“The US contains 4% of the world’s population but produces about 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions.” Well, that’s one way of looking at things. Swedish PhD student Tino Sanandaji presents some alternative calculations:

America has only some 4.5% of world population but almost 40% of world spending on R & D, 50% of world industrial patents and over 60% of scientific Nobel prizes every year.

Hit the link for further interesting numbers. Still, even the lone global superpower sometimes needs some help from its friends.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/06/2005 at 10:58 AM
  1. [tilts head]I’m sorry the US is so greedy and steals all these patents and prizes.[/tilt]

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 07 06 at 12:05 PM • permalink

  2. How can we possibly be tops in science when you’ve got Tim Lambert?

    Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2005 07 06 at 12:28 PM • permalink

  3. Here’s some more information about our friend CO2:

    “About 95 percent of the greenhouse effect — the atmospheric warming due to the trapping of solar energy that makes life possible on Earth — is due to water vapor, 99.999 percent of which is of natural origin.

    “The other 5 percent of the greenhouse effect is due to carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other miscellaneous gases.

    “Although carbon dioxide is the most dominant of these gases by volume, comprising about 99.4 percent, the other gases trap more heat. So the contribution of carbon dioxide to the 5 percent of the greenhouse effect not due to water vapor is much less than 99.4 percent — it’s about 72 percent.

    “Carbon dioxide, therefore, is responsible for roughly 3.6 percent of the greenhouse effect (5 percent, representing the percentage of the greenhouse effect not due to water vapor, multiplied by 72 percent, representing the percentage of that 5 percent due to carbon dioxide).

    “But carbon dioxide is produced both naturally and by humans. About 97 percent of atmospheric carbon dioxide is natural, in fact. Only about 3 percent is from human activity.

    “That means that only about 0.11 percent of the greenhouse effect (that is, 3 percent of 3.6 percent) is due to human releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

    “Put another way, about 99.89 percent of the greenhouse effect has nothing to do with carbon-dioxide emissions from human activity.

    “Factoring in the other greenhouse gases, the total human contribution to the greenhouse effect is about 0.3 percent. In other words, about 99.7 percent of the greenhouse effect is due entirely to nature.”

    Posted by Lawrence on 2005 07 06 at 12:45 PM • permalink

  4. Stand by for pro-Kyoto, anti-American screeds to be dropped here, folks.  Posts like this are just flames to the moth.  Well, yeah, that’s a poor metaphor, but one can always hope…........

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 07 06 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  5. How about, “like flames to a twelve-year-old boy who ate a can of beans for lunch”? Because all those posts will generate are noise, stench, and heat.

    Posted by Rob Crawford on 2005 07 06 at 01:48 PM • permalink

  6. And we do it all while only emitting 25% percent of the world’s man-made carbon dioxide! We’re pretty damned efficient if you ask me.

    Posted by c. austin on 2005 07 06 at 05:00 PM • permalink

  7. I recall reading somewhere that the US productivity is 25% of the worlds. Puts the 25% of carbon emmsiions in a different light.

    Posted by davod on 2005 07 06 at 07:58 PM • permalink

  8. 5. Noise and stench is ok in NZ. The farmers beat back an emmision levy for the gas produced by animals.

    Posted by davod on 2005 07 06 at 07:59 PM • permalink

  9. It’s about time someone said it!

    Posted by Brian on 2005 07 06 at 11:42 PM • permalink

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