United States’ giant share of the global Climate Contributions (climate debt)

United States’ giant share of the global Climate Contributions (climate debt)

United States was the 7th worst performing country out of 145 in ClimatePositions 2010 (see the menu Contributions/ Per Capita US$ Rank). What make United States the major climate problem on a global scale however, is the country’s size, wealth and failed performance.

The diagram shows United States global share of: 1) Population (4.6%), 2) GDP+ (21.6%), 3) CO2 emissions 2006-2010 (19.7%) and 4) Climate Contributions (42.5%). Or to put it bluntly: United States 4.6% the world Population must pay 42.5% of the global costs of climate change in a world more fairly than the present. The total United States Contribution (debt) was 1,203 billion US$ in 2010 (accumulated since 2000). One can guess why United States rejects to participate in a binding climate agreement!

The main reason for the United States’ failure performance since 2000 is the continuous high level of CO2 Emissions (carbon dioxide). In 1990-1999 the average annual CO2 Emission per capita was 20.1 tons and in 2000-2010 the figure was 19.7 tons.

Note that the CO2 Emissions under president Barack Obamas have dropped to 17.8 tons per capita (average of 2009-2011).

Source on CO2 emissions: EIA, U.S. Energy Information Administration (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Information on national GDP(ppp-$) per capita is from Worldbank (links in the menu “Calculations”). Read about GDP+ in the submenu “Indicators”. 
Data on national and global populations are from the EIA, U.S. Energy Information Administration (links in the menu “Calculations”).

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