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Exporting emissions

The US must ensure that cuts in its carbon emissions are not countered by rises elsewhere

By Paul Bledsoe   April 2014

Travelling through the smog in China: Obama must work with developing countries to cut carbon emissions ©ImagineChina/Rex

President Obama loves to note that under his leadership the US has cut greenhouse gases emissions to their lowest level in 20 years. He also likes to brag that oil and gas have reached 30 year highs since he took office. How is this possible?

The short answers: energy efficiency, a switch from coal to cleaner natural gas, relicensing of nuclear plants, subsidies for renewable energy, high global oil prices and amazing new drilling technologies.

Yet…

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