George W. Bush Reduced CO2 By 21%: Will Warmists Embrace Him Now?

by William Teach | April 3, 2011 8:58 am

Well, obviously the answer to the question is “no,” since this Grist article[1] by Clark Williams-Derry never even names him once

Great Scott, how did I miss this? Late last month, the EPA released a draft greenhouse gas inventory, showing that net climate warming emissions from the U.S. fell by a whopping 15 percent from 2000 through 2009[2] [PDF].

A 15 percent decline? Wow. Just wow.

But the story gets even more dramatic. Over the same period, the U.S. population grew by about 9 percent. Combining the two trends, net per capita greenhouse-gas emissions fell by 21 percent over the decade. And most of that reduction occurred prior to 2007 — when the economy hadn’t yet slumped, and before energy prices hit the roof.

In case it’s not clear, these reductions made a huge difference. If we’d kept going at 2000’s per capita levels, the nation would have released about 1.5 billion additional tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2009. To give you a sense of the scale, 1.5 billion tons of CO2 is …

Who was the president during most of that time period? George W. Bush. And he did this without installing an economy killing cap and trade system. Bush must be a God to the Warmists for doing this, right?

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