Climate skeptics are cleaner; US drops its carbon dioxide emissions while Europe’s increases.
Two new studies have been published that completely frost the claims made by green justice warriors.
One of the most cherished tenets of eco-activists is they do more to “save the planet”. However, the first report indicates that it is, in fact, climate change skeptics that are leading the way to a cleaner environment.
Do our behaviors really reflect our beliefs? New research suggests that, when it comes to climate change, the answer is no. And that goes for both skeptics and believers.
Participants in a year-long study who doubted the scientific consensus on the issue “opposed policy solutions,” but at the same time, they “were most likely to report engaging in individual-level, pro-environmental behaviors,” writes a research team led by University of Michigan psychologist Michael Hall.
Conversely, those who expressed the greatest belief in, and concern about, the warming environment “were most supportive of government climate policies, but least likely to report individual-level actions.”
Actually, this result is not surprising for those of us who believe that personal responsibility and independent actions lead to a better quality of life than nanny-state government mandates. The news is also not shocking for Legal Insurrection readers, who have read the posts on the mountains of garbage left behind after progressive protests.
Another assertion made by climate change advocates is that the United States is going to pollute the planet with carbon dioxide because it pulled out of the United Nations’ Paris Climate Accord. The real data reveal the opposite is true: European emissions have increased, while America’s has decreased.
Global energy-related CO2 emissions grew by 1.4% in 2017, reaching a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes (Gt), a resumption of growth after three years of global emissions remaining flat. The increase in CO2 emissions, however, was not universal. While most major economies saw a rise, some others experienced declines, including the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan. The biggest decline came from the United States, mainly because of higher deployment of renewables.
The U.S.’s performance contrasts with that of the European Union, whose carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.8 percent last year. This, even though many E.U. countries participate in a carbon market and are engaged in vast efforts aimed at replacing fossil fuels with wind and solar power.
…Although the Trump administration is generally hostile to international climate change agreements, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that the U.S. reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 2 percent in 2016. This drop is largely attributable to a continuing market-driven switch from coal to natural gas, to more renewable generation, and to a relatively mild winter.
I project that between the sulfur dioxide emissions from Kilauea and the disappearance of sunspots (indicating reduced solar energy emissions), the global climate is going to be cooler in the near future. However, green justice green justice warriors will still find a reason to blame President Donald Trump, America, and capitalism, despite the real facts.DONATE
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