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Coal is essential… | July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013 4:00 AM
Green Dreams in America, Coal in Africa
Obama aims to decrease “carbon pollution” in the U.S., but the dark continent needs coal. By Robert Bryce

Between 2002 and 2012, global carbon dioxide emissions rose by 8.4 billion tons. Over that time frame, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions (5.8 billion tons last year) could have gone to zero and yet global carbon dioxide emissions still would have increased. In fact, over that same period, carbon dioxide emissions from Asia alone grew by nearly 7.4 billion tons. Thus, as the latest BP data shows, just the increase in Asia’s carbon dioxide emissions exceeds the total emissions from both North America (6.9 billion tons in 2012) and Europe (7 billion tons).Global carbon dioxide emissions will continue rising rapidly because the world needs energy. Projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that by 2035, global energy use will rise by about 50 percent, to some 370 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.


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I'm the executive vice president for a steel casting trade association, the Steel Founders' Society of America. I've got a crazy wife, five crazy children, three crazy people that married into the family, and two crazy fun little grandsons.







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