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Pollution's Collusion!

From an AP/Fox report August 17, 2012!

In a (little noticed (publicized?) technical report), the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said this month that energy related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels. Energy emissions make up about 98 percent of the total. The Associated Press contacted environmental experts, scientists and utility companies and learned that virtually everyone believes the shift could have major long term implications for U.S. energy policy. (Energy prices will "necessarily skyrocket" - President Obama"!)

With conservation efforts, the lagging economy and greater use of renewable energy are factors in the CO2 decline, the drop off was attributed due mainly to low priced natural gas, the agency said.

Coal and energy use are still growing rapidly in other countries, particularly China, and (CO2 levels globally are rising, not falling). Moreover, changes in the marketplace — a boom in the economy, a fall in coal prices, a rise in natural gas (prices - more than likely) — could stall or even reverse the shift. For example, U.S. emissions fell in 2008 and 2009, then rose in 2010 before falling again last year.

China’s emissions were estimated to be about 9 billion tons in 2011, accounting for about 29 percent of the global total. The U.S. accounted for approximately 16 percent. (AP/Fox)

The United States has 18 coal burning electrical plants (with scrubbers), China has 120 (without scrubbers) and building many more!

With the rest of the World creating 84% of the World's pollution, why are Americans still being led to believe that global warming is all their fault? (Oh! that's right, the western companies that moved their operations to Asia are still causing the "Man Made" green house gases - therefore, they must charge the American tax payers more to clean up World Pollution!)

Of course, none of the pollution coming from Asia will ever reach the shores of the United States!

LET US ALL GIVE A PAT ON THE BACK TO THE U.S. CLEAN GREEN PROPAGANDA MACHINE (ENVIRONMENTALISTS). (NOW THAT MOST OF OUR MANUFACTURING BASE HAS RELOCATED TO ASIA, I'M SURE THEY (ENVIRONMENTALISTS) HAVE PACKED THEIR BAGS AND BOOKED A FLIGHT TO CHINA - BUT, I'M NOT HOLDING MY BREATH UNTIL THAT HAPPENS!)

THOSE HOLDING "U.S. CARBON CREDITS" COULD GET MORE WEALTHIER BY SELLING THEM TO THE POLLUTING FACTORIES IN CHINA/ASIA! (I'm not holding my breath on this one either!)

Like P.T. Barnum once said: "There's a sucker born every minute"!

"IN REGIONE CAECORUM" (In the land of the Blind)

Comments

Ken Lassman 2 years, 8 months ago

Where to start? How 'bout from the top: The EIA doesn't state that 98% of carbon emissions come from energy production; it's more like 58%. Source: http://www.eia.gov/oiaf/1605/ggrpt/carbon.html

CO2 emissions for China, according to the EIA, was 8,320,960 metric tons in 2010, so 9 billion is probably correct. The US in 2010 emitted 5,610,110 tons that year. Source: http://www.eia.gov/countries/country-data.cfm?fips=US&trk=p1

I have no idea how your source came up with saying that the US only had 18 coal fired plants, all of which had scribbers. Of course scrubbers wouldn't stop CO2 emissions anyway, and the EIA lists 1387 coal fired plants in the US, some of which have scrubbers and some which don't. China's 120 number must be similarly way off. Source:http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=7290

Then there's the silly part about how we're producing a tiny fraction of the world's CO2 emissions. Today's snapshot shows China emitting more, which is correct, but how about the cumulative emissions over time? Here's the rank for that: 1. USA at 29.3% 2. All of Europe at 26.5% 3. China: 7.6% 4. The rest of the world: 36.6, with no country more than 7% Source: http://pdf.wri.org/navigating_numbers_chapter6.pdf

Furthermore, what is the per capita emissions of CO2 currently being emitted? USA: 18 metric tons per person China: 5.3 So each person in the US is responsible for emitting more than 3 times as much CO2 as the average Chinese. But you might reply that we're accustomed to a different lifestyle and would not be comfortable living like the average Chinese citizen. You would correct for most of us. So let's look at some other countries: Sweden: 5.3 United Kingdom: 8.5 Japan: 9.5 Germany 9.6 Australia: 18.6 Source: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC

Seems that Europe and Japan somehow scrape by on a lifestyle that folks here would be pretty darn comfortable living, on about half the CO2 than the average US citizen, and the Swedes are doing it on a level compatible with China, even.

The Australians seem to be huge emitters like us, but they also just passed legislation that puts a carbon tax on emissions to try to get their consumption under control. It's time that we join the rest of the world, knowing that since our per capita consumption is so much higher, any personal improvements we continue to make will make a much bigger impact than just about anywhere else AND help the planet to boot.

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