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Recession Did Not Cut Back Emissions

From the Agence France-Presse (AFP):

Recession did not cut back pollution: US agency

Mon Jan 31, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The worst global recession in 80 years did little to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and China made a major polluting leap, US figures showed on Monday.

According to data from the US Energy Information Administration, US carbon emissions dipped 8.18 percent in 2009 compared to 2006, while in China they jumped 32.5 percent.

For the planet as a whole, carbon emissions rose 5.2 percent in 2009 compared to 2006.

The global economic downturn began in 2007, and the recession officially ended in June 2009, experts have said…

The EIA figures accounted for C02 emissions from energy and fuel use but did not include emissions calculated from deforestation or methane emitted by livestock.

So it’s official. If the worst recession apart from the Great Depression cannot put a dint in our carbon emission, what hope is there for any of the picayune regulations that the environmentalists are clamoring for?

Obviously, there is nothing we mere mortals can do about it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Recession Did Not Cut Back Emissions”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Just imagine the devastation to the economy if the greenies actually force cuts in ‘greenhouse’ gas emissions, especially on a global scale.

  2. untrainable says:

    The EIA figures accounted for C02 emissions from energy and fuel use but did not include emissions calculated from deforestation or methane emitted by livestock.

    I’d like to know how these “calculations” are made. Are they taking actual air samples or are they just using models? How many samples do you have to take to be able to make worldwide predictions? And If they are taking samples, how exactly are they separating CO2 from American cow farts from CO2 generated by Chinese coal? Fart detection science must have come a long way. Which weighs more, a pound of cow farts or a pound of Chinese coal?

    As I’ve said before, when these people can tell me what the weather is going to be like next week and be RIGHT every time, I’ll start believeing their predictions for the environment 10 or 20 years down the road.

  3. bobdog says:

    My god. Do you realize that global CO2 emissions have DOUBLED since when they were half of the current number? This is the highest number reported since the standards were revised!

    We all gonna die! If only we could TAX CO2 emissions. There is scientific consensus that we can only save ourselves from lingering global death by migrating capital from filthy rich countries like the USA to third world tin pot dictatorships so that they can make their palaces more environmentally friendly and buy more weapons to defend against, uh, sun spot radiation.

    I get so confused when news agencies like AFP and AP write scary stories like this. If only we had government officials to explain all this in terms I might understand. It all seems so hopeless.What’s a mother to DO?


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