Source: Earth Policy Institute.
Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the burning of fossil fuels stood at a record 8.38 gigatons of carbon (GtC) in 2006, 20 percent above the level in 2000. Emissions grew 3.1 percent a year between 2000 and 2006, more than twice the rate of growth during the 1990s. Carbon dioxide emissions have been growing steadily for 200 years, since fossil fuel burning began on a large scale at the start of the Industrial Revolution. But the growth in emissions is now accelerating despite unambiguous evidence that carbon dioxide is warming the planet and disrupting ecosystems around the globe.We are not going to be cutting CO2 expenditures anytime soon. And it's folly to think we could ever cut them by 80% by 2050, as some governors and governments are pointing towards. It's just an arbitrary goal picked out of thin air -- they don't have any idea how to reach it, I'm sure.