China rips US politicians over climate change

Written by By Patrick Gillespie, CNN Vice President Joe Biden has been mocked by Chinese internet users after defending President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over statements about climate change. In a…

Written by By Patrick Gillespie, CNN

Vice President Joe Biden has been mocked by Chinese internet users after defending President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over statements about climate change.

In a Washington Post interview published on Tuesday, Biden said he couldn’t believe some elected officials in the US would question climate change and told journalists that Trump will eventually move to fix things.

“They’re not going to sit here and deny the reality of man-made climate change for the rest of their lives. What a disgrace,” he said.

In a spoof video, Chinese government broadcaster CCTV posted images of Hurricane Florence to its Twitter account . The video featured the two countries’ leaders being “applauded” for “saving the planet.” It has since been retweeted by more than 140,000 people and liked by 108,000.

US Vice President Joe Biden responds to a question regarding US President Donald Trump’s opposition to global climate change policy during an interview with the Washington Post on November 7, 2016, in Washington, DC. Picture: Getty

China has faced a storm of criticism following official statements denying the true extent of the country’s carbon emissions, saying the nation’s numbers hadn’t changed much in recent years.

“The great majority of Chinese people, though they are not necessarily the most intelligent people, are aware of the [economic] contribution made by coal,” Zhao Jianhua, chairman of the UN Environment Program, said in an interview in October.

China had suggested that data on the issue was unreliable because much of it was based on China’s own data, meaning some of the data was not necessarily a true reflection of the country’s situation.

Coal consumption has declined over the last two decades as China and other energy-consuming nations switched to cleaner fuels, such as gas and solar.

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