Rising US ‘Carbon’ Exports Enabling Climate Change Faster Than Ever

Rising US ‘Carbon’ Exports Enabling Climate Change Faster Than Ever reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress on a UK Guardian article. While U.S. carbon emissions have dropped somewhat in recent years — thanks to energy efficiency, renewables, the recession, and shale gas — America’s contribution to the global problem of ever-rising carbon production and consumption grows unabated. Indeed, perhaps a more important measure of how well humanity is controlling emissions is to view the amount of carbon extracted, rather than burned and emitted, since extracted carbon is ultimately burned. Although US use of coal has decreased as the use of natural gas has risen, the US continues to increase the mining and export of coal to countries such as China, where it is burned and the resulting emissions add to climate change. The International Energy Agency’s 2012 “World Energy Outlook” concluded “No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2 °C goal.” That is, limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius. The message is plain: we must both stop burning carbon and stop digging it up.

 

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Source

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/06/2418971/american-carbon-fastest-pace-ever/

 

the original UK Guardian article: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/05/us-emissions-extraction-fracking

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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