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  •  is one allowed to wonder what difference it makes (1+ / 0-)
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    what the President or the EPA does, given the large decrease in U.S. CO2 emissions recently?

    Is one allowed to wonder if more regulation will strangle any recovery in it's crib?

    Is one allowed to wonder if "Hope" had much more relevance then "Change"?

    •  The "large decrease" is of course (0+ / 0-)

      entirely due to the Great Recession" and fracking.

      As far as fracking goes, it is thought to be even worse for global climate change because of "leaking" methane, which is 20-fold more potent of the green house gas than carbon dioxide (in fact, there was a recent diary here at DailyKos about very high methane levels).

      •  Another "large decrease" is all of the businesses (1+ / 0-)
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        that have moved to offshore production over the last 15 years.

        It's no accident that China is now the world's biggest GHG polluter.  

        I am also surprised that no one is talking about their potential monopoly on the world pork market as well given their recent acquisition of Smithfield (the largest US pork integrator/producer).  China already produces more pork than all other countries combined;  so, allowing them to acquire Smithfield seems pretty shortsighted.

        From the CDC's report on the environmental health effects related to CAFO's:

        "Annually, it is estimated that livestock animals in the U.S. produce each year somewhere between 3 and 20 times more manure than people in the U.S. produce, or as much as 1.2–1.37 billion tons of waste (EPA, 2005). Though sewage treatment plants are required for human waste, no such treatment facility exists for livestock waste."

        We know that livestock production is one of the most significant water and GHG polluters.

        •  That's why we need the (0+ / 0-)


          (just had that handy from a different thread, it's not actually going to solve this!).

          In fact, having China corner the pork market isn't that big of a deal for me - if the whole thing just disappeared in fact, the planet would be a better place from several perspectives.

          And about heavy industry moving to China - yeah that is a long term trend that has ameliorated our (and Europe's) emissions.  Not sure about the global implications, however.

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