15:35 25.06.2020

China is misleading the world on coronavirus and climate change

Source: Powell Tribune
China is misleading the world on coronavirus and climate change

The political left is quick to blame U.S. air emissions for both the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. China is the primary culprit for both, and the Chinese Communist Party is attempting to mislead the world.

In April, Harvard University researchers released a study that claimed people who lived in areas with more air pollution stood an increased chance of dying from the coronavirus. The study caused a media sensation, and Democratic politicians publicly embraced its findings. However, the study was not peer-reviewed. Experts questioned its results. Harvard has since rolled back the study’s dramatic claims.

The idea that U.S. pollution is responsible for the spread of the pandemic is simply false. From the time the disease emerged, Chinese authorities have engaged in a comprehensive disinformation campaign.

Communist Party leaders destroyed evidence and misled the world about the outbreak.

When Dr. Li Wenliang, a physician at Wuhan Central Hospital, attempted to alert the public, he was forced to recant. He died of the virus weeks later. Chinese authorities censored journalists and blocked social media sites.

According to Johns Hopkins University, over 8 million individuals have contracted the virus worldwide and the death toll is over 400,000. The Chinese government has tried to avoid accountability.

A closer look at China’s pollution data also shows deception. Chinese authorities have routinely underreported emission totals and pollution levels. An audit found hundreds of Chinese power firms had falsified emissions reports.

The data China shares is likely woefully inaccurate — yet still staggering. Over the past two decades, as U.S. emissions have fallen, China’s have grown.

China, not America, lied about its contributions to the spread of the coronavirus and a changing climate. It should be held accountable for both.

 

(U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, is an orthopedic surgeon and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. This column first appeared in the Chicago Tribune.)

Recent Posts

See All
China Exploiting COVID For Nationalistic Gains, Want Probe: US Leaders
17:53 09.07.2020
China Exploiting COVID For Nationalistic Gains, Want Probe: US Leaders
A group of 14 US lawmakers have introduced a bill in the Congress which demands the government to identify, analyse, and combat alleged efforts made by the Chinese government to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for nationalistic gains. The ''Preventing China from Exploiting COVID-19 Act'' would mandate the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to investigate the ways in which the Chinese government intends to seize on the COVID-19 pandemic to promote its interests on the national stage and evaluate the risks to the United States.
Source: NDTV
Trump administration warns against Chinese investment and says further sanctions may be on the way
17:48 09.07.2020
Trump administration warns against Chinese investment and says further sanctions may be on the way
White House officials have warned against investing in Chinese companies and said that additional sanctions could be on the way in return for China’s role in spreading coronavirus. Officials said investments in China were exposing people to “unnecessary economic risk” and channelling funds into companies “that raise significant national security and humanitarian concerns”, including some that supply the Chinese army.
Source: Independent
Smog causes an estimated 49,000 deaths in Beijing, Shanghai in 2020 – tracker
17:45 09.07.2020
Smog causes an estimated 49,000 deaths in Beijing, Shanghai in 2020 – tracker
Air pollution has caused an estimated 49,000 deaths and $23 billion in economic losses in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai alone since Jan. 1, 2020, according to a “clean air counter” launched by environmental groups on Thursday.
Source: Reuters