To The Daily Sun,
Steve Earle recently claimed that if the "fanatical global warming gang really wants to stop pollution, head off to China, Russia, India where the greatest carbon footprint and world pollution comes from." Considering that Steve is both an biological evolution denier and a climate change science denier, it is no surprise Steve can't keep up with science and pulls his facts out of the end of his alimentary canal.
China is the only country that emits more greenhouse gases than the USA. The EU is third, India is fourth, and Russia is fifth. Steve is clearly ignorant of the fact that the U.S. puts more carbon in the air than both Russia and India combined and also more than all 28 nations in the EU combined. Steve misses! Strike one! See http://www.ecowatch.com/top-10-greenhouse-gas-emitters-find-out-which-countries-are-most-respo-1882054580.html
About India: "According to a draft of the country's 10-year energy blueprint, the Indian government expects that 57 percent of the country's total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027 ... The draft also noted that no new coal-fired power plants would be needed to meet India's electricity demands through 2027." According to Tim Buckley, a director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, "India is moving beyond fossil fuels at a pace scarcely imagined only two years ago." He also characterized the forecast as "absolutely transformational." Not even close, Steve! Strike two!
China isn't messing around, either. In 2015, its energy capacity from solar and wind increased 74 percent and 34 percent respectively. Coal consumption dropped about 4 percent. Like India, China is proceeding faster than the Paris accord requires. Tim Buckley (mentioned above) also said of China, "The latest figures confirm China's record-breaking shift toward renewable power and away from coal." And Coal imports dropped 30.4 percent. Stirrrrike three! Yer out, loser!
Russia hasn't ratified the climate agreement yet. While most senior officials and federal ministries in Russia support the Paris accord, Russia's steel and coal corporations are pushing back (golly, what a surprise!). Russia is not nearly as modern as India, China, or the EU in many ways and will find the transition to renewables more difficult. Get an education, Steve.
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