in the published book which will have final editing. The July-August 2021 editorial will be a special edition on the role and opportunities for cooperation with Canada’s First Nations on climate change and Canadian manufacturing resilience.

The rise of China as the aspiring world factory coincides with humanities greatest struggle for survival is an era of climate change. Urgent and bold actions are needed before our current course of international impasses translate into more disease, more extreme weather and the permanent loss of most biodiversity.  The risk is imminent and the risk of rolling back decades of collective human progress to eradicate global poverty is real.  Odds seem to that our past efforts may well be replaced by even more desperation and larger inhabitable swaths of our planet, unless China, the worlds’ largest CO2 emitter, polluter and driver of climate change is not forcibly restrained through international unity.

Statistics that Canadian, American and European multinationals and political leaders ignore when outsourcing manufacturing to China include

  1. 30% of all manufacturing is already outsourced to China
  2. 40% of coal burning plants globally are located in China.
  3. China is by far the greatest consumer of Oil and Gas
  4. Is unilaterally extending its CO2 emissions in violation of the Paris Accord to 2060

Conventional rationalizations no longer apply and neither do analysis and processes led by politicians or by the corporate elite for which technological advances promise greater financial returns but no sustainable solutions.  There are no existing technological silver bullets that will save humanity from the impacts of global warming and root cause analysis that include China’s overwhelming choking of the worlds air needs to be part of every international corporations responsibility and each government in unity with each other.  

Radical lifestyle changes shared internationally towards decreasing consumption, travel and personal expectations through meaningful population controls similar to those experienced during Covid offer some chance of slowing the accelerating climate change, ocean acidification and biodiversity destruction. Unfortunately, multi-national corporate agendas, politicization and authoritarian regimes all have their unique interests the prevent the level of urgent united global response needed. Selfish agendas abound and there is no more powerful force blocking international progress than China. To be a leader with history on its side again , Canada must confront the dragon with the same reliable commitment it demonstrated through peace keeping missions,  humanitarian missions and wars.  Any less will accelerate the global temperature change as dreiven by China above the 1 ½ degrees C before 2030 let alone 2050.

 

Editorial References and Graphs (See reference charts above)

 China's CO2 emissions: Construction boom is sending carbon through the roof - CNN

China's emissions for the year ending Mar 2021 generated nearly 12 billion metric tons of CO2 in the year ending March 2021, a record high that included a 60% of the uptick in coal usage from the power sector, 

 CO2 Emissions by Country - Worldometer (worldometers.info)

 China alone emits 30% of the global emissions, a percentage that continues to grow. Canada does not even produce 2% and yet its multinationals climb aboard this runaway train with outsourcing continuing to grow regardless of its insidious sponsorship of the CCP globally irresponsible ideologies. Info based on 2016 stats, worse now

 Communist China: World's Biggest Climate Polluter Keeps Polluting :: Gatestone Institute

Communist China, in 2020, built over three times as much new coal power capacity as all other countries in the world combined -- the equivalent of more than one large coal plant per week, according to a report by Global Energy Monitor. Pictured: A state-owned coal-fired power plant in Huainan, Anhui province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

 It appears that China is under reporting, stopped reporting like Covid deaths. China cannot be trusted with reporting transparently on CO2 emissions,Global CO2 emissions in 2019 – Analysis - IEA

 Relevant Statistics  

 As of 2019 So, if countries release another 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, there’s a 67% chance we’ll keep temperatures below a 1.5-degree increase; and if we release 580 gigatons more carbon dioxide, there’s a 50% chance, according to the latest IPCC report.

With China releasing 10 gigatons in 2019 and increasing at 10% in 2021 that’s projected at 41% of the total global budget until 2030. 

 Annual percentage share, not CO2 emission levels. The peak of CO2 emission levels by America pre-2000 was nothing close to current China totals. See below Total CO2 emissions chart in which 50% emissions by America were at a time when total emissions were 6 billion tonnes not at the current devastating levels of close to 40 billion tonnes per year . That compares 50% of 6 billion tons at 3 billion to 30% of 40 billion or 12 billion tonnes or 4 times the highest American percentage levels in mid 20th century and now roughly twice. Growth in emissions was still relatively slow until the mid-20th century. In 1950 the world emitted 6 billion tonnes of CO2. By 1990 this had almost quadrupled to 22 billion tonnes. Emissions have continued to grow rapidly; we now emit over 36 billion tonnes each year; Reference: CO2 emissions - Our World in Data

 How each country’s share of global CO2 emissions changes over time | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

 According to the UN data, greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 would need to be 55% lower than 2019 levels to keep the global temperature increase within the 1.5°C goal set by the Paris Agreement. If the entire world stopped emitting CO2, China alone would exceed these levels. Without curtailing China through decreased trade there is no hope in averting a climate  catastrophe.

 If all of the national pledges submitted so far were fulfilled, global emissions would be reduced by only 1% by 2030, compared with 2010 levels. Scientists have said a 45% reduction is needed in the next 10 years to keep global heating to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris agreement.

CO2 emissions: nations' pledges 'far away' from Paris target, says UN | Environment | The Guardian

 Overall China indicators ‘ China - Our World in Data, provides insight to all the shocking numbers on cancer incidence to other stats showing the environmental and human costs of CCP China.