While Congress has been busy creating political theater with what increasingly appears to be a manufactured crisis, the Global Carbon Project reminds us what a real crisis looks like. With the project’s facilitation, a group of scientists from the USA, UK, France and Australia came together to estimate the carbon dioxide emissions from 2007.
Their results have just been released, and they reveal that emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and the production of cement have increased far beyond what the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change thought possible. The GCP report states,
“The actual emissions growth rate for 2000-2007 exceeded the highest forecast growth rates for the decade 2000-2010 in the emissions scenarios of the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change, Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (IPCC-SRES). This makes current trends in emissions higher than the worst case IPCC-SRES scenario.”
That 700 billion dollars headed to Wall Street would be better spent creating a sustainable, clean energy infrastructure manufactured right here in the USA. That effort would create huge numbers of jobs, and restore our nation’s manufacturing capabilities – and could help our economy recover from the failures of the marketeers in the big investment firms.
Which team do you think ought to be entrusted with the effort to bring our emissions down? The ticket with the vice presidential candidate who only realized two weeks ago that human beings have anything to do with climate change?