U.S. responsible for 29 percent of CO2 emissions over past 150 years, triple China's share
Jun 1, 2009 - Joseph Romm - grist
Since the mid-1800s, U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, accounted for 29% of the global total. Those 328,000 million metric tons of cumulative emissions are the most of any country and more than three times the amount emitted by China over the same period (93,000 MtCO2), according to data from the World Resources Institute.
Cumulative emissions are responsible for the high levels of CO2 concentrations that are destroying the climate, which means the moral responsibility rests with Americans to show leadership on emissions reductions.
Hmm. “If Texas were its own country….” Isn’t that what Governor Rick Perry proposed (see AP story “Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Could Secede, Leave Union“)?
Hmm. Two fewer GOP senators … only 59 votes needed to break a filibuster … a lot easier for progressives to win Presidential elections. Something to dream about…. But I digress.
Time for Americans to lead on emissions reductions.
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