The U.S. Leads All Countries In Lowering Carbon Dioxide Emissions
One reason why leaving the Paris Accords is not a big deal: "But the second positive note in the numbers is that the U.S. continues to lead the world in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In 2015, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions fell by 145 million tons, by far the largest decline of any country in the world. In comparison, Russia was in 2nd place with a decline of 64 million tons from 2014. On the other end of the spectrum was India, which led the world with a 112 million ton increase in carbon dioxide emissions from 2014. China, which has now spent a decade as the world's leading emitter of carbon dioxide, saw a 12 million decline in emissions from 2014, its first decline in nearly 20 years. Cumulatively, growth in India and China has resulted in explosive growth in carbon dioxide emissions for the Asia Pacific region, which are quickly approaching double the total emissions of the U.S. and the European Union:"