Surprisingly, United States of Amerika (USA), which is normally avoiding any international commitment with regard to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, is now stands first among developed nation in this regard.
The latest world climate report from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy finds that in 2017, America reduced its carbon emissions by 0.5 percent, the most of all major countries. That’s especially impressive given that it’seconomy grew by nearly 3 percent—so it had more growth and less pollution—the best of all worlds.
At the same time, interestingly, the pollution levels rose internationally and by a larger amount than in previous years. So much for the rest of the world going green.
According to Stephen Moore, a distinguished visiting fellow for the Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation, the major reason for the reduced pollution levels is the shale oil and gas revolution that is transitioning the world to cheap and clean natural gas for electric power generation.
It may be recalled that America never signed the Kyoto Protocol some two decades ago. It never enacted a carbon tax.It don’t have a cap-and-trade carbon emission program. Moreover, `environmental villain; Donald Trump pulled America out of the Paris climate accord that was signed by almost the entire rest of the civilized world.
Moore says that the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions is China. According to the invaluable Institute for Energy Research, he said“China produces 28 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. India is the world’s third largest emitter of carbon dioxide and had the second largest increment (93 million metric tons) of carbon dioxide emissions in 2017, more than twice as much an increase as the U.S. reduction.”
For every ton of reduced pollution the United States emits, alarmingly China and India produce almost 10 more tons. This means it doesn’t really matter how much America reduces its greenhouse gases because China and India cancel out any and all progress US makes.
Moore made it clear that those who think they are helping save the planet by purchasing an electric car, or putting a solar panel on their roof, or trying to shut down coal production in the United States are barking up the wrong tree. “If we want to stop greenhouse gases, there is no way to make progress without China and India on board—which they clearly are not”, he added.