Actually China is the number one in carbon emissions, followed by the US, EU, Russia and India.
China is the number one emmitor, and the EU is not a country, but when looking at carbon emissions is it important to look at per capita (per person) emissions. Naturally China is going to emit the most because it has so many people, but per person the U.S. is the clear cut “leader” in carbon emissions.
You might want to double check that statement about the US being the clear cut leader in per capita emissions, as it is not! It is in fact Qatar. http://www.good.is/post/who-uses-the-most-energy-per-capita/
Fair enough, however when you factor in per capita use and overall population size, America is much more of a problem than those countries that proceed it. In fact, a lot of those countries ahead of the U.S. are oil producing countries, meaning a lot of their greenhouse gas emissions are actually as a result of U.S. oil demands (and an adjusted figure that implicates these two considerations, greenhouses gasses at at home and from (imports – exports)) would no doubt have the U.S. much higher on that list.
Quatar has a population of 1.9 million, the US has 300+ million, so while you may be correct that they have higher per capita energy consumption, your information is otherwise irrelevant.
If that is the case, than your answer was just wrong in the first place. You might want to make the US look bad, I am in full support of that but make it look bad with some actual facts. You said to “look at per capita (per person) emissions”, I came with information per capita. Now I know the US is one big problem but it is not a “leader” in any kind of emissions, let it be absolute or per capita.
The point is Qatar uses such a small amount of the worlds energy that it can’t be considered the worlds leader. 1.9 million? that’s a fraction of the people who live in NYC…I’m positive you could find many groups / areas within the US with more than 1.9 million people that have higher per capita energy use than Qatar. Think of it like batting average in Baseball, you dont count all the people who are batting .667 b/c they are 2/3 for the year, there’s a minimum requirement for even being considered a “leader”. You would be hard pressed to find any sort of expert who thinks Qatar is a world leader in per capita energy use.
“Qatar has experienced rapid economic growth over the last several years on the back of high oil prices, and in 2008 posted its eighth consecutive budget surplus. Economic policy is focused on developing Qatar’s nonassociated natural gas reserves and increasing private and foreign investment in non-energy sectors, but oil and gas still account for more than 50% of GDP, roughly 85% of export earnings, and 70% of government revenues.” There, think about how much of Qatar’s “per capita energy use” is exported directly to America, they’re an oil producing nation, there not sitting around all day with lights on and the AC blasting, all their energy use goes into producing petroleum which they export to the larger states, that’s why they cant even be considered because we’re (larger nations like the US, China, and EU nations) the ones demanding this energy use from them.
I don’t even know why I keep arguing with you. The question is answered, my work is done.
Because your misinforming people. The EU is a country? really kid?
If you consider yourself done the second you finish answering a question, then maybe you should rethink your commitment to GreenAnswers. There is nothing wrong with debating an answer, and nothing wrong with admitting that your answer may have been shy of perfect.
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