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Carbon control isn't real goal
NY Post ^ | February 24, 2011 | DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

Posted on 02/25/2011 3:16:32 AM PST by Scanian

The Environmental Protection Agency is about to impose regulations and taxes on carbon emissions by execu tive fiat in the name of stopping global climate change. Yet the United States has already dramatically cut its emissions and probably has already complied with the Kyoto/Copenhagen goals for reduced emissions.

And we've done it without taxes, regulations or government intervention.

In 2007, the US emitted 6.12 billion metric tons of carbon. In 2008, the total fell to 5.92 billion tons.

In 2009, while President Obama was promising that the country would cut its emissions to 5 billion tons by 2015, the US economy and public -- on their own -- cut to 5.5 billion. Most likely, by the time the 2010 measurements are in, we'll have reached the Obama goal.

Many attribute this to the Great Recession -- a slower economy uses less power and pollutes less. But US emissions started dropping before the recession and have continued to fall.

A big part of the reason is that we're using less coal in generating electricity.

As we explain in our new book, "Revolt!" (due out next week), coal accounted for 52 percent of electric generation in 1996 but accounts for only 45 percent today. And coal's share is down 4 percent in just the last 12 months.

Natural gas has almost doubled its share, from 13 percent in 1996 to 23 percent in 2009, while renewables (solar, geothermal, etc.) have risen from 2 percent to 4 percent.

The free-enterprise system has responded to persuasion and incentives without the heavy hand of taxation, government regulation and coercion.

These data expose the basic truth: Neither the cap-and-trade bill nor EPA carbon regulation is needed to lower US emissions. The bureaucratic/environmentalist alliance wants these measures to increase public control over our economy...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climatechange; co2; coal; emissions; energy; epa; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; governmentpower

1 posted on 02/25/2011 3:16:39 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian; rdl6989; marvlus; Fractal Trader; Whenifhow; grey_whiskers; proud_yank; markomalley; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

2 posted on 02/25/2011 3:25:16 AM PST by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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To: Scanian

No... Our energy consumption has dropped because the economy tanked. It’s hard to gas up the SUV when it’s been repossessed.


3 posted on 02/25/2011 3:34:11 AM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: steelyourfaith
Neither the cap-and-trade bill nor EPA carbon regulation is needed to lower US emissions. The bureaucratic/environmentalist alliance wants these measures to increase public control over our economy, not to fight global warming.

Every single thing this government does is intended to do that.

4 posted on 02/25/2011 3:34:55 AM PST by livius
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To: Scanian

Increase public control my arsenic, Obama wants to destroy our economy ...


5 posted on 02/25/2011 3:36:30 AM PST by databoss
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To: Scanian
"Most likely, by the time the 2010 measurements are in, we'll have reached the Obama goal."

10% unemployment is probably good for reducing those carbon emissions!

6 posted on 02/25/2011 3:40:28 AM PST by Dacus943
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To: Scanian
Control is an important factor, but I believe that behind everything is the desire for population control. If they take away our energy (which is what they are doing), the human population will drop.

Everything the Left does is predicated on the idea that fewer humans would be better. That's why they hate the family. Why they love abortion, and homosexuals. If they can get us living in caves, shivering, eating nuts and berries, then a global human population of 100 million would be achievable. And they would need to be the tribal chieftains, of course.

7 posted on 02/25/2011 3:42:12 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Scanian

bump


8 posted on 02/25/2011 3:48:48 AM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Scanian
The kenyan wants to destroy America... ZERO WANTS ZERO CARBON FOOTPRINT FOR AMERICA... imam obama WANTS ZERO CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS... HE WANTS US ALL DEAD!

LLS

9 posted on 02/25/2011 3:49:43 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Scanian

I believe the push to pretend carbon needs to be conrolled and to continue the trading is to get the derivatives market going in carbon - which is accounted for in the cap and trade bill.

If we liked what derivatives did to the housing market, can’t wait to see what they do to air!


10 posted on 02/25/2011 3:49:46 AM PST by oldmomster
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To: livius

Agreed. That is my inescapable conclusion, too. But hey, what’s a connie movement for if not to create a totalitarian state?


11 posted on 02/25/2011 3:50:17 AM PST by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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To: Dacus943

Try 22%.

LLS


12 posted on 02/25/2011 3:50:40 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Scanian
to increase public control over our economy

And the People!

Mike

13 posted on 02/25/2011 4:12:01 AM PST by MichaelP ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
SOROS-19sm
14 posted on 02/25/2011 4:12:21 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: lmr
Total Electrical Energy consumption only a minor drop, 4%. But electricity generated from coal dropped over 11%. Both numbers are for 2008-2009 change only.

http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/early_elecgen.cfm

15 posted on 02/25/2011 4:57:52 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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16 posted on 02/25/2011 12:16:56 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: thackney

Ok. I just want to say that my assumption (and your chart) are irrelevant anyway because I don’t see CO2 as a pollutant.


17 posted on 02/25/2011 1:29:26 PM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: lmr
Me neither.

Plant food is good.

Cheers!

19 posted on 02/25/2011 1:33:29 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: thackney
I plotted some EIA data. Here's US and China:


20 posted on 02/25/2011 7:33:50 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: I got the rope

Good info, thanks!


21 posted on 02/26/2011 6:06:25 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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