China Emits More Carbon Dioxide Than The U.S. and EU Combined
In the previous article, I discussed the relentless upward march of global carbon dioxide emissions. According to data from the 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the world reached a new all-time high for global carbon dioxide emissions in 2017.
Today, I want to discussion trends and relative contributions from the world's most significant carbon dioxide emitters.
Since 1965, no country has put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the United States. The 264 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide the U.S. has emitted to the atmosphere represented 22.5% of global emissions during that time, and was well ahead of the cumulative 216 billion metric tons from the European Union (EU). In second place among countries was the 188 billion metric tons emitted by China.
But as China has industrialized -- with a heavy reliance on coal-fired power -- Chinese emissions have rocketed past both those of the U.S. and the EU:
但随着中国的工业化 - 严重依赖燃煤发电 - 中国的排放量已经超过了美国和欧盟的排放量：
China's emissions passed those of the U.S. in 2005, and by 2012 had surpassed the combined contribution of both the U.S. and the EU. Should recent trends continue, China will be responsible for the most atmospheric carbon dioxide in less than 20 years.
China has lots of regional company, too. The Asia Pacific region is home to both China and India -- the world's two most populous countries and two of the largest carbon dioxide emitters. It is also home to other fast-growing and/or populous countries, like Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Japan. Over the past decade, this region's carbon dioxide emissions have grown at an average annual rate of 3.1%, which was nearly triple the global average. As a result, Asia Pacific is now responsible for nearly 50% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
There are some positives in the data. Over the past decade, the U.S. has decreased annual carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 800 million tons. This is by far the most of any country in the world, and is primarily a result of shifting coal-fired power to natural gas and renewables. The EU has also made significant strides, reducing its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 681 million tons.
These reductions paled in comparison to China's two billion ton per year increase in emissions, but China's emissions have been relatively flat since 2013. This, combined with the decreases in the U.S. and EU, have helped slow the growth rate of carbon dioxide emissions in the past decade versus the previous decade:
It is true that the U.S. has put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other country, and that U.S. per capita emissions are among the highest in the world. But it is also true that the U.S. won't solve this problem alone (even if we weren't dropping out of global climate treaties).
Regardless of the actions taken by developed countries, the primary driver of carbon dioxide emissions in coming decades will be areas of the world with huge populations, but with low, and growing per capita emissions. A small increase in those per capita emissions can result in a huge increase in overall emissions -- amply demonstrated by Asia Pacific's skyrocketing emissions.
无论发达国家采取什么行动，未来几十年二氧化碳排放的主要国家将在世界人口众多的地区，人均排放量低但不断增长。人均排放量的小幅增加可能导致整体排放量的大幅增加 -- 亚太地区的排放量急剧增加。
Thus, the most pressing need in the world today is to ensure that countries can develop without a heavy reliance on coal and other fossil fuels, because this is the reason for the status quo.
Robert Rapier has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry as an engineer and an investor. Follow him on Twitter @rrapier or at Investing Daily.
Robert Rapier作为工程师和投资者在能源行业拥有超过20年的经验。在推特 @rrapier或《每日投资》上关注他。
原创翻译：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/45443.html 译者：天一生水
Notice the typical talking-point of using how many tons of CO2 are put into the air. Sounds like a lot, but in percentage it's still a tiny fraction of all CO2 in the atmosphere. And Alarmists want us to believe all the polar ice is melting because of this.
You can't blame China for manufacturing so much for the world and at the same time blaming China for CO2 emission.
We ship all our manufacturing to China then we complain about co2. Something wrong with this argument.
You say that as if more CO2 were a bad thing....
a Chinese mainlander
are you kidding? China has 1.3 billions people, and EU+US only have 0.8 billions.
Look at who is making much of the world's "green" energy devices, it's China. You need coal to make steel, fact. You need Fossil Fuels to extract, smelt, and manufacture aluminum, copper, etc. You need Lithium, Cobalt, and guess who controls much of the rare earths, yes China.
China also makes much of the stuff the world uses, using up energy in the process of production. If you normalize to consumption related CO2 emission per capita, China is 1/20th the U.S.
The U.S. and Europe are also responsible for 90% of historic CO2 emission which are still hanging around over the past 150 years haunting us.
Population: EU+USA = 1/2 of China. On per capita basis, China emitts way less.
aside from eating everything that moves, they are the worst polluters on earth
Sooooo, what else is new? And remember Obama was going to pay for China.
Is the USA sore about not being #1 in that regard anymore?
and yet liberals wanted the US to spend billions on this
Every gallon of fuel we burn through an Internal Combustion Engine creates 20+ Lbs of CO2. And coal is even worse. Currently, we are producing more than twice the amount of CO2 than the planet can absorb. And that CO2 stays in the atmosphere for 150 years. We had better start reducing the amount of CO2 that we produce, if we want a planet that our children and grandchildren can live on.
CO2 is not even the problem. i read 2 IPCC modeling reports and the input comes from 4 weather factors, not science, not even meteorology, chemistry, biology, heliophysics, paleoclimatology, astrophysics, electromagnetism, plasma physics, geology and other earth sciences, ALL relevant and much more informative than 30 year weather data.
READ the climate accord country commitments. China&India emit over 25% global output and the accord provides $$ for them to modernize while they don't CURB emissions until 2030. This was written 2015. READ Carbon Brief Paris Accord Country Commitments. I also read China pledge translated.
China also has more people than Europe and US combined, then multiplied a time or two.
Greenhouse gas as a problem came from a NASA scientist, Venus expert, who predicted earth was headed in that direction. Velikovsky, friend of Einstein claimed that Venus was actually a younger hot planet so Mariner was sent up and YES Venus was hot; its rotation was opposite that of rest of planets; and its orbit was actually rounder. But it challenged consensus science taught for 100 years so the Venus experts started his own company and the next 60 years was locked in. His theory is further supported by the fact that perturbations in the dwarf planet orbits, and the Kuiper belt debris and oort cloud cannot be explained.
So why aren't they making the biggest contribution to that wealth redistribution fund for global warming?
NO one should be surprised really.
Trump said global warming is fake.
Yeah each Chinese citizen uses less than 1/3 of a US citizen ... so what's your point?
We need to force china to deal with their incompetent environmental enforcement.
But the damn progressives still think that for some obscure reason America is the one supposed to pay for it.
More populated and more factories duh. But the price to pay is the environment. So it ain't all rose and nothing to envy. You got your fresh air and they got their money.