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One Way to Lower Carbon Emissions: Send Them Abroad

Associated Press : “As the Obama administration makes headway at home in the fight against global warming, it has helped stoke record exports of fossil fuels that are contributing to rising levels of pollution elsewhere.”  

“U.S. exports of diesel and gasoline have doubled since President Barack Obama took office, and the carbon embedded in them has [helped] meet political goals by taking it off America’s pollution balance sheet.”  

“U.S. exports of gasoline and diesel more than made up for the savings at home in pollution abroad, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Those exports released roughly 1 billion tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere elsewhere during the same period.”  

“There is no clear accounting of what America’s growth as a fossil-fuel powerhouse is doing to the global-warming picture. U.S. projects that increase energy exports could be considered, such as huge terminals planned for the West Coast to send more coal abroad for power plants. Trade agreements could factor in the implications of energy trade on global warming. But no trade pacts negotiated by the White House mention it.”

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