Assigned Reading: India Refuses to bend to US Pressure on Carbon Caps
One of the reasons Obama gave in defending cap-and-trade was that if America got out in front of the world in reducing carbon emissions that other nations would follow our moral leadership. “Other nations” meant Russia, India, and China. On a recent visit to India Hillary Clinton got to hear exactly how successful that approach has been so far:
India won’t bend to demands from the Obama administration or threats from the U.S. Congress to adopt legally binding caps on its carbon emission.
That’s pretty straight-forward right there, but the optimistic American may say that the US hasn’t even passed cap-and-trade yet. It still has to get through the Senate (which is doubtful) before it becomes law. Surely then the Indians will listen, right? Not likely. Just look at their rationale:
“There is simply no case for the pressure” the U.S. is exerting, considering India produces among the lowest per capita emissions in the world, Minister Jairam Ramesh told Clinton.
Measuring carbon emissions on a per-capita basis, given that India is the second most-populous nation in the world, is a joke. Rated that way, they are ranked #133 in the world (Wikipedia). In actuality, they are the #5 ranked country for total carbon emissions (NationMaster.com). The only reason to talk about per-capita carbon emissions is if you have zero interest in carbon emissions.
Keep in mind India is the friendliest of the 3 big nations that the US needs to convert to our Global Warming Religion. If we choose to go down the path of limiting our own emissions we are going to do nothing but cripple our own economic recovery and sabotage our competitiveness on the global stage.