"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Aussie CO2 is a drop in the bucket

Doing the email rounds is a summary of China today which puts in perspective the futility of Australia's carbon tax in the global picture. We are damaging our economy for no appreciable effect.
China today…
Some cold, hard facts on China
China has 19% of the world’s population, but consumes
53% of the world’s cement
48% of the world’s iron ore
47% of the world’s coal
…and the majority of just about every other major commodity.
In 2010, China produced 11 times more steel than the United States .
A New World Record: China made and sold 18 million vehicles in 2010.
There are more pigs in China than in the next 43 ‘pork producing’ nations combined.
China currently has the world’s fastest train and the world’s largest high-speed rail network.
China is currently the number one producer in the world of wind and solar power.
But don’t use it themselves. While they manufacture 80% of the world’s solar panels,
they install less than 5% and, build a new coal fired power station every week.
In one year they turn on more new coal powered electricity than Australia’s total output.
China currently controls more than 90% of the total global supply of rare earth elements.
In the past 15 years, China has moved from 14th place to 2nd place in the world in published scientific research articles.
China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the entire globe.
At the end of March 2011, China accumulated US$3.04 trillion in foreign currency reserves
- the largest stockpile on the entire globe.
The Chinese consume 50,000 cigarettes every second…
They are already the largest carbon dioxide emitter and their output will rise 70% by 2020
So we’re saving the planet, aren’t we good LITTLE vegemites?

H/T Tommo

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