Atheism and climate change policies

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Air pollution in the city of Suzhou, China.

China has the largest atheist population in the world and has state atheism (see: China and atheism). Most atheists in the world are likely East Asians (see: Asian atheism).

Overall, atheistic societies have a poor record when it comes to the environment (see: Atheism and the environment).

Most atheists lean to left politically (see: Atheism and politics and Secular left and Atheism and socialism).

Most liberals/leftists believe that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are causing global warming/climate change and that using coal for energy production causes global warming.

Below is information relating to atheism and climate change policy.

Atheistic, communist mainland China and its climate change policy

China and atheism

See also: China and atheism

China has the largest atheist population in the world.[1]

China has the world's largest atheist population and practices state atheism.[2][3] China has one of the highest rates of atheism in the world.[4][5] According to a 2012 Worldwide Independent Network/Gallup International Association (WIN/GIA) poll, 47% of Chinese people were convinced atheists, and a further 30% were not religious. In comparison, only 14% considered themselves to be religious.[6]

East Asia contains about 25 percent of the world’s population. China’s population represents 20 percent of the people on earth.[7]

Razib Khan points out in Discover Magazine, "most secular nations in the world are those of East Asia, in particular what are often termed “Confucian societies.” It is likely therefore that the majority of the world’s atheists are actually East Asian."[8] See: Asian atheism and Global atheism

China building new coal plants

In 2019, Wired magazine published an article entitled China Is Still Building an Insane Number of New Coal Plants[9]

In December of 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported:

China’s efforts to wean itself off coal are losing steam, as the world’s biggest carbon emitter is putting economic growth and energy security above its ambitions to be a leader in combating climate change.

Coal consumption is back near peak levels after rebounding over the past three years, despite China’s pledges to make steep cuts in what is the country’s most prevalent and polluting source of energy. The country is building more coal-fired plant capacity than the rest of the world combined.[10]

The Chinese Communist Party of China supporting building new coal plants in China contradicts their purported commitment to supporting the leftist/liberal position on global warming/climate change).[11]

In 2019, ITV news reported that Chinese air pollution is ten times worse than in London.[12]

Atheistic, communist Vietnam and its climate change policy

Goose stepping, communist, Vietmanese soldiers laying a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Vietnam is a communist country with state atheism.[13]

In 2019, Reuters reported concerning Vietnam and coal usage:

Vietnam is considering importing coal from the United States to meet rising demand for the fuel for power generation, state media reported on Tuesday, as the Southeast Asian country plans to build more coal-fired power plants...

Coal is expected to account for 42.6% of Vietnam’s power generating capacity by 2030, up from 38.1% currently, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.[14]

North Korea and its climate change policy

Sketch of communist dictator Kim Jong-un.

North Korea has state atheism.[15]

Reuters reports concerning North Korea:

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un used his New Year speech to highlight coal as a “primary front” in developing the economy, he was making a case for what analysts see as a flawed but key resource on which his country increasingly relies.

Coal has long been a major resource for North Korea, and Kim’s call for self sufficiency in the face of international pressure is a recurring theme.

But as international sanctions have increased over the past year, coal is one of the few local resources to which Kim can turn as he tries to make good on promises to improve life in a country notorious for limited electricity, analysts and defectors say.[16]

Soviet Union and carbon dioxide emmissions

According to the University of Cambridge, historically, the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."[17]

The former Soviet Union had state atheism.

The article Former USSR Fuel CO2 Emissions indicates:

From 1950-1991, the former USSR's share increased from 12% to 16% of total global emissions. Growth during the late 1980s was stimulated largely by the rapid exploitation of huge natural gas resources. In 1991, emissions from natural gas consumption accounted for 33% of Soviet emissions. Contributions from coal burning, on the other hand, have shrunk, from 80% in 1950 to 31% in 1991. Petroleum consumption since 1975 have been relatively static. Gas-flaring data for the former USSR are poor and partly estimated and should be considered qualitative only, but gas flaring contributes only a small fraction of total emissions.[18]

Secular Europe and climate change policies

See also: Secular Europe

From a global perspective, Europe is more secular/atheistic than the rest of the world although it does have a considerable amount of religious immigrants who have higher birth rates (see: Atheist population and Global atheism).

At the present time, overall Western Europe and the European Union advocate global warming being an important environmental issue.

See also

References

  1. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
  2. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  3. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
  4. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  5. "Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism", Gallup. Retrieved on 2012-11-28. 
  6. The Growth of Christianity in East Asia
  7. Most atheists are not white & other non-fairy tales, Discover magazine
  8. China Is Still Building an Insane Number of New Coal Plants, Wired Magazine
  9. [In Tougher Times, China Falls Back on Coal], Wall Street Journal
  10. Chinese pollution ten times worse than London
  11. Chinese pollution ten times worse than London
  12. Jan Dodd, Mark Lewis, Ron Emmons. The Rough Guide to Vietnam, Vol. 4, 2003. p. 509: "After 1975, the Marxist-Leninist government of reunified Vietnam declared the state atheist while theoretically allowing people the right to practice their religion under the constitution."
  13. [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-us-coal/vietnam-mulls-importing-u-s-coal-for-power-generation-idUSKCN1UW0V5 Vietnam mulls importing U.S. coal for power generation, Reuters
  14. World and Its Peoples: Eastern and Southern Asia. Marshall Cavendish. Retrieved on 2011-03-05. “North Korea is officially an atheist state in which almost the entire population is nonreligious.” 
  15. Kim's vision of a coal-fueled North Korean future may be tough to realize
  16. Investigating atheism: Marxism. University of Cambridge (2008). Retrieved on July 17, 2014. “The most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power. For the first time in history, atheism thus became the official ideology of a state.”
  17. Former USSR Fuel CO2 Emissions