Look, we understand that the science on climate change is far from settled. We’re not here to explain the importance of CO2 management or push some agenda. Instead, we’re just going to look at some numbers to make an important point about our planet’s health.
For the sake of argument, we’re going to accept the liberal argument that reducing CO2 production is important. In fact, we’ll double down and suspend reality and accept that it’s the most important issue in the world right now.
Based on that assumption, Donald Trump is not only the most successful and important leader in the world, he’s bordering on being the champion savior of the left. Here’s the breakdown…
Carbon Dioxide Production
There is no question that the United States is a world leader in CO2 production. As of 2016, we were 2nd in the world. As of now, we’re actually third behind China and India. Similarly, we’re in the top three for per capita production. That gives the U.S. a lot of room for improvement, and it’s why the left said that our exit from the Paris Agreement was a death sentence for all mankind. Then again, reality is never so simple.
Since leaving the agreement, the U.S. has led the world in reducing CO2 emissions. This is according to research provided by AEI, a climate change watchdog. Last year, we cut our production by over 40 million tons. That’s a good foot forward.
In that same span China and India increased their production by 120 and 95 million tons respectively. But, it’s not fun to pick on India and China. The European Union, champion of the Paris Agreement, increased their production by more than the U.S. decreased hers.
If you compare the combined efforts of the Paris Agreement countries to the U.S., the U.S. wins the competition by more than 200 million tons of CO2.
Then again, it might not be fair to compare the entire agreement. When you have almost 200 countries working on something, you’re sure to see some disparity. So, we can look at it this way. If you only consider countries that actually cut CO2 emissions (since China and India are both accelerating their production) and are members of the Paris Agreement, the U.S. slashed more CO2 than all of them combined. To put it simply, the U.S. has done more to reduce CO2 emissions than the rest of the combined world.
Why Is the US Winning?
This is a pretty big bit of egg on the face of the Paris Agreement and the haughty tree huggers who unanimously claimed that Trump’s election heralded the end of the world. But, before we get into that, it’s important to understand that this isn’t a brand new development. Since the turn of the 21st century, the U.S. has led the world in cutting CO2 for 9 separate years. That’s more than half.
The numbers produced in 2017 are really just an acceleration of a trend we’ve seen for almost 20 years. In the U.S., natural gas is getting cheaper. For those who don’t know, natural gas is a more carbon-efficient fuel. For every kilowatt-hour produced by natural gas, it produces half as much CO2 as comparable oil or coal.
Now, a logical person would see this and try to push for more natural gas usage, but the left has actually opposed this motion. You see, the most effective way to obtain natural gas is through fracking. So, the methodology has helped the U.S. slash carbon emissions for a while, but liberal obstruction has actually made it harder for the U.S. to continue the trend. But, Trump’s ascension to President came with a slash in regulations. Fracking is more affordable than ever, thus you can expect the U.S. to continue to dominate the world in cutting CO2 production.
It’s more than a little amusing to see liberals struggle with this notion. They believe that CO2 is the great threat, but they can’t embrace a capitalistic approach to solving the problem.
But, when you compare regulatory efforts to the impact of capitalism, the outcome is completely predictable. Donald Trump, in going against all of their whining and bickering, has actually achieved the most important liberal goal for them. And, in response, they have nothing but hate and vitriol. It just goes to prove what we’ve known all along. Global warming isn’t the great threat. Liberalism is.
~ Freedom News Report