As of the year 2000, the United States was producing slightly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than China. However, China has only recently exceeded the US in greenhouse gas production, and the cumulative effects of US greenhouse gas production far outweigh those of any other country. Here is a pie chart accompanies by a graph of emissions over time to show how the US has contributed to global carbon emissions over the past few decades.
China is biggest producer of carbon dioxide followed by the United States. In 2008, China produced 6534 million tons of CO2 and the U.S. produced 5833 million tons. However, the United States produces the most carbon per person. The average U.S. citizen produces over 19 tons of carbon per year, while the average Chinese citizen produces less than 5 tons per year.
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