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Global Warming Emissions in US and China

Kristin Eberhard

Posted April 19, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal had a front page article today about how US global warming emissions have been going down. (Side note: The opening paragraph described carbon dioxides as “the greenhouse gas widely believed to contribute to global warming” which makes me wonder if the WSJ would describe gravity as being “the theory widely believed to cause objects to fall towards the ground instead of towards the sky.” )

The article also includes a graph of annual changes in GHG emissions, showing that China’s have gone up since 2005, while the US’s have gone down. The clear take-away from this graph is: “The US is great, we’re doing our part; China is causing problems, they need to get with the program.” The WSJ graph shows relative changes, but does not show actual emissions. Here are the 2005 per capita emissions in US and China:


We are polluting over 400% more. In other words, it takes four people in China to pollute as much as a single American. So yes, their emissions went up and ours went down, which changed this relationship to be... we are still polluting four times as more. And if the Chinese “get with the program” and do what we are doing, they would need to quadruple their emissions. Quadruple. As in, if they are now eating one hamburger a day, they would need to start eating four.

It’s great that our emissions had a downtick, but let’s not kid ourselves that we are doing our part or that the Chinese should just do what we are doing. We need to put our ingenuity to work figuring out how to support a high quality of life with fewer emissions, so that we can truly tell others to get with the program and do as we do.

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John GaltApr 21 2013 03:21 AM

Does global warming take in to account per capita emissions nowadays then? China has more than 4 times the population of the US, so in total emissions is a bigger polluter.

This article once again exposes the real cause that's being fought here - wealth redistribution from developed to developing countries - rather than environmental concerns which are a mask the Socialists are hiding behind.

Elizabeth WoodworthApr 21 2013 11:45 AM

The public has not been properly informed by the media about global warming so the problem has been incorrectly framed for decision-making.

It may be time to start thinking about fuel rationing (especially related to travel) as we transition to clean energy over the coming years. And certainly government subsidies to fossil fuels should be phased out asap.
Rationing was applied fairly and effectively during World War II. The current emergency is a war against our own polluting lifestyle, which in turn is in fact a war on the planet itself.
The principles of rationing and how they might be applied during the transition to clean energy are examined here:

Evan RavitzApr 22 2013 06:40 PM

This is also greenwashing because lots of China's emissions are due to manufacturing of stuff the US will consume. So we just do our dirtiest burning over there -AND there's the ADDED transportation emissions.

Babu G. RanganathanApr 23 2013 11:59 AM


Dr. Larry Vardiman (scientist and physicist) of the Institue for Creation Research says:

"One possible scenario may be found in a recent series of articles by Henrik Svensmark and Nigel Marsh, cosmic ray specialists from Denmark, who have shown an indirect connection between galactic cosmic ray (GCR) intensity and global temperature.7,8,9 They are studying the influence of the Sun on the flow of GCR to Earth. The Sun's changing sunspot activity influences the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth permitting more GCR to strike the Earth during high periods of activity.

When the Sun is active, the intensity of GCR striking the Earth is increased, causing more ionization in the atmosphere, creating more carbon-14, and possibly creating more cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). This increase in CCN, in turn, appears to create more low-level clouds which cool the Earth. When the Sun is quiet the GCR intensity striking the Earth is reduced, allowing the Earth to warm. Svensmark and Marsh have shown a striking statistical correlation between sunspot activity and global cooling and warming over the past 1000 years.

The recent rise in global temperature may partially be due to current low solar activity supplemented by a recent increase in carbon dioxide concentration measured at Mauna Loa. The connection which still needs further study is the production of CCN and clouds by GCR."

There is a good deal of science showing that global warming is not mad made. Yes, we still should have pollution controls, as we already do, but not to the extreme because it will unnecessarily hurt business.

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Babu G. Ranganathan
B.A. Bible/Biology


klemApr 24 2013 10:44 AM

"The Wall Street Journal had a front page article today about how US global warming emissions have been going down."

I don't even know what you mean by global warming emissions. By global warming emissions, you are referring to CO2 emissions, right? You're not referring to water vapor emissions, surely.

As far as I'm concerned the reduction is US CO2 emissions is a sign that the economy is not up to full strength. I don't give a hoot what your climate alarmist religion says, just keep that to yourself. In time, China's per-capita CO2 emissions will exceed those of the USA. What will you say about your beloved China then?

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