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Written by Andrew Puhanic
Published on Saturday, July 21st, 2012
While Australians are forced to pay a carbon tax to reduce their emissions of CO2, China on average has increased its emissions of CO2 by 9% to 7.2 tonnes per capita. This now puts China within the range of 6 to 19 tonnes per capita emissions of the major industrialized countries.
In a report commissioned by the European Commission and Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), the 2012 trends in global CO2 emissions report concluded that global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 3% last year, reaching an all-time high of 34 billion tonnes in 2011.
Many developed economies are beginning to introduce carbon taxes to reduce CO2 emissions. However, less developed economies such as those from China and India are headed in the opposite direction. This can be proven by the fact that since 2002 China’s emissions increased by 150% and in India its emissions increased by 75%.
Considering that China and India are the two most populous countries and represent on average 36% of the total world population, the ‘trends in global CO2 emissions report’ also highlighted the fact that CO2 emissions from OECD countries accounted for one third of global emissions with China and India together for another third.
In 1990, industrialised countries with a mitigation target for total greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto protocol had a share in global CO2 emissions of 68%, versus 29% for developing countries. In 2011, the shares were 55% for developing countries and 41% for mature industrialised countries.
With more than 40% of global emissions being derived from developing countries, what possible chance do OECD countries have in reducing CO2 emissions by forcing their citizens to pay carbon taxes when it is expected that in India the total fertility rate is expected to rise to 2.8, further increasing their population and their CO2 emissions. In China, the fertility rate is reducing, however that is being offset with its population’s life expectancy increasing (life expectancy in China was 35 in 1949 and is now 73 in 2011).
Rather than focusing on real environmental issues such as the overfishing of our waters and the poisoning of our foods, the globalists and their government puppets continue on a path that will not lead to the advancement of humanity.
It’s well known that the carbon tax in Australia is having an impact on the standard of living of ordinary Aussies. Reports have been emerging that the carbon tax has increased the cost of electricity by more than 30%.
As can be observed in the image above, the carbon tax is directly hurting families by increasing the cost of living. This increase in cost not only affects house hold electricity prices, it also affects the cost of doing business. If businesses are forced to pay carbon taxes, then they must pass on the costs. For more information on the impacts of the carbon tax, click here.
No one wants to pay more tax and no one wants to pay a carbon tax that is based on a theory that is yet to be proven (man-made global warming).
What the trends in global CO2 emissions report proves is that the hype surrounding climate change is yet another distraction from the real environmental issues we face. The respective governments of China and India are trying to lift the standard of living and quality of life of their citizens, yet the governments of western countries are doing the exact opposite.
Aussies only emit 1.5% of global CO2 emissions, so why are they paying a carbon tax when China and India are making no effort to reduce their CO2 emissions?