Reality Check: Obama Plan Will Have Minuscule Impact On Global CO2 Emissions
The online Der Spiegel writes how global CO2 emissions are projected to keep rising strongly, 1.1% annually, at least until 2035 – thanks to strong economic growth in emerging countries like India and China.
Obama’s newly announced actions to curb CO2 emissions by America’s coal fired power plants will do almost nothing to prevent global energy trends from progressing in the opposite direction, Spiegel writes.
Moreover, not even global drastic action would prevent CO2 emissions from rising. Spiegel writes that “energy generation would need to be revamped worldwide – up to going totally without coal, or catching the CO2 from the power plants. That is hardly realistic.”