AHEAD OF THE CURVE IN MAKING C02 HISTORY
The New York Times' Andy Revkin complains :
'Some libertarian critics have implied I’m supporting a Draconian push back to sweaters and bicycles (see Ron Bailey’s recent critique of my “Unnecessary Things” post). [UPDATE: Draconian by some of their standards, not mine.] Some environmentalists say I’m too gloomy about the chances that humanity will resolve to share responsibility for limiting climate risks.'
Like politics, all gloom is local. To keep Carbon Dioxide levels rising by a part per million per year, everyone on Earth must burn fuel enough to provide ~782 kilograms, or 1,745 pounds per capita. The citizens of many nations easily exceed this ~ ¾ metric tonne criterion-- Americans generate over 20 tonnes of CO2 each, Kazakhstanis over 13 , Israelis over 10. Even the French, sorely handicapped by their nuclear electric system, manage a respectable 6.
Deep Greens of course esteem the Pakistani life style shockingly profligate in terms of greenhouse gas emission. They seek to stop and reverse increases in gases that tend to warm the planet, and applaud Al Gore’s demand for a 90% cut in US CO2 emissions by 2050. This means surpassing the fuel economy of sunny Iraq at ~ 3 tonnes per capita , or Cuba at ~2, and emulating the few, the proud nations that took Earth Day 1970 seriously, and are showing the world the way things ought to be, providing so-called ‘developed’ nations with an exemplary spectrum of low carbon footprint lifestyles.
Less Than 1 PPM Global CO2 Growth Per Year
CO2 per capita KG LIFE EXPECTANCY
Paraguay 742 78.0
- Angola 505 38.6
Sudan 287 50.3
- Zambia 204 38.5
Ethiopia 103 50.4
>>1 PPM Global CO2 Growth Per Decade!
Rwanda 63 50.1
Cambodia 39 63.4
Afghanistan 29 43.9
Chad 13 48.3
- Somalia 3 50.7
It might broaden the horizons of those who take passive solar tea with Amory Lovins, if the Aspen Institute and Guggenheim Foundations were to cycle their annual meeting venues through the above list, in ascending order.