A new report says China's greenhouse gas emissions outpace the U.S. and other developed nations combined.
Unconventional hot take: This is great news.
Why? Because China can innovate and build its way out of coal dependency a lot more effectively than nearly any western democracy. They build nuke plants quickly. They build hydro quickly. Projects that take 30 years in the U.S. are up and running there in a tenth of the time.
It's not climate worries driving that build-out; it's demographics and defense. China's growing middle class needs power and, alongside that, its largest coal mines are dangerously concentrated and subject nation-cracking disruption during wartime.
A world where China pollutes more than any other nation is also a world where solving for that only requires the will of one (admittedly authoritarian) political body.
China will pollute more before it pollutes less. But if the arcs of other nations with growing middle-class demographics are any indicator, China will eventually pollute less.