US poses largest threat to climate change, not China: Expert
The US attempt to frame China as the culprit of the world climate crisis is one of the most “hypocritical acts in history”, as America is the source of the deadliest corporate and military assault on the planet, not China, says a US expert.
Bill Dores, a writer for Struggle/La Lucha and longtime antiwar activist, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday after Democrats in the US Congress called on President Joe Biden to use targeted sanctions to punish individuals and companies that are worsening the global climate crisis.
“Joe Biden admits the climate crisis is real but seeks to blame it on China. Some US senators even say China should be sanctioned for its alleged environmental misdeeds,” Dores said.
“Washington’s attempt to frame China for the world climate crisis is one of the most hypocritical acts in history. It is also one of the most dangerous. It is a deliberate effort to sabotage the international cooperation needed to prevent looming climate disaster. And it is a step toward war, the ultimate environmental destroyer,” he added.
In a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen last week, Democratic lawmakers particularly targeted China and its companies despite the fact that studies show that the US military is the largest consumer of hydrocarbons on the planet and one of the largest polluters in history.
According to the New York Times, the United States has contributed more than any other country to the atmospheric carbon dioxide that is scorching the planet.
In recent years, China has surpassed the US in overall carbon emissions. But China is the largest country in the world. It has nearly five times the population of the United States. Its per capita emissions are less than half those of the US. And it has a concrete strategy to seriously reduce them.
Africa most at risk of global warming, but has contributed least to the crisis
Africa is the continent likely to bear the brunt of the effects of climate change even though studies show it has contributed least to the crisis.
So even though Africa has released relatively small amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, those living on the continent are likely to be the victims of climate emergency disasters.
It is already suffering from extreme weather events and changes to rainfall patterns linked to climate change - leading to droughts and flooding.
With a rapidly rising population, this has knock-on effects for food, poverty and gives rise to migration and conflict.
the U.N. climate agency said last month that the impacts of climate change are hitting Africa hard, and worse is ahead for the region’s food supplies, economy and health.