Mother Earth keeps on chocking on our greed
Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution from energy than any other nation.
Under this stalemated congress we are not stopping our oil and gas companies from selling polluted oil and gas to other polluting countries!
So, Mother Earth keeps on chocking on our greed.
As US cleans up, it’s also exporting more pollution
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama
Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new Associated Press investigation.
Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution from energy than any other nation, about 475 million tons between 2008 and 2013, according to U.S. Energy Department data. Less than one-fifth of that amount came from burning less gasoline and diesel fuel.
Yet the U.S. is sending more fuel than ever to other parts of the world, where efforts to address resulting pollution are just getting underway, if advancing at all. U.S. exports of gasoline and diesel released roughly 1 billion tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere elsewhere during the same period.
This fossil fuel trade has helped President Barack Obama meet political goals to curb carbon dioxide at home, by taking it off America’s pollution balance sheet. But that does not necessarily help the planet.
Despite efforts by the U.S. and others, pollution linked to global warming is still rising worldwide.
In Panama, imports of diesel and gasoline from the U.S. have nearly quadrupled since 2008.
Panama is the largest recipient of diesel fuel dirtier and more carbon- laden than would be allowed in the U.S., in part because the fuel is used in cars and trucks that do not have the same efficiency standards and are not regularly inspected and maintained.
Panama’s requirement that drivers test emissions, including for carbon dioxide, are almost completely ignored.
“It’s a false image,” said Onel Masardule of the Indigenous People’s Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative, a Peru-based environmental group. “In reality, the U.S is still contaminating.”
There is no clear accounting of what America’s growth as a fossil-fuel powerhouse is doing to the global- warming picture. U.S. projects that increase energy exports could be considered, such as huge terminals planned for the West Coast to send more coal abroad for power plants.