Coal: Evil Here, a Blessing There

In the recent report “Climate Change: Activities of Selected Agencies to Address Potential Impact on Global Migration”. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-19-166. District of Columbia: GAO, January 2019, the vast Global warming appartus of the Obama Administration is described. A vast mutli-billion dollar conduit funnelling billions of US tax dollars who knows where, even as Obama was trying to destroy the American coal industry. Here is one glimpse of where some of the $1.5 billion Obama gave to the Green Climate Fund went..

China and Pakistan are working together to build the vast China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a megaproject of roads, railroads, ports, “creative” cities, new towns, surveillance systems, and power plants, hydroelectric dams, and a bit of wind and solar power. It will transform Pakistan into a mighty industrial and trade power, or alternately, an intensely suveilled indebted province of Greater China.

In the Pakistani national plan, Pakistan Vision 2025: One Nation-One Vision. Islamabad: Ministry of Planning Development & Reform, Planning Commission (, N.D. [2015], Pakistan notes its concern about Global Warming and its interest in the Green Climate Fund, into which Pres. Obama dumped $1.5 billion:

Climate Change: Global warming and the attendant climate change, resulting in significant and lasting change in weather patterns is having a severe impact on Pakistan including increased frequency and severity of natural disasters. This has a direct and major impact on each of our vital water, energy and food security considerations. Accordingly, our key goals for responding to climate change are: >(1) Design water, food and energy security policies and plans of the country with specific reference to the profound challenges posed by climate change. >(2) Explicit recognition of the relevant risks (and associated economic and social costs and implementation of well-defined mitigation and adaptation strategies / measures. (3) To promote long term sustainability, conservation and protection of natural resources. >While Pakistan makes a negligible contribution to total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (among the lowest in the world), it is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The country has very low technical and financial capacity to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Global warming has caused acceleration in melting glaciers, shifts in biodiversity, changes in crop and vegetation distribution, vulnerability of mountain, desert, marine and coastal ecosystems. In Pakistan this has been further exacerbated by a relatively high rate of urbanization. To address the climate change impacts a National Climate Change Policy is in place since 2012. As a developing country, which is party to the Kyoto Protocol, Pakistan is eligible to benefit from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to access the international resources for mi gating the impact of climate change. Accordingly, the government will actively leverage our CDM cell for processing and recommending CDM projects to earn carbon credits that will be reinvested in related projects. Pakistan is also eligible for Green Climate Fund to get resources for mitigation and adaptation to climate change and can also access funding under the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA). Further, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol secretariats offers capacity building opportunities to Pakistan for strengthening the institutional arrangements for addressing the climate change issues. These opportunities will be aggressively explored. —–

So, well and good, Obama cares about global warming, Pakistan cares about global warming and gets money that Obama provided for Green development. Or many not:

IN the context of the massive China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, it was laconically noted by a Pakistani spokesman:

Q(8): Why CPEC energy projects mostly include coal power plant and what measures are taken to avoid pollution arising from these projects?

A: Pakistan was facing worst electricity shortage in 2013. Coal is the quickest and relatively cheaper source and by now 40% of global electricity is generated through coal. Ours was 0% share and would be around 20% by next few years. Use of Supper critical technology and other environmental safe guards are under adoption.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; CPEC FAQs: All Your Questions Answered Related to CPEC in One Place: Part 2. Islamabad: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), N.D. [2019].

So, the money that Obama took from Americans to fight global warming would be used by China and Pakistan to create a coal industry and coal fired power plants that would have a much larger impact that the American coal industry that Obama was intent on closing down.

Happily, the GAO report We started with has this brief observation as it describes the Global warming bureaucracy: “2018 Presidential Budget Request. The current administration, in its fiscal year 2018 budget request, did not include any funding for the Global Climate Change Initiative. [Office of Management and Budget, Budget of the U.S. Government: A New Foundation for American Greatness, Fiscal Year 2018 (May 23, 2017).] In addition, the current administration’s budget request stated that it “Eliminate[d] the Global Climate Change Initiative and fulfill[ed] the President’s pledge to cease payments to United Nations’ (UN) climate change programs by eliminating U.S. funding related to the Green Climate Fund. . .” It is over.