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Sorry Greta, but Trump's America leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Despite Trump's anti climate change stands, in reality the United States is leading the world in reducing carbon emissions. Much have been talked about and written about Trump regarding his climate change denial and about the US pulling out from the Paris agreements. However, a shocking new report and statistics released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) show that the country that led the world in 2019 in reducing energy-related CO2 emissions on a per-country basis was no other than Trump's America. Yes really.

The IEA report states that : "The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis...US emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country" It goes on to state that: “Coal-to-gas fuel switching for power generation avoided 100 Mt of CO2 in advanced economies and was particularly strong in the United States due to record low natural gas prices. Overall electricity demand declined because demand for air-conditioning and heating was lower as a result of milder summer and winter weather. “

In contrast in China, the world's largest co2 polluter which is responsible for one third of all global co2 emissions and a signatory to the “Paris Agreements”, the IEA found that: “emissions rose but were tempered by slower economic growth and higher output from low-carbon sources of electricity.” Of course this is almost completely ignored by the media or climate change activists like Greta Thunberg and her ilk, which often target western countries like the US or the EU countries where emissions have been dropping for decades and are now lower than they were in 1990 and not China where emissions have had a 207% increase since 1990 and set to climb even higher.

Ironically, It seems that the country that did the most to stop climate change and reduce its carbon emissions was the country that was not a signatory of the "Paris agreements", the USA.

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