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Want to help fight climate change? Don’t lift tariffs on Chinese imports.

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19.07.2022

The Biden administration is reportedly considering reducing tariffs on Chinese imports as a measure to fight inflation. Europe’s record-setting heat wave highlights how wrong such a step would be.

Any rational climate change policy has to address Chinese greenhouse gas emissions. It’s true that the United States emits more greenhouse gases per capita than China does, but China is so large that it accounts for 31 percent of the world’s total carbon emissions. China and the rest of the developing world already emit over half of the annual global total of greenhouse gases, and their share is rising as they become wealthier.

Shifting manufacturing to China, as globalized free trade has encouraged, increases global emissions because plants in China use dirtier fuel sources than factories in the West use. Coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, provides 60 percent of Chinese total electricity generation, compared with less than 22 percent in the United States. Every washing machine or toy made in China rather........

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