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Fossil Fuel Emissions – 2011

December 5, 2012

By Paul Homewood



The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) have just published the provisional CO2 emissions data for 2011, giving more detail than the figures released last week by the Global Carbon Project.




                                      THOUSAND TONNES CARBON

2010 2011 % INCREASE
UK 134058 124886 -6.8
US 1500864 1473381 -1.8
REST NORTH AMERICA 266235 271286 1.9
EUROPE (EXCL UK) 1246070 1245760 0.0
RUSSIA 445326 458108 2.9
MIDDLE EAST 496096 514791 3.8
AFRICA 341068 343051 0.6
CHINA 2260287 2484812 9.9
INDIA 572692 615500 7.5
REST ASIA/PACIFIC 1102394 1124795 2.0
SOUTH AMERICA 340452 350774 3.0
OTHERS 485995 463709 -4.6
TOTAL 9191537 9470853 3.0


As expected, China and India have continued to massively increase their emissions, while UK and US figures are falling. Europe’s are effectively unchanged, though this does not tell the whole picture, as certain countries such as Germany and France have reduced emissions, whilst others, like Poland and some other Eastern European nations, have seen increases.


Figures 1 and 2 put the data into perspective.



Figure 1


Figure 2

China and India, together, now account for a third of global emissions, and both plan to continue to increase them substantially for many years to come, as Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief negotiator to the UN climate change talks, told us only last month. At the current rate of increase their fossil fuel emissions will have more than doubled by 2020, by which time they will account for over half of the global CO2.

Yet the boondoggle at Doha carries on as if this elephant in the room does not exist.

In the UK, the Dept of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) issued an Impact Assessment, as part of the Climate Change Act 2008. It contains the following statement:-

It is important to note that, where the UK takes action that is not reciprocated, the avoided damages will be distributed across the globe, while the UK will pay all the costs of action. While the action may show a net benefit at the global level, the UK continuing to act while the rest of the world does not, would result in a large net cost for the UK.

It surely ought to be clear to an idiot, or even the dolts who govern us, that the rest of the world is not going to follow our lead, and that any reductions in CO2 that we make will be swamped within weeks by other countries. The Act should be withdrawn immediately before it does irreversible damage to the UK economy.


Xmas Quiz

Could someone please tell me why Weepy Bill and the rest of the tree hugging, sandal wearing brigade don’t take their silly banners to Tiananmen Square, where they could protest to their heart’s content. (Or at least until they were frogmarched to the nearest cell.)

  1. December 5, 2012 4:26 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings.

  2. December 5, 2012 10:09 pm

    We should create a kickstart project, to buy them all airline tickets so they can carry their protest to the heart of the world’s biggest CO2 emitter.

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