Perspective On The Paris Dumping – World CO2 Emissions Up, U.S. CO2 Emissions Down

Posted on Sun 06/04/2017 by

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World CO2 Emissions have risen hugely, while in the U.S. CO2 emissions have fallen ….. hugely.

By Anton Lang ~

You might think that’s a pretty bold thing to say, but it’s easy enough to check, and can quite easily be proved to be correct.

So, President Trump has now officially withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement. Other major Countries around the World have come out against that decision by the President, saying that the U.S. is abandoning its responsibilities as the second largest emitter of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Greenhouse Gas. The media, virtually as a a whole have also come out against the decision as well, but have those same media outlets actually gone and checked what has been happening across the years with respect to those CO2 emissions?

It’s an easy enough thing to do these days with access to the Internet, and how records of things like this have been kept, so all you have to do is to track them down.

Let’s go back and do that check, and show something that in this current situation of criticizing President Trump for his decision might actually be a little disingenuous to say the least.

Go to this link: 2007 CO2 Emissions by Country

This shows the World CO2 emissions by each of the Countries of the World. Read that top line there, which says that while this data was collected in 2007, it actually shows the data with respect to 2004. That’s understandable, as figures like these would not be easy to obtain on a short time frame basis. So even though this is for the year 2007, it is actually from 2004.

Note the total for the whole of the World, and keep in mind here that this is shown in Thousands of metric tons (or Tonnes), as shown in the text at the top of that column.

That World total is 27,245,758 so that’s more than 27 Billion Tonnes.

Now note the figure for the U.S. which at that time in 2004 was the largest emitter of CO2 in the World, and that figure is 6,049,435 so just a tick over 6 Billion Tonnes. At that time, the U.S. emitted more than one Billion Tonnes more than China, the Country with the second highest emissions.

Okay then, scroll forward to the most recent figures.

Go to this link: 2015 CO2 Emissions by Country

Note here that while this is the most recent data for 2017, it is based on data collected at the end of 2015. Again, the data is expressed in the same figures, in kt, or thousands of Tonnes.

Note the total for the whole of the World, and that is 36,061,710 so, just a tick over 36 Billion Tonnes.

Now note the figure for the U.S. which is now the second largest emitter of CO2 in the World, after China, and that figure is 5,172,338 so a bit over 5 Billion Tonnes. While in 2004, the U.S. emitted one Billion Tonnes more than China, the U.S. now emits less than HALF what China emits.

The total CO2 emissions for the whole of the World has risen by a huge amount more than 8.8 Billion Tonnes, a percentage rise of 32.4%.

However, in that same time, the total CO2 emissions for the U.S. has fallen by 877 Million Tonnes, so almost a Billion Tonnes, and that’s a percentage REDUCTION of almost 15%. (14.5%)

We can actually burrow deeper into these figures however.

Some people might put down these huge U.S. reductions to the policies of President Obama, but note again that start date of figures from 2004, so these reductions in the U.S. actually started during the first term of President George W. Bush, so this isn’t just a political thing for President Trump to roll back former President Obama’s policies, as the U.S. was already reducing its total four years prior to Obama taking office.

Some of the loudest protests came from Europe, so when we look at their figures, true, they also have reduced their emissions, but only by 13% compared to the 15% reduction in the U.S.

Perhaps loudest among those European Leaders who criticised this decision by President Trump was Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, so let’s take a look at the figures for Germany.

True also, that during this same time frame, Germany has reduced their CO2 emissions, but only by 10% compared to the 15% from the U.S.

Further to that, just the decrease in the U.S. total of 877 Million Tonnes, well that REDUCTION alone is 100 Million Tonnes MORE THAN the current total emissions from Germany, not Germany’s reduction, but their total current CO2 emissions.

The CO2 emissions from China have DOUBLED from 5 Billion Tonnes to more than 10 Billion Tonnes, and that same doubling of emissions is also the same case for India as well, and those two Countries are just two of more than 170 Countries who need do nothing at all with respect to that Paris Climate Agreement.

Nothing, except increase their emissions if they wish, and it seems that they do indeed wish to increase their emissions.

Perhaps the singularly most amusing thing in all of this is that there is NO Country on Planet Earth that has reduced its emissions of CO2 by a greater percentage than the U.S. and now they are making the U.S. a pariah for withdrawing from that Paris Climate Agreement.

So, while all the other (already Developed) Countries waffle on about how the U.S. has abandoned its responsibilities, the U.S. has actually been reducing their CO2 emissions by what is a huge amount.

All these other Countries are bitching and moaning about the U.S. removing itself from an agreement that means virtually nothing, while all this time, the U.S. has actually been making huge steps towards reducing their emissions by more than any other of those complaining Countries.

So, when President Trump made that announcement to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, people only had to go and check for themselves to see that it was the U.S. who has actually been doing the most of any Country in the World to reduce their emissions.

Anton Lang uses the screen name of TonyfromOz, and he writes at this site, PA Pundits International on topics related to electrical power generation, from all sources, concentrating mainly on Renewable Power, and how the two most favoured methods of renewable power generation, Wind Power and all versions of Solar Power, fail comprehensively to deliver levels of power required to replace traditional power generation. His Bio is at this link.

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