Under the Trump Administration, the United States led the entire globe in CO2 emissions reductions 2019–all the while experiencing economic successes.
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reports, the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed this week that the U.S. saw the largest decline in C02 emissions in 2019 on a country basis–falling 2.9 percent to 4.8 Gt.
“US emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period,” states the IEA.
The U.S. saw a 15 percent reduction in the use of coal for power generation as coal-fired plants “faced even stronger competition from natural gas-fired generation, with benchmark gas prices an average of 45% lower than 2018 levels.” This, says the IEA, caused gas to increase its share in electricity generation to a record high of 37%.
Milder weather resulted in a decline in demand for air-conditioning and heating.
Eighty percent of the CO2 increases came from Asia–with both China and India contributing to the increases.
“In China, emissions rose but were tempered by slower economic growth and higher output from low-carbon sources of electricity,” the IEA reported. “Renewables continued to expand in China, and 2019 was also the first full year of operation for seven large-scale nuclear reactors in the country.”
The news, Saavedra points out, comes after climate activist Greta Thunberg lambasted the U.S. last month in Davos for pulling out of the sham Paris Climate Agreement.
“The fact that the U.S.A. is leaving the Paris accord seems to outrage and worry everyone, and it should,” Thunberg said. “But the fact that we’re all about to fail the commitments you signed up for in the Paris Agreement doesn’t seem to bother the people in power even the least.”
In December, Bongino.com reported that climate-related deaths decreased by over 99 percent since 1932:
…while the climate is changing, humans are adapting to it. As it turns out, building infrastructure to protect against climate related catastrophes is a heck of a lot easier than altering the world’s temperature through political policies that would require the entire world to sign on. That has been attempted with the Paris Climate Agreement, but even that doesn’t actually bind nations to their pledges to cut carbon emissions.
Meanwhile, adapting to the climate has saved literally millions of lives per year.
In the decade from 2004 to 2013, worldwide climate-related deaths (including droughts, floods, extreme temperatures, wildfires, and storms) plummeted to a level 88.6 percent below that of the peak decade, 1930 to 1939. The year 2013, with 29,404 reported deaths, had 99.4 percent fewer climate-related deaths than the historic record year of 1932, which had 5,073,283 reported deaths for the same category.
All of this wonderful news about the environment may just mean the world won’t end in 12 years after all…
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2019