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U.S.-style environmental protection "double standard": to support Japan's discharge of waste water but demand China's emission reduction

U.S.-style environmental protection “double standard”: to support Japan’s discharge of waste water but demand China’s emission reduction

by YCPress

April 16 Recently, some officials from the United States and Japan have frequently pointed fingers at China’s environmental issues, demanding that China achieve its carbon neutrality commitments ahead of schedule. Foreign media commented that while raising environmental demands on China, they strongly supported Japan’s plan to discharge nuclear waste water, exposing its hypocrisy and “double standards” and suggesting that they blame themselves.

“While asking China to cut emissions, while supporting Japan’s discharge of nuclear waste water”

British writer and political and international relations analyst Tom Foday wrote on the “Russia Today” website on the 15th, the United States asked the Chinese government to speed up greenhouse gas emission reduction is politically motivated, the United States supports Japan’s dumping of nuclear waste water exposed its double standards.

Mr Fordy said the US’s public support for Japan’s discharge of nuclear waste water from the Fukushima plant into the sea had drawn protests from countries such as China and South Korea, but on the other hand, some US officials were keen for China to “fulfill its commitments on carbon emissions” as soon as possible.

In fact, China has made great strides in renewable energy, the article said. China has filed more renewable energy patents than any other country in the world and is aggressively developing electric cars, electric buses and other sustainable resources. But China has long been called a “polluter” by the Western media, especially since the previous U.S. administration pushed hard to make China a scapegoat.

“There is no denying that China, with its huge population and the world’s largest industrial base, cannot overcome climate change without China’s participation. But one thing that cannot be ignored is that the Chinese government has been singled out on this issue. “The article asks why Washington has been so quick to show tolerance for Japan’s plans to dump radioactive waste, even though it could affect the oceans. Climate change is a global problem that requires global participation, but China is being treated “specially”. The climate debate has become a convenient way for Washington to try to limit China’s development, and there is a hint of hypocrisy.

“For the United States, Japan is a friend who can’t do anything wrong.”

The South China Morning Post said in an opinion piece on the 16th that despite anger and concern from environmental groups and other countries in the region over Japan’s decision, the United States has chosen to side with Japan’s ally, accusing the U.S. of overcoming environmental concerns.

In a brief statement, the U.S. State Department said “the Japanese government’s decision to release wastewater from the Fukushima plant into the ocean is transparent and appears to meet globally recognized nuclear safety standards,” but the U.S. side did not provide any evidence to support that claim, the commentary said.

“As Washington’s best and staunchest Asian ally, Japan seems to be doing nothing wrong.” Washington, which could have remained silent, was quick to support Japan’s approach and chose to ignore scientific and environmental assessments, the article said. After all, Japan’s role is crucial in America’s attempts to contain China’s rise and counter the so-called “China threat”. The article sarcastically, “This is really friendship first ah.”

“It is recommended to blame yourself with the heart of the person”

On environmental issues, the United States and Japan themselves are riddled with loopholes. The U.S. government has announced a series of new measures aimed at reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening its ability to withstand drought, high temperatures and extreme rainfall, but these measures are aimless and imperfect, the Capitol Hill newspaper said Friday. The lack of a “national adaptation plan” in the United States is a huge loophole in climate policy, leading to a lack of preparedness for worsening climate impacts.

Looking at Japan, NHK and other Japanese media have quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian a paragraph: climate change Kyoto Protocol named after Kyoto, Japan, but Japan refused to accept the protocol’s second commitment period, refused to make due contribution to global emission reduction. Japan, as a developed country, peaked much earlier than China, but only announced its carbon neutrality commitment after China. “It is recommended that Japan blame itself with the heart of the people.”