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    Government projects almost 20 percent rise in U.S. emissions



    Government projects almost 20 percent rise in U.S. emissions between 2000 and 2020



    By: JOHN HEILPRIN - Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON -- By 2020, the United States will emit almost one-fifth more gases that lead to global warming than it did in 2000, increasing the risks of drought and scarce water supplies.

    That projection comes from an internal draft report from the Bush administration that is more than a year overdue at the United Nations. The Associated Press obtained a copy Saturday.

    The United States already is responsible for roughly one-quarter of the world's carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases that scientists blame for global warming.


    The draft report, which is still being completed, projects that the current administration's climate policy would result in the emission of 9.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases in 2020, a 19 percent increase from 7.7 billion tons in 2000.

    Doing more than slowing the growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions, which remains the administration's stated goal, will be decided "as the science justifies," according to the draft report. The biggest source of the gases is the burning of fossil fuels, chiefly oil, coal and natural gas.

    But an authoritative U.N. report last month from hundreds of scientists and government officials said global warming is "very likely" caused by mankind and that climate change will continue for centuries even if heat-trapping gases are reduced. That report was approved by 113 nations including the United States.

    It was the strongest language ever used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose last report came in 2001.

    Despite the dire outlook, most scientists say huge sea level rises and the most catastrophic storms and droughts may be avoided if strong action is taken soon.

    "We're on a path to exceeding levels of global warming that will cause catastrophic consequences, and we really need to be seriously reducing emissions, not just reducing the growth rate as the president is doing," Michael MacCracken, chief scientist at the nonpartisan Climate Institute in Washington, said Saturday. Until 2001, he coordinated the government's studies of the consequences of global warming,

    The administration's internal draft covers inventories of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, projected environmental consequences and policies to limit emissions and risk. The New York Times reported on the draft in Saturday's editions.

    The White House Council on Environmental Quality has been coordinating the draft report. A spokeswoman, Kristen Hellmer, said it "will show that the president's portfolio of actions and his financial commitment to addressing climate change are working. And the president is always looking at ways to address our energy security and environmental needs."

    Hellmer blamed the delay in completing the fourth U.S. Climate Action Report on the "extensive interagency review process" the draft must go through. The report, which was due no later than Jan. 1, 2006, is required under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    Among the consequences of a warming world anticipated in the report is "a distinct reduction in spring snowpack in the northwestern United States," which supplies much of the water in that region, the report says.

    Warmer temperatures expected from more greenhouse gases would only "exacerbate present drought risks in the United States by increasing the rate of evaporation," it says.

    Rick Piltz, director of Climate Science Watch, a nonprofit watchdog program, said Saturday he expects the final report will evade a full discussion of how global warming might affect the nation.

    "I think it is very likely that the main reason the report has been held up for more than a year beyond the deadline is because the administration is reluctant to make an honest statement about likely climate change impacts on this country," said Piltz, a former senior associate with the federal Climate Change Science Program.

    The U.S. spends $3 billion a year to research technologies to cut global warming and $2 billion on climate research. Bush has formed a partnership with Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea -- producers of half the world's greenhouse gases -- to attract private money for cleaner energy technologies. He envisions using more hydrogen-powered vehicles, electricity from renewable energy sources and clean coal technology.

    Shortly after taking office, Bush rejected the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a U.N. treaty that requires industrial nations to cut global warming gases by 2012 by an average 5 percent below 1990 levels.

    He argued that cutting the U.S. share to below 6 billion tons a year, as the treaty would have required, would have cost 5 million U.S. jobs. He objected, too, that such high-polluting developing nations as China and India are not required to reduce emissions.

    On the Net:

    U.S. Climate Change Science Program: http://www.climatescience.gov/default.htm

    Climate Science Watch: http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/

    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/03 ... 3_3_07.txt


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    Skip wrote on March 03, 2007 10:52 PM:"How much money and studies did it take for them to figure this out? Of course our U.S. emissions will rise. That is a no brainer. Our nation population just passed 300 Million, and by the year 2020 we will be very close to 400 million people at the rate we are going. DUH Open Borders Anyone? Even with new technology our population will grow by almost 33%. We had better learn how to make fresh water from the ocean, and create more electricity and gasoline very soon, or we will be no better then any other third world country the Illegal Immigrants are trying to escape from."

    (Skip) OVERPOPULATION AND IMMIGRATION wrote on March 04, 2007 1:21 AM:"The United States is the world's third-most populous country, after China (1.3 billion people) and India (1.1 billion). The nation's population has nearly doubled since 1950, and the count passed 300 million last October, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2050, the figure is projected to top 419 million. As the U.S. population increases, the link between population and the country's environmental capacity its water supply, farmland, fisheries and other natural resources is getting more attention from groups that aren't among the marquee names in environmentalism. The scientific data pretty much across the board shows that we in the U.S. are reaching many of the nation's ecological limits, one by one, and that many (limits) are linked to population trends. "

    U.S. POPClock Projection wrote on March 04, 2007 4:50 AM:"Net gain of one person every ..................... 12 seconds. "

    LKF wrote on March 04, 2007 7:50 AM:"The first few words of any article that suggests global warming is casued by mankind merely relects the writers bias. Therfore the article attempts to pursuade the reader into believing a lie. What ever happened to honest reporting? The facts: Global Warming/Global Cooling are natural forces primarily caused by the Sun. History shows that people really do act like Chicken Little and people like algore are there to profit from it."



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    Government projects almost 20 percent rise in U.S. emissions between 2000 and 2020
    I believe that is a 50-50 split, coming from Clinton and Obama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neese
    Government projects almost 20 percent rise in U.S. emissions between 2000 and 2020
    I believe that is a 50-50 split, coming from Clinton and Obama.
    Why shouldn't we have a 20 percent rise in emissions, seeing as we have acquired that much of a rise in our population or more from our noted neighbor Mexico!
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