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Recession Is Good For Carbon Emissions

From the weirdly named ‘Science’ section of the New York Times:

The CO2 Shadow of the Recession

By Andrew C. Revkin

August 11, 2009

The latest short-term energy outlook from the Energy Information Administration projects a 5 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions from fuel burning in the United States this year, but a quick turnaround in 2010.

The report comes a day after German analysts described a nearly 2 percent rise in global CO2 emissions in 2008 from the year before, to 31.5 billion metric tons.

Some details on United States emissions trends from the E.I.A. forecast are here:

The economic downturn, combined with natural gas displacing some coal as a source of electricity generation, is projected to lead to a 5 percent decline in fossil-fuel-based CO2 emissions in 2009 (U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Growth Chart). We expect an improving economy to increase CO2 emissions from fossil fuels by 0.7 percent in 2010.

Isn’t it a shame we can’t be in a recession all the time?

Sometimes it almost seems like that is what the environmentalists want. Of course we must be mistaken.

But even that great environmentalist Bill Clinton has let the cat out of the bag, as we and Jake Tapper at ABC News noted at the time:

Bill: “We Just Have to Slow Down Our Economy” to Fight Global Warming

January 31, 2008

Jake Tapper

Former President Bill Clinton was in Denver, Colorado, stumping for his wife yesterday.

In a long, and interesting speech, he characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

Notice this was said by Mr. Clinton in January of 2008.

Our watchdog media now (falsely) claim that we have been in a recession since December of 2007.

In any case, maybe we have the recession to thank for the recent cool weather.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Recession Is Good For Carbon Emissions”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    If the recession is good then sealing up D.C. and gagging the “A” holes running things should make things GREAT!!

  2. GetBackJack says:

    LD, you’re on a roll today. Got there before I could type in … gag Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al inter-alia and we’ll be set. Oh, and fertilize the garden with Al.

  3. proreason says:

    Imagine how great the co2 levels will be when seniors start volunteering to die for their country.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    Oh goody. I’m celebrating. I’m looking on the horizon toward the future and I see…the stone age. It will just be just perfect when we can reduce our carbon footprint to zero.

    “Slow down our economy…” Sounds just like Obama – what he does, of course, not what he says. If The One had spouted that “let’s slow down our economy” crap in 2008 then I can assure you he would not have been elected! Nobody wants a Carter!


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