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Old 09-16-2018, 08:36 AM
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Default Yes, The U.S. Leads All Countries In Reducing Carbon Emissions

Resistance Democrats were desperate to chase now former EPA director out of office. Here is why.

Last week, in an interview with Fox News, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt claimed: “We are leading the nation — excuse me — the world with respect to our CO2 footprint in reductions.”
Naturally the environmentalists media flacks went to work attempting to discredit what ought to have been cause for celebration.

The Washington Post fact-checked this claim and rated it “Three Pinocchios,” which means they rate the claim mostly false. They further wrote that Pruitt’s usage of data appeared to be a “deliberate effort to mislead the public.”

I agree that this is a nuanced issue, but the data mostly support Pruitt’s claim.

According to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, since 2005 annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined by 758 million metric tons. That is by far the largest decline of any country in the world over that timespan and is nearly as large as the 770 million metric ton decline for the entire European Union.
As usual when confronted with a Trump administration success the WaPo changes the indices to promote their partisan agenda. In this case they discard the gross reduction of emissions in favor of the nonsensical per capita ratio as if the gross reduction is unimportant.

But wait, aren't the Paris accords the only mechanism for reducing emissions? Haven't we been told the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the accords is disastrous for the environment? Shouldn't we see reductions in emissions from the participants? Aha, let's distort the progress the US has made using percentages. Whew, almost had to admit the Trump administration has enjoyed some success.

While the U.S. had the highest overall decline in carbon dioxide emissions, we didn’t have the largest percentage decline. Many European countries experienced declines of 20% to over 30%. At the same time, China’s carbon dioxide emissions increased by 50%, and India’s increased by 88%.

I understand that the Washington Post wants to push the fact that the U.S. is still a high per capita emitter, but that doesn’t contradict the points that Pruitt made.
Trump and Pruitt are evil Republicans favoring dirty air and dirty water. Never mind the Paris accords allow China and India to massively increase emissions the US will not be able to reduce emissions unless we sign on to the accords. Oh wait.

In the blind rush to attack Pruitt and by extension Trump the self proclaimed fact checkers ignore the factor driving most of the US emissions reduction, increased use of natural gas.

It is no coincidence that U.S. emissions started to decline in 2005. That was the year U.S. shale gas production began a decade-long growth spurt.
Once again environmentalists prefer partisan politics to reducing emissions.

What is a 30 something year old single man with a rock in one hand and a Honduran flag in the other?

An asylum seeker.
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