Environmentalists are moaning and gnashing their teeth over the end of Obama’s supposedly “green” administration, and the introduction of Trump’s pro-manufacturing stance. President Trump has made it clear that he intended to implement policies aimed at bringing manufacturers back to the U.S., favoring local jobs over the environment, or so it would seem. But Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy claims that moving production back to the U.S. from China will actually reduce carbon emissions!
The Obama government increased the cost of power in the form of carbon taxes and caps, in order to drive down emissions. Cassidy says that driving up costs of manufacturing in the U.S. just serves to tempt companies into moving overseas. Countries like China offer competitive terms to manufactures, but according to Cassidy, “If the desire is to decrease GHG emissions, moving a business to China is the absolute worst thing to do.”
The Senator writes for the Daily Caller:
Since the US and the EU began pricing carbon through taxes or regulation, their global share of manufacturing decreased. China, alternatively, went from 8 percent of global manufacturing in 2004 to 24 percent in 2013, a 357 percent increase. Concomitantly, Chinese emissions increased 4.3 billion tons per year. To put that in perspective, that is almost four times the decrease between 2004 and 2013 by the US and the EU, combined. Globally, China rose from 19th highest emitter to number one.
China burning coal releases tremendous amounts of sulfur and nitrous oxides which blow across the Pacific to Washington State, Oregon and California. The West increases the cost of carbon, manufacturing moves to China—the demand for coal-fired electricity soars and global GHG emissions sky rocket—this is not the approach to take.