Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Inconvenient truths about impressive CO2 emission cuts

Prevailing Wisdom
: The U.S. is failing the world in its efforts to  reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The Truth
: We have cut our carbon emissions more than any other country in the world in recent years — 7.7 percent since 2006. U.S. emissions fell 1.9 percent last year and are projected to fall 1.9 percent again this year, which will put us back at 1996 levels

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So why isn't Barack Obama crowing about it?

According to David Roberts, the astute environmental writer for
Grist,  that would prove 
a little awkward for the President "since several of the drivers responsible are things for which he can’t (or might not want to) take credit."

Roberts details those inconvenient truths in his illuminating piece,
U.S. leads the world in cutting CO2 emissions — so why aren't we talking about it?  

Lots of good information here. Even some charts. But don't let that scare you off. Roberts is such a skillful writer that you'll actually
enjoy the education.

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