Reference S.F.Hayward, fellow at American Enterprise Institute author of "Index of Leading Environmental Indicators."
Just a few facts to get you thinking:
1-In 2006 the U.S. emitted 5.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, just under 20 tons per capita.
2-Obama and most environmentalists want to decrease emissions by 80% by 2050.
McCain wants to decrease emission by 65% by 2050.
President Bush has a goal of stopping growth by 2050.
3-There are four main areas of energy use: residential, commercial (retail and office bldgs)
industrial and transportation--measured by electricity consumption apportioned to each.
4-American residential emissions are 1.2 billion or 20% higher than the total resulting from the 80% reduction goal of Obama. Don't forget this does not factor in the increase in our population which is projected to total 420 million by then or 40 million households.
5-Average usage per household now is 10,500 kwh emitting 11.4 tons per year. To reach the magic number we would have to use no more than 1.5 tons per year or about 2500 kwh. Apparently this is enough to keep an electric water heater going. Now add lights, TVs, radios, computers and other appliances. Get the picture?
6-NOW ADD IN THE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND TRANSPORTATION USAGE AND
NEEDS EVEN WITH ALL THE POTENTIAL SAVINGS METHODS.....................
It just doesn't add up, does it? Do you want to go back to 1910 when there were 92 million citizens? Good grief, Charlie Brown! Let's get some practical thinkers involved!
See ya tomorrow and give a little prayer of thanks for a weakened Gustav--and pray that the hurricanes coming down the pike will lose their punch as well.