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Guess Who The Mugs Are?

October 13, 2013

By Paul Homewood


In 2009, the EU committed to reducing GHG emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by 2020. It is, of course, this commitment that makes our politicians here in the UK so reluctant to talk about the damaging effects of our own Climate Change Act, and so loathe to even consider amending or repealing it.

Quite simply, their hands are tied by the EU.

But at least, you might have thought, all the countries in the EU would be sharing the pain. Well, think again!


The EU publish each year the GHG emissions country by country. The latest figures are available up to 2011.

Comparing the percentage reductions from 1990 levels to 2011 for the eight largest emitters shows a quite astonishing range of reductions (or in the case of Spain, an increase).




It will come as no surprise that the UK, along with Germany, have made the largest reductions, of 28% and 27% respectively. It will probably also come as little surprise either, that the other countries are lagging well behind.

Italy, for instance, has only reduced by 6%, with Netherlands and France little better at 8% and 13%.

Pride of place, though, must go to Spain, who have managed to increase theirs by 23%.


How much longer will we allow this nonsense to continue?



The full list is below.



  1. October 13, 2013 5:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Johnsono ne'Blog'as.

  2. October 13, 2013 6:19 pm

    Not all countries are allowing the EU to bully them into destroying their economies, and harming their citizens.

  3. October 13, 2013 6:30 pm

    To be fair, we have probably only managed to reduce our emissions by transferring a large part of our manufacturing to China.

    It’s probably part of a master plan to reduce emissions by destroying British manufacturing industry.

  4. October 13, 2013 8:08 pm

    – The figs are 2011, but are we sure of the credibility ?as such figs are very vulnerable to the politics of who collects them
    – Paul pls put in a graph of World, China, India, Russia, Brazil, USA so we can have some context.
    – If we believe – then why has Spain which spent the most on eco-subsidies (until they got real) got the biggest growth
    – Per head of population stats ? Germany looks much much worse than UK, France much better ( for UK CO2 fig divided by 10 seems about the population in millions maybe UK & Norway have high figs due to dynamics like oil/gas industry flaring, air industry etc.
    – do the figs take account of CO2 changes from tree cutting/planting etc ?

    • October 13, 2013 10:26 pm

      They exclude LULUCF, i.e Land Use, Land Use Change & Forestry.

      If I had to guess, the UK & Germany would be far more conscientious about counting numbers than most others, who just seem to only abide by the rules when it suits them.

      I suspect Spain looks bad because they have only recently shifted from a relatively rural economy. Germany of course have the East Germany numbers included in 1990 (prior to unification), and much of the inefficient communist heavy industry there closed down soon afterwards. This has made the German numbers look better better than they really are.

      Same with Poland. All of their reduction took place in the 1990’s. Since then , CO2 has risen.

      I’ll do something with global numbers tomorrow.

  5. cornwallwindwatch permalink
    October 14, 2013 8:46 am

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Spain has increased theirs by 23%! But aren’t they a beacon of renewable solar enterprise that we should be following…aren’t they!? oh I give up.

  6. October 15, 2013 4:37 am

    Since the entire meme of reducing emissions is nonsense, you can count on a long stretch of “continuing nonsense”. Its egregious costs and nugatory effectiveness will continue to squeeze “until the pips squeak”.

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