Monday, December 17, 2007

Kyoto Protocol

That's right, it actually clouds the issue. The issue, when it comes to the environment is that as nations develop they increase their output and, at first, this leads to an increase in pollution. However, over time, the more developed a nation becomes, the less pollution it produces in relation to its total output.

But, you'd never know it if you talked to environmentalists.

Check this out:

The Kyoto treaty was agreed upon in late 1997 and countries started signing and ratifying it in 1998. A list of countries and their carbon dioxide emissions due to consumption of fossil fuels is available from the U.S. government. If we look at that data and compare 2004 (latest year for which data is available) to 1997 (last year before the Kyoto treaty was signed), we find the following.

· Emissions worldwide increased 18.0%.

· Emissions from countries that signed the treaty increased 21.1%.

· Emissions from non-signers increased 10.0%.

· Emissions from the U.S. increased 6.6%.

In fact, emissions from the U.S. grew slower than those of over 75% of the countries that signed Kyoto.

Below are the growth rates of carbon dioxide emissions, from 1997 to 2004, for a few selected countries, all Kyoto signers. (Remember, the comparative number for the U.S. is 6.6%.)·

Maldives, 252%.·
Sudan, 142%. ·
China, 55%. ·
Luxembourg, 43% ·
Iran, 39%. ·
Iceland, 29%. ·
Norway, 24%. ·
Russia, 16%. ·
Italy, 16%. ·
Finland, 15%. ·
Mexico, 11%. ·
Japan, 11%. ·
Canada, 8.8%.

That’s right – that industrial cipher, Luxembourg where their ridiculous wealth is a result of being a parasitic bank and tax haven investing other people’s hard earned money, and basically being a member of as many morally vane alphabet-soup international organizations as is possible.

Note that the countries with the highest increase in smog are developing nations, not the most technologically advanced nations.