The German Kyoto Protocol Hoax

 

In anticipation of the former Environmentalist Vice-President's ascendancy to the throne of ultimate global power, the United States Department of Energy had commissioned a Doomsday Book of CO2 emissions for global, regional, and national CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel burning, cement manufacture and gas flaring, annually from 1751 to 1998, which is available . While there are difference in some of the values reported here and at other DOE  and EPA  web sites, the data, which are in an easily manipulated spreadsheet format, can yield useful insights to the continuing debate over the Kyoto Protocol and global warming.

 

The Kyoto Protocol calls for industrialized nations to reduce their CO2 emissions to levels that are 5.2% lower than those recorded for 1990. The selection of 1990 as the base line and the strong support of this objective, on the part of Germany and other Eastern European countries, is no accident, as the DOE CO2 emissions database clearly shows. When the CO2 emissions data for all of Germany and its two cold-war East and West entities, which existed from 1945 to 1990, are plotted and compared with a Western European country such as the United Kingdom, it is glaringly obvious that Germany can meet and, indeed, exceed all of its Kyoto obligations by doing absolutely nothing. When the two Germanys were merged in 1991, the newly reunited country inherited Soviet era manufacturing facilities that generated  levels of pollution extraordinary by Western standards. By simply closing or upgrading these legacies of the Cold War to Western norms, Germany was Kyoto compliant by 1992, as the following graph shows.

As a table for subsequent years, the deception is even more obvious:

German CO2 Emissions

Year

CO2

Change

Per Cap.

1990

267.616

0.000%

3.45

1991

242.959

-9.214%

3.04

1992

235.599

-11.964%

2.93

1993

231.106

-13.643%

2.86

1994

238.178

-11.000%

2.93

1995

226.551

-15.345%

2.77

1996

234.761

-12.277%

2.87

1997

227.558

-14.968%

2.77

1998

225.208

-15.847%

2.75

 

The United Kingdom on the other hand can expect no such advantage:

UK CO2 Emissions

Year

CO2

Change

Per Cap.

1990

155.386

0.000%

2.68

1991

158.938

2.286%

2.73

1992

149.963

-3.490%

2.57

1993

149.179

-3.995%

2.55

1994

148.122

-4.675%

2.53

1995

147.769

-4.902%

2.52

1996

154.440

-0.609%

2.62

1997

147.094

-5.336%

2.49

1998

148.011

-4.746%

2.51

 

Most egregious is the fact that in 1998, the Per Capita CO2 Emission for the United Kingdom was 2.51 metric tons of carbon, while that of Germany was 2.75. The people of the United Kingdom generate 9.6% less CO2 per person than the  Germans, but, to meet their Kyoto goals, they must reduce their CO2 emissions still further. Germany, on the other hand, had already met their targets before Kyoto was even finalized. In addition to the  ephemeral prize of climate stability in our times, all that the Great Leader can offer the British people is blood, sweat, tears and cold houses. Meanwhile in Germany, the members of the Green Party, who only recently morphed to that color from Red, can bask in the warm glow of an environmental righteousness predicated on 45 years of the most brutal subjugation of other nations' economies.

 

By Miceal O'Ronain

(edited by JEB)

 

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