Bush policies cause U.S. GHG emissions to soar 1.4% in 2007

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"Bush policies cause U.S. GHG emissions to soar 1.4% in 2007"

OK, this isn’t entirely news to CP readers (see here). But the Energy Information Administration’s just released final report covers pretty much everything a climate junkie could possibly want to know about U.S. GHG emissions in 2007. The bottom line:

Total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 were 1.4 percent above the 2006 total…. An increase in the carbon intensity of electricity generation … contributed to higher energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2007.

President Bush immediately released a statement:

We are effectively contributing to the problem of global climate change through flawed energy policy, obstructionist domestic and international climate policy, and general disinformation.

Okay, he didn’t release that statement, but he should have, given that after EIA revealed the temporary dip in 2006, he claimed:

We are effectively confronting the important challenge of global climate change through regulations, public-private partnerships, incentives, and strong economic investment.

Bush is so funny it hurts.

As an important aside, the main reason emissions growth haven’t been even faster under Bush is that he’s had two economic slowdowns, 9/11 (which severely depressed air travel), record fossil fuel prices for much of his term, and a rapidly growing trade deficit with China. Had we manufactured in this country everything we actually consumed over the past seven years, the rate of growth of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions would have been about 50% higher.

That is quite a record of economic/energy failure masquerading as an emissions reduction strategy [see “Give Bush some (perverse) credit for emissions drop“]. For most of last year we had to put up with nonsense from delayers about Bush’s successful climate policy compared to the rest of the world. In September 2007, the President actually said

Do you realize that the United States is the only major industrialized nation that cut greenhouse gases last year?

So how much have emissions risen under Bush? Here is the chart from the EIA report (click to enlarge):

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Baselines are, of course, everything in doing these calculations. It certainly makes no sense to use a 2000 baseline, since one can’t possibly ascribe any impact from Bush’s “climate policies” in the year 2001 itself. Using a 2001 baseline isn’t entirely fair because of the recession and 9/11. But who said life was fair?

Bush has overseen a rise in greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 5% from 2001 to 2007, a roughly 0.8% increase per year. Coincidentally, the average annual increase in U.S. GHGs since 1990 is 0.9%.

I know what you’re thinking. Are Life On Mars and Fringe and Heroes veering off into Lost territory? Wait a minute, unfair Climate Progress editor, you can’t really judge Bush until you have the emissions data from the year he leaves office, and surely 2008 will see a drop in GHGs and surely 2009 will see little if any growth, so Bush’s overall numbers will drop considerably.

To which I would reply, stop calling me Shirley, and yes, those climate alarmists in the Bush administration have figured one sure-fire way to temporarily reduce emissions growth — destroy the global economy.

Now let’s see what (hopefully) eight years of progressive government can do to transition to sustainable growth.

UPDATE: The Center for Public Integrity’s Paper Trail blog has a good post on this report: “U.S. Greenhouse Gases go Up, Bush Talking Point Goes Down.”

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7 Responses to Bush policies cause U.S. GHG emissions to soar 1.4% in 2007

  1. rum says:

    trying to comment on a blog from gristmill…nw passage….any response about the comments stating that passage was possible in the early 1900’s to the early 30’s? . Say those comments were false and we were not able to pass thru then….where in history has a co2 increase preceded a temperature increase?.. your staTement… “its alot warmer”… is it? where is it ALOT warmer? where is it warmer? unless of course you use Sept data for Oct data, it sure seems to me that it has NOT WARMED FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. It sure seems like the same ole’ cycle. Why do you people persist? A one world order? U.N. control? What? help me understand….

  2. Rick says:

    it’s probably alien interstellar thought control….. or maybe their just yankin your chain rum

  3. Joe says:

    Is rum your name or, given that you used lowercase, merely your beverage of choice?

    In the future, however, you should know that I don’t normally let people simply reprint long-debunked denier talking points — ESPECIALLY NONSENSICAL STUFF IN ALL CAPITALS.

    But your email is such an argument against your own position, I’m letting it through.

    And the reason climate scientists persist is that they fervently hope to save the climate for your descendents in spite of your willful ignorance.

  4. David B. Benson says:

    Joe — We’ll hope that ‘rum’ does not have any descendents.

    Just those of us with intelligence…

  5. llewelly says:

    where is it ALOT warmer? where is it warmer? unless of course you use Sept data for Oct data, it sure seems to me that it has NOT WARMED FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. It sure seems like the same ole’ cycle. Why do you people persist? A one world order? U.N. control? What? help me understand….

    Why don’t you just chalk it up to the same forces that conceal the flatness of the Earth? Namely, government conspiracy and alien mind-control beams.

  6. Mike says:

    One reason that temperatures might have remained flat for the last few years is that the energy from the sun trapped by greenhouse gases is going into melting the polar ice caps. You might remember from high school chemistry that solids maintain a constant temperature as they melt. The amount of energy required to melt a gram of a substance is called it’s “heat of fusion”. If your memory of high school is foggy and your chemistry chops are sagging, you can refresh your understanding of this at wikipedia or google.

  7. Global Warming Has Already Happened. In the mid 19th century, the Mississippi river froze over in the winter so you could drive on it at St. Louis. That’s how St Louis became known as the gateway to the west. Now the Mississippi river is ice-free at Davenport, Iowa. Cattaraugus County New York [Olean, Little Valley] got 450 inches [37.5 feet] of snow per year in the 1950s and 1960s. Now it gets only 96 inches of snow per year.