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Monday, January 09, 2006

the dirty duo...

According to the ABC's 7.30 Report (tonight):

The U.S., whilst having only 4.6% of the world's population, produces 25% of the world's carbon emissions.

Australia produces more carbon dioxide emissions per capita than any other nation on earth.

We make such a lovely couple...

9 Comments:

Blogger the urban fox said...

Ooh, ooh - can Britain be bridesmaid?

January 10, 2006 9:28 AM  
Blogger BigBob said...

Well, you didn't think our strident opposition to Kyoto was based on our cleanliness.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world gets to fry for our joint crimes.

January 10, 2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger Davo said...

Yeshua the Nazirene would be disgusted.

January 10, 2006 7:58 PM  
Blogger Link said...

And I heard on the radio this morning that Japan has 78% of the world's incinerators, as incineration is their preferred method of garbage disposal. Noice.

January 10, 2006 8:49 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I wish I knew how to respond you all of your comments, but I don't. I do thank you for commenting though.

Oh, there is one thing... BigBob!!! Good to see you around here again!

January 12, 2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Davo said...

Just wait until the Chinese get off their bicycles, embrace "capitalism", and start buying motor vehicles .. coff ..coff.

January 12, 2006 6:10 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

And the Indians.

January 12, 2006 8:25 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

I don't know what the black smoke is that belches from the mower I drive, but I'm guessing it's responsible for about half the air pollution over mainland Australia. Terribly sorry, world citizens.

January 12, 2006 10:12 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Some commenters here seem to be more interested in shifting our gaze away from what we are doing. I think that's deflection.

Japan? Japan is busting its gut (compared to us) to clean up it's act. They didn't just host Kyoto, they signed up for it!

China? India? Yeah, right! Are you aware that a lot of their pollution is because we, in tightening up our environmental laws in order to clean up our rivers and skies, have made it cheaper and easier for GlobalCorp to shift their dirty operations to these countries rather than trying to find cleaner (and more expensive) ways of doing it back home? First we take the NIMBY posture, then we bitch about where the filth we've evicted has gone to. We go for the cheaper products, then we bitch about GlobalCorp moving to places where it's cheaper (often because the process is dirtier) to produce the cheaper products we demand.

Don't blame India or China, guys. Blame globalised consumerism. In other words, to a large extent, we are to blame. And anyway, how can we scold those countries when we so blatantly sidestep our own environmental obligations? Do you really think they wouldn't fall about chortling at our breathtaking hypocrisy?

No, I don't think we'd be allowed to get away with such attempts at disingenuous deflection. Nor should we.

January 14, 2006 9:22 AM  

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