A Secret the Green-Machine Does Not Want You to Know
Numerous advocacy groups have been clamoring for more than 20 years about the need to take action against climate change. Untold billions of dollars have been poured into this campaign with the goal to reach a global agreement similar to the Montreal protocol of banning ozone depleting gases, but as many are aware of the Copenhagen 2009 conference, this did not occur with carbon dioxide; namely fossil fuel CO2. In the United States, a national attempt at capping CO2 gases met a similar fate.
Policies of returning back to “normal” fossil fuel CO2 levels are typically at the 1990 level of emissions. It is never mentioned where we are with our “out of control” emissions, but we just are constantly warned that we need to give our government the okay to take over the “top-down” control of CO2 emissions. Currently, more and more citizens are questioning what could be a global policy that would cost trillions of dollars. Oddly enough, there is good reason for this lack of trust.
The kicker is that according to CDIAC, the magic number of 1990 fossil fuel emissions level is…
1330618 (thousands of metric tons)
At the end of 2011, the US should be close to 1300000 (thousands of metric tons) in emissions (linear extrapolation). All of this success without a global commitment or the EPA really clamping down with regulation. All that was needed was a world class recession and most manufacturing shipped to China and India.