Saturday, May 21, 2016

United States Reduces CO2 Emissions, Europe Doesn't

When it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, the United States has been doing a better job than Europe, even while the latter has had large "green energy" subsidies and a cap-and-trade scheme.  From The Daily Caller:
The European Union’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose in 2015 while American emissions fell, despite Europe’s environmentally conscious and progressive image, analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
The EU’s 2015 CO2 emissions increased by 0.7 percent relative to 2014, while U.S. emissions fell to its lowest level in two decades. The EU has spent an estimated $1.2 trillion financially supporting wind, solar and bio-energy and an incalculable amount on a cap-and-trade scheme to specifically lower CO2 emissions.
I'm dismayed to learn that one of my ancestral counties, Slovakia, is the worst culprit among the European countries for which data is available.  The overall comparison between the U.S. and Europe, I would say, begs a question.  What is the point of government interventions when better results can be achieved without them?  Read the full story, and look at the maps.

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