Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wait, the US is the Only Country to Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

It seems to be the case.
This continues a long-term trend for the U.S. of lower greenhouse gas emissions. Ironically, while the U.S. was pilloried for not ratifying the Tokyo Accord (though then-Vice President Al Gore ostentatiously signed it, despite knowing that the Senate wouldn't ratify it) to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, it is the only major industrial nation actually slashing its output.
Since the Kyoto Accord was struck in 1997, Energy Department data show, U.S. output of greenhouse gases plunged 7.3%, even though real U.S. GDP over that time has grown a whopping 52%. We're greener today than we have been in decades.
So our GDP growth went up 52% while our emissions went down by 7.3%? I think it might be time to swtich over to the Natural Gas economy and push China in that direction as well.

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