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Zinke was probably trying repeat one of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s favorite (again, erroneous) talking points — claiming that in the Paris deal, China “didn’t have to take steps until 2030.” That is false. China pledged to peak in emissions by 2030 — and “to make best efforts to peak early.” That requires a lot of effort by the developing country, which is why even before the Paris agreement, China agreed to peak coal use by 2020.

Ha ha. As if some giant fist in the sky will slam down on China if its coal use exceeds the as-yet undefined limits of 2030 or 2020 or whatever year COP21 delusionists have decided is the year that matters.

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