Report: carbon emissions lowest in 20 years!

August 17, 2012 - By admin

Aug. 17, 2012

Katy Grimes: Apparently the big news that the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 20 years, hasn’t yet reached the desk of Mary Nichols, the director of the California Air Resources Board.

Nichols is frantically moving ahead with cap-and-trade auctions at breakneck speed, despite that this will create needless, excessive costs for the state’s employers, and seriously prevent businesses from grow. The uncertainty the CARB is causing among employers in the state has dramatically impacted the state’s economy.

“What most people don’t know is that CARB is asking employers to pay for far more emission credits than are needed to reach our goals,” Gino DiCaro with the California Manufacturers Association wrote. “California will reach it’s 1990-level greenhouse gas emissions without the economy-debilitating cap-and-trade auction, but CARB continues to move forward.”

Scientists blindsided

“Many of the world’s leading climate scientists didn’t see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere,” Kevin Begos with the Associated Press wrote this week.

The U.S. Energy Information Agency reported August 1 that energy related U.S. CO2 emissions fell to 1992 levels.

According to Begos, the reason is cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch away from using coal. The low price of the plentiful natural gas is a result of shale gas drilling in Texas, Arkansas and Lousiana.

But the most compelling piece of information is that climate scientists didn’t see this drop coming. While they were so busy manipulating data to keep the focus on climate change and global warming alarmists, it was free market forces and not government mandates that led to the lower carbon emissions.

Take that, Mary Nichols. 

The free market still trumps anything the government can do.

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  1. Rob McMillin says:

    I know this is being used by pro-market forces as a bit of good news to dig at the Greens, but I can’t help but feel a little creeped out by it, for two reasons:

    1) It plays into their narrative of “less carbon = good”.
    2) They also get to claim their plan to shut down coal-fired electric generating plants is working, at least in part (e.g.

  2. Ulysses Uhaul says:

    You cannot smoke in a pool hall, gun range or bowling alley.

    All you “Deliverance” types are still thriving!

    Carbon reduction is your friend….

  3. CalWatchdog says:

    See. AB 32 is already working even before it’s imposed next January.

    – John Seiler

  4. stevefromsacto says:

    Just as the big news about the temperatures in our country and abroad being the highest since we began keeping records more than a century ago hasn’t reached the desks of the global warming deniers.

  5. CalWatchdog says:

    And your point is?… The earth has warmed and cooled for millions of years – with or without man. Only the most self-absorbed, self-important would believe that man is responsible for the warming and cooling that naturally takes place. But then again, it’s not about the environment – it’s really about finding another avenue to control, tax and regulate.


  6. Queeg says:

    Monday maybe TV dinners are the target….who cares….just tax them…..we need the money!

  7. NTHEOC says:

    I’m so thankful to live in a country that has gov’t oversight and regulations!! Remember the smog alerts growing up and how horrible it was, thanks to the gov’t regulations the air quality is much,much better today. That goes for entities such as cal-osha also, protecting injured workers!! The private sector big business and corporations need to be watched 24/7!!! Just look at what they try to put in your food.

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