Carbon emission clarity

By Tom Quiner

The Kyoto Protocol was ratified in 1998.

It was designed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to combat global warming. Almost every nation in the world has signed it and ratified, the U.S. being one of the conspicuous holdouts.

Nonetheless, our carbon emission production is in sharp decline as a percentage of the world total, as the chart above reveals. And our emissions are not increasing as fast as nations who DID sign the protocol, as the data from the Statistical Abstract shows below:

Change in carbon dioxide emissions from consuming fossil fuels, 1997 to 2008:

US:  4.4%

Canada:  5.0%

Switzerland:  5.6%

France:  8.0%

Netherlands:  10.1%

Iceland:  19.0%

World:  31.2%

Spain:  34.9%

India:  70.7%

China:  110.3%

Remember these numbers the next time one of your liberal friends says the U.S. isn’t doing enough to fight global warming.

1 Comment

  1. Paul Sharp on August 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels can be a good thing; at least so far as it is related to efficient use of fossil fuels. It is most unfortunate that the general media does not report the opinions of the many scientists involved in climatology who do not believe carbon emissions are a threat to our climate.