Nikki Haley, America’s presidential candidate, blames India and China for climate change

Nikki Haley’s Western propaganda fails, after backlash from Indians

Niki Haley’s tweet on the environment and accountability provoked widespread outrage from Indians and people around the world. Nikki Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants from Punjab, is one of the presidential candidates running for 2024 elections. 

On Monday, she started a Twitter war by saying, “If we want to be serious about saving the environment, we need to confront India and China. They are some of the biggest polluters.” 

Source: Twitter

Comments on the tweet came from all over the world. Indians who vehemently defended their nation by screaming forth facts were among them. 

Why is the Tweet Problematic? 

Because it essentially amounts to Western propaganda against the East, the tweet is troubling in its simplicity.  

What is Carbon Emission? 

Source: The Guardian 

Burning of fossil fuels results in Carbon Emissions. Eurostat defines Carbon Emission, 

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colourless, odourless and non-poisonous gas formed by combustion of carbon and in the respiration of living organisms and is considered a greenhouse gas. Emissions means the release of greenhouse gases and/or their precursors into the atmosphere over a specified area and period of time. Carbon dioxide emissions or CO2 emissions are emissions stemming from the burning of fossil fuels and the manufacture of cement; they include carbon dioxide produced during consumption of solid, liquid, and gas fuels as well as gas flaring.”  

Why is Carbon Emission a problem? 

Carbon Emissions emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Higher quantities of carbon dioxide produce greenhouse gases, which raise global temperatures. 

Is it Western Propaganda? 

Accuracy of the Tweet 

First, the tweet has to be more accurate. Let’s examine each allegation. If said by a future leader of a nation whose carbon emissions are on par with the rest of the world, the assertion that India and China are the greatest polluters is inherently problematic. When viewed from the perspective of the population, it becomes much more problematic and cruel.

 “ United States, for instance, was the top emitter of CO2 for years despite its small population, compared to China and India.”, according to Times Of India, a news agency 

Factual Evidence

According to the evidence, the average American consumes three times more resources than the average Indian. The disparity was significantly greater 50 years ago. So, from times past to the present, all the facts point to America, which emits more carbon dioxide than any other country in the East, considering its size of population. 

Problematic  Intentions 

According to reports, the United States is the greatest carbon emitter with such a small population. In such a circumstance, expecting that countries with the world’s largest populations, such as India and China, reduce their carbon emissions is cruel.

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