The Candid Eye

November 15, 2009

USA – Washing its hands of climatic control!!

Filed under: Global Warming,USA — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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In the clearest enunciation of what was being talked about in the last few weeks, the United States has said it will not make any commitments to cut its greenhouse gases until its domestic legislation on climate change is passed in the Senate — effectively ruling out any US offer at the Copenhagen summit in December.

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu : Image Couresy - http://www.indianexpress.com/

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu : Image Couresy - http://www.indianexpress.com/

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said his country wanted to make sure that the story of the Kyoto Protocol — which Washington had put its signature to but could not ratify as the Senate refused to clear it in 1998 — was not repeated this time around.Chu said Washington wanted to complete the “political process” before declaring its targets for reducing its greenhouse gases.

“It (the US targets) has to go through the political process. We want to make sure that a situation like Kyoto does not happen again,” he said, while speaking at IIT Delhi.

The Copenhagen summit is supposed to finalise a global climate framework beyond 2012 when the first commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end. The developed countries are expected to declare their emission cut targets for a period beyond 2012.

The US Senate is currently debating what is known as the Kerry-Boxer legislation that proposes 20 per cent reductions by the United States by 2020 compared to 2005 levels and 83 per cent by 2050. It also has an intermediate target of 42 per cent cuts by the year 2030.The Democrat-sponsored bill faces stiff resistance from the Republicans who boycotted the most recent hearing last week.

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2 Comments »

  1. Until the world’s largest and unrepentant polluters – India and China – cut their emissions of CO2, the US should not do anything either. Why should the West revert to pre-Industrial Age levels of emissions while the Third World pollutes without restraints? It will not.

    Comment by James — November 15, 2009 @ 8:13 AM | Reply

    • @James
      I would like to bring to your notice some facts about USA. Courtesy – The Independent.co.uk
      The United States constitutes 4 per cent of the world population
      It is responsible for a quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions – an average of 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide is released by each US citizen every year – the highest of any country in the world, and more than China, India and Japan combined
      Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually – consuming more than 850 million trees
      There are more than 200 million cars and light trucks on american roads
      According to the Federal Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of petrol a day
      Motor vehicles account for 56 per cent of all air pollution in The United States
      A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002 concluded that people living in the most heavily polluted metropolitan areas have a 12 per cent increased risk of dying of lung cancer than people in the least polluted areas
      32 of the 50 busiest US airports currently have plans to expand operations
      Every year US industries release at least 2.4 billion pounds of chemicals into the atmosphere
      Despite having just 2 per cent of known oil reserves, the US consumes 25 per cent of the world’s oil production
      16 per cent of world oil production goes into american cars alone.
      Approximately 160 million people living in 32 US states live in regions with smog and soot levels considered dangerous to health
      The new clear air interstate rule aims to cut sulphur dioxide by 73 per cent and nitrogen oxide by 61 per cent in the next 10 years
      Around 50 million new cars roll off US assembly lines each year
      There are already more than 20 million four-wheel-drive vehicles on US roads
      More than 1.5 million gallons of oil were spilled into US waters in 2000 alone
      Only 1 per cent of american travel is on public transport, an eighth of that in the UK and an eighteenth of that in Japan
      As much as 5.99 tons of carbon dioxide is emitted per American per year, compared with 0.31 tons per Indian or 0.05 tons per Bangladeshi.
      The US had 16 major oil spills between 1976 and 1989, whereas France suffered six and the UK five.
      The average american produces 864kg of municipal waste per year, almost three times the quantity of rubbish produced annually by an Italian
      The USA being the major contributor for Global Warming,it has to take greater responsibility for its actions.
      Why should India and China pay the price for USA’s wrong doings?We will never pay for it until USA takes some actions to counter Global Warming.

      Comment by thecandideye — November 15, 2009 @ 6:42 PM | Reply


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