NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


December 19, 2007

In light of the criticism the United States received at the global environment conference in Bali, what the status is of global emissions over the past few decades?  Compared with other countries, how has America done?  We generate about 25 percent of the world's global warming emissions, which is not surprising since we are about 27 percent of the global economy, says Pete du Pont, former governor of Delaware and chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis.


  • From 1990 to 1995, America's emissions increased 3.9 percent compared with 3.4 percent for other developed nations.
  • From 1995 to 2000, the emissions increased to 11.3 percent, compared with other developed nation's decline of 1.4 percent.
  • From 2000 to 2005, our increase was 0.6 percent compared with other nations' 2.7 percent.
  • Overall, from 1990-2005, America is doing better than Canada, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and Turkey, and not as well as Australia, France, Germany, Britain and the Scandinavian nations.

So we are making progress, says du Pont.  Hopefully a technological solution will be forthcoming, but meanwhile we will need to continue expanding our energy generation to meet our nation's economic needs.  Neither Kyoto nor Bali will solve our global energy emission problems.  Progress can be made in reducing global emissions through technological breakthroughs, not by an economic equality effort by nations irritated by America's economic success over the past decades.

Source: Pete du Pont, "Bali Who?", December 19, 2007.

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