It looks the Chinese population will pay a heavy price for international political correctness.
A senior Chinese official said yesterday that it would be a “disaster for the world” to allow Chinese per capita CO2 emissions (6.8 tons) to reach those of the U.S. (16.9 tons).
But capping invisible and harmless CO2 emissions will necessarily cap wealth creation and the spin-off benefit of improved public health.
Moreover, the Chinese don’t seem to be too interested in controlling the emissions of actual conventional pollutants (e.g., SO2, NOx, particulate matter) which, at the very least, foul the air and make China a grimy place.
Finally, as pollution control is a luxury item, locking in poverty ensures that it will remain unaffordable.