Carbon Emissions in the United States fall to levels not seen since 1963

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 14th, 2014

Week in Review

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a new climate report.  And it contained some of the most alarmist language yet used by the IPCC.  So alarmist that an author removed his name from the report.  Not because he disagrees with the underlying science.  But because the “inflammatory and alarmist claims delegitimize the IPCC as a credible and neutral institution.”  And why was the language so alarmist?  Because the fury of global warming was going to rain hellfire down upon us unless we acted immediately to curb our carbon emissions.  For the level of our carbon emissions was growing ever more perilous.  Taking us to the point of no return. Again.  So immediate action was required.  Hence the alarmist nature of the report.

Some of those in the alarmist camp even want to go as far as jailing climate change deniers.  Because it is these people that are allowing the carbon polluters to pollute with abandon.  Because people believe them and their science.  That man isn’t causing global warming.  It’s because of these people that America never signed the Kyoto Protocol.  And because they have not implemented economic strangling carbon reduction policies (such as a carbon tax) the United States is one of the driving forces of manmade global warming.  Because of their carbon emissions.  Of course, the data doesn’t agree with this (see US CO2 Emissions Per Capita Are At Their Lowest Levels In 50 Years by Rob Wile posted 4/14/2014 on Business Insider).

And the following chart from AEI’s Mark Perry shows the U.S. has been making significant gains in carbon dioxide reduction: At about 17 tons per capita, we are at a level not seen in half a century. Perry writes:

CO2 emissions per capita in the US increased slightly last year, but were back to the same level as in 1963 (50 years ago), and 23% below the peak in the early 1970s, thanks to the boom in shale gas, which has displaced coal for electricity generation.

Back to what it was in 1963?  You know what that means?  We are at risk of another ice age.  For on Earth Day in 1970 the climate scientists were warning us to store food to survive the coming ice age.  Which was coming.  For the planet had been cooling for some 20 years.  And if those present trends continued it was death by cold.  Just like they are saying now that if present trends continue it will be death by warm.  Even though there is less carbon in the atmosphere than when they were predicting death by cold.  Which is why there are a lot of climate change deniers.

Then again, perhaps man is causing global warming.  By removing so much carbon from the atmosphere.  For it was cooler when there was more carbon floating around up there.  It would explain why that when a volcano throws up the same stuff a coal-fired power plant does it causes cooling.  While the coal-fired power plant causes warming.  Even though it’s pretty much the same stuff they’re putting into the atmosphere.  Which is another reason why there are so many climate change deniers.  For it appears whether carbon will cause warming or cooling depends on the day that carbon is having.  For it appears carbon has attitude.  And is moody.  Which is the only way it can support such contradicting conclusions.

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The UK funds Research to develop Carbon Capture and Storage Technology to Save the Planet and Kill the Economy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 17th, 2012

Week in Review

I guess we should put the plants and trees on notice.  For their carbon sucking days are over.  The UK is financing research to pull the ‘C’ out of CO2.  Leaving the plants and trees less CO2 to breathe.  In an effort to cool the planet.  Something else the green plants and trees won’t like all that much.  Based on how they look during the winter (see UK to give 20 million pounds to cheaper carbon capture posted 3/13/2012 on Reuters UK).

The British government on Monday launched a competition to provide 20 million pounds this year to companies developing cheaper and more efficient components for carbon capture and storage (CCS) plants…

The government has set aside 125 million pounds for research and development of CCS components over a four-year period, to be distributed in collaboration with three technology research groups…

The government is under pressure to deliver a new CCS construction programme in Britain, after its latest attempt to finance a project in Scotland collapsed due to spiralling costs.

CCS is an expensive and commercially unproven technology, but the government sees its development as vital to help reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

If my math is correct that 125 million pounds is about $200 million.  Not a lot of money in the broad scheme of things when it comes to government budgets.  But for a government struggling to reduce its deficit there are probably a lot of $200 million programs that we could eliminate to help with that deficit reduction.  Besides spending money on expensive unproven technology just transfers good money to bad investments.  Like all those windmills off the coast of Britain that fell still during winter.  A time when electricity really comes in handy.

We’re spending more and more on bad technology to end phantom problems.  Lucky for us the environmentalists weren’t around during the Industrial Revolution when smoke, soot and ash covered our cities.  Thanks to the steam locomotive.  And coal-fired industry.  Before there was electricity.  For back then there was real pollution.  It wasn’t a pretty pristine world back in the 1800s.  It was pretty filthy.  But we did survive.  And the last time I looked out of a window I saw the planet survived, too.  The planet is cleaner today.  Yet we’re more panicked and spend more to clean it.  Because of the environmentalists.  Who hate the modern world.  Capitalism.  And technology.  Unless it’s green and sucks the life out of the economy.

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The Europeans move forward with Carbon Taxes and Costly Carbon Dioxide Capture Facilities

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

Week in Review

To save the climate the DECC plans to kill the trees.  And economies (see Government files plans to build carbon capture plants by Karolin Schaps and Gerard Wynn posted 2/24/2012 on Reuters).

Calling for proposals for a wide range of engineering projects for CCS, including construction of a power plant, gas storage and pipelines, the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) notice of contract was published in the European Union’s official journal.

“DECC’s current intention is for the projects to start demonstrating the carbon dioxide capture, transport and storage by 2016-2020,” the document said.

Interestingly, carbon dioxide (CO2) is what makes the trees grow.  And pretty much anything green that grows.  So as they pull this CO2 out of the atmosphere the trees will have less CO2 to breathe than they have now.  Poor trees.  Even the people that are supposedly trying to protect them are killing them.

The government cancelled plans to fund a CCS demonstration project in October as costs spiralled higher than expected, leaving CCS developers concerned about where the 1 billion pounds ($1.59 billion) set aside by the government for a CCS pilot project would end up…

The European Union plans to raise money soon through the sale of 300 million carbon permits called EU Allowances (EUAs) to fund CCS or renewable energy projects through its New Entrant Reserve 300 (NER300) programme…

DECC also said in the notice document that it expected CCS projects could be built without government support from the early 2020s onwards as its power market reform proposals to reward low-carbon electricity production will allow CCS to compete with other technologies. ($1 = 0.6306 British pounds).

First the government will support them by taxing everyone.  Then the market will fund these by taxing businesses (by making them buy carbon permits allowing them to emit carbon which will be nothing more than carbon taxes).  And raising prices for everyone that buys from these businesses.  But will this happen in China?  India?  Brazil?  Or any of the other export countries?  Probably not.  Meaning their trees won’t be the only thing they’ll be killing.  They’ll be killing their economies, too.

So if they’re going to kill their trees and their economies why are they doing it?  I refer you to the European sovereign debt crisis.  These governments need lots of money to support their burgeoning social democracies.  And they can’t see anything beyond these new taxes they hope to collect.  And I say ‘hope’ because the resulting fall in economic activity from these new taxes will decline tax revenue overall.  Giving them nowhere near what they hope to collect in the end.

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