LONDON, 18 April (Reuters) - China will overtake the United States as the world's biggest emitter of heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) either this year or next, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday.
China is set to become the world's top carbon emitter just as serious talks start to extend the U.N.-sponsored Kyoto Protocol on global warming beyond 2012, potentially heaping pressure on Beijing to take more action on climate change.
HEAPING PRESSURE? HAHAHAHAHA!
The United States, which pulled out of Kyoto in 2001, would not join a new climate change regime unless it also applied to China and India, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union said on Wednesday.
Latest data shows China is building a coal-fired power plant every four days, British foreign ministry official John Ashton said on Monday.
Growth in the emerging Asian giant's emissions puts in perspective Western efforts to fight climate change, Birol said.
"What we do in Europe may be with good intentions, may be very ethical... but if you put it in terms of numbers its meaning is very limited."
Whacking the economy to keep Gore/Greens/Europeans happy while we are not sure climate change is significantly affected by carbon emissions is irresponsible.