China and India, the two most populous countries in the world, in the BRICS alliance, and in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) snubbed the UN climate change meeting last month in New York. And, rightfully so. The US and EU political attendees acted like the two most populous countries caused the climate change problem. The EU is taking the lead on climate change environmental mitigation and remediation as they have more to lose than any geographic area of the world. Why is this so? This is so because the EU is the smallest land footprint and far fewer resources than the other six continents; thereby, resulting in increasing the EU’s environmental vulnerability if CO2 emission levels are not stable. The Obama Administration is evading US responsibility by casting all the blame on China about why we haven’t come closer to a near permanent resolution to the global climate change problem. Blaming China for the climate change problem is pointless when industrialized and advanced economies such as the US caused the problem in the first place.
The truth of the matter is that the US accounts for about 23% of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in the world. The US comprises roughly 4.5 percent of the world’s population, but uses about 30 percent of the world’s resources, and specifically 25% of the world’s energy resources as a single country. Even though China’s CO2 footprint emissions are rising and stands at 18 percent, the US still retains the place as the largest CO2 footprint emitter in the world. However, the American politicians keep trying to force China to do more in the climate change sphere. Also, the West seems to blame China and India for the climate change problem when it was the US and the EU which accelerated their economies during both the industrial and technological ages. During the heyday of these two ages, Western economies increased energy usage to enhance their physical infrastructure and expanded economic growth in their economies.
Both China and India are diplomatically correct in their global posture of not attending the climate change meeting. The West appears to be scapegoating China and India for the climate change problem when Western economies need to take full responsibility for the problem at hand.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is not about to let the West rough him up diplomatically because the Prime Minister does not take prisoners and India is geopolitically and economically the future not Western economies.
In particular, China and India can afford to snub the UN climate change meeting because it is not serving their interests. It’s a meeting whereby the UN can bureaucratically say on paper that they got something done by bringing the global strategic climate change players together, and the West can prove to the world how bossy they can still be to the powerful emerging economies of China and India. In reality, the West is becoming a sinking economic ship with stalled economies – especially in the US.
China and India’s CO2 footprints are increasing but slower than the US whose population is five times less than China and 4 times less than India. This is just another useless meeting organized by the UN to allow the US to emphatically criticize China on a global problem it didn’t create.
China and India can afford to continue to snub future climate change meetings if the West continues to act like those two countries caused the climate change problem. China and India together are practical and vigorous forces in the world and are quickly replacing the advanced economies as the business, trade, and investment destinations of global investors.