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U.S. Reduces Carbon Dioxide Emissions Without Socialism

by Lewis Loflin

Science and technology are helping the environment.

U.S. CO2 Levels Drop Again in 2018. Ref. www.investors.com 7-12-2018.

After imposing crushing regulations "European output of CO2 rose 1.5%, while U.S. output fell 0.5% in 2017."

To quote,

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest energy report notes that, from 2005 to 2017, U.S. energy related emissions of carbon dioxide plunged by 861 million metric tons, a 14% drop. It's both a result of the decline due to the Great Recession and the fracking revolution. The EIA forecast expects a slight uptick over the next two years in the U.S. as the economy continues its Trump boom. But it will still be way below where it was 13 years ago.

That comes down to 57.4 million tons per year double that arising from all human sources in the 1990s.

Communist cesspools such as China, India, Latin America, etc. have seen an explosion of CO2 emissions and pollution. As I've said on this website many times it's technology and freedom will protect the environment. To quote,

"In the U.S., the data are clear and utterly convincing: In 1949, it took 1,098 metric tons of CO2 emissions to produce $1 million in GDP in the U.S., after adjusting for inflation. Today, it takes just 301 metric tons to produce that same million dollars, after inflation - a 73% gain in carbon-efficiency."

Democrats More Positive About Socialism Than Capitalism

AUGUST 13, 2018

47% of Democrats view capitalism positively, down from 56% in 2016
57% of Democrats now view socialism positively, little changed from 2010
Republicans very positive about capitalism; 16% positive on socialism

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time in Gallup's measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism. Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year -- lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010...

The current survey is the fourth time Gallup has measured Americans' overall views of capitalism and socialism in this format. The question wording does not define "socialism" or "capitalism" but simply asks respondents whether their opinion of each is positive or negative.