Greenhouse gas emissions in the US and Canada are actually declining.
Since 2005, the USA has managed to reduce annual emissions by nearly as much as the entire European Union produces. That’s 758 million metric tonnes of pollution taken out of the atmosphere every year. And it’s all thanks to the massive boom in natural gas that has swept the USA during the last decade.
“Cheap natural gas… has already made the U.S. the world leader in carbon emissions reduction,” writes Bernard L. Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute.
He argues that natural gas-rich countries should Increase gas exports to the world’s biggest polluters, who are currently relying on coal to generate electricity. Switching from coal and other “dirty” fuels to natural gas has immediate benefits in reducing emissions and will help countries including China, India, and Japan, who are among the biggest polluters in the world.
Meanwhile, in Canada, total emissions have also declined since 2005, but not as dramatically as in the United States. Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are currently about the same as Brazil, a lot less than Germany, and only a bit more than South Africa.
Total greenhouse gas emissions by country (kilo-tonnes)
- China: 10,291,927
- United States of America: 5,254,279
- India: 2,238,377
- Russian Federation: 1,705,346
- Japan: 1,214,018
- Germany: 719,883
- Iran: 649,481
- Saudi Arabia: 601,047
- Canada: 537,193
- Brazil: 529,808
- South Africa: 489,772
- Mexico: 480,271
- United Kingdom: 419,820
- Australia: 361,261