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It’s Called Global Warming for a Reason

It's Called Global Warming for a Reason

America's carbon emissions are at their lowest level since 1994, according to a report the U.S. Energy Information Administration released Monday.

 

But hold the champagne toast. Lest you forget, we're not the only country on this planet and carbon emissions don't stop at international borders.

CO2 emissions in the fastest-growing economies keep going up, and that's offsetting our decline. By 2040, the EIA predicts an overall 1.3 percent increase in global carbon emissions, with places like China and India seeing the highest increases (2.1 and 2.3 percent, respectively).

To be sure, it's an important symbolic achievement that we—the worst carbon culprit on Earth to date—are finally getting our act together, and it could show global leadership. But any discussion of global warming must consider to a significant degree—pun intended—the actions of the planet's new carbon guzzlers.

 

Amy Harder
aharder@nationaljournal.com

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