Skip to comments.Economic expansion boosts carbon emissions, despite green-tech gains
Posted on 01/09/2019 8:42:49 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
Experts say it may take a recession to reduce the gases that are warming the planet.
No matter that coal-fired power plants went out of business in record numbers, or that Americans nearly doubled their purchases of electric cars. The U.S. increased its carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, and a large part of the reason was one normally cited as a bonus - substantial economic growth.
A booming American economy meant increased industrial production, more truck and air travel and more offices and other workplaces to heat - all combining, along with other factors, to create the second-largest annual increase in the key greenhouse gas emissions in more than two decades, according to new estimates from the Rhodium Group.
The result is that despite expansion of solar and wind power and some movement to alternative-fuel vehicles the U.S. will have to do even more in the coming years to come close to meeting previous international commitments for greenhouse gas reductions.
We know that CO2 comes from things like burning fuel for manufacturing and burning coal to produce steel and burning gas to move cars and trucks, said José Tapia Granados, an economist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who has done research on the impact of economic growth on global warming. All this economic activity produces carbon dioxide, and money for somebody. So emissions tend to be greater in periods of greater economic activity.
It's a message no one wants to hear: to slow down global warming, we'll either have to put the brakes on economic growth or transform the way the world's economies work, a summary of the study said.
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Ah, Captain Obvious has obviously been consulted multiple times by the economically and scientifically illiterate MSM.
The only plusses of the MSM is that no matter your position in society, you know that 1) you produce more of value than they do, and 2) you have a group of people that you can always feel superior to.
We buy electric cars, install LED lights throughout our houses, put up solar panels and smart meters, use digital thermostats, get smaller computers, sort our garbage. It is not enough, people! You arent doing enough. The only real workable solution is a carbon tax. Once you agree to pay a carbon tax we will stop nagging you. We reserve the right to increase the carbon tax at any time, but only after we have one.
Experts? like .. ? Uhhh .. and .. uhhhh..
Goofballs. The whole damn lot of them.
And that is why we need to bust the carbon myth.
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