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View Diary: CO2 Emissions Rate Grew 3.1%/yr for 2000-2012: Catastrophic Exponential Growth (134 comments)

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  •  That's what I'm talking about (0+ / 0-)

    full exploitation of the tar sands constitutes only about 1% of global carbon emissions.

    Sure, it's idiotic and should be stopped.

    But having done that, one year's increase will be 2% instead of 3% and (without addressing demand) the skyrocketing emissions will barely notice.

    •  That´s why (0+ / 0-)

      the Kevin Anderson talk, referenced above, says a "planned economic recession" is needed to make any significant dent in the emissions trajectory.

      I wish this assessment would get wider play. People will need to come to terms with that. And especially, leaders will have to think about how such a thing can be done.

      The 08´09 recession - the "Great Recession" burned in everyone´s memories -  just halved the growth rate for a year or two. Not more - not even a zeroing. That gives a taste for the scope of what´s required.

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