Friday, April 20, 2012

Mexico passes climate-change law : Nature News

Mexico, the world's 11th largest CO2 emitter, legally committed to emissions reductions yesterday:

The limits are rather severe: a mandate to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50% below 2000 levels by 2050.

It also requires "that 35% of the country's energy should come from renewable sources by 2024, and requires mandatory emissions reporting by the country's largest polluters."

The bill passed Mexico's lower house by 128-10, and passed unanimously in their Senate.

According to the 2011 IEA report CO2 Emissions from Fuel Consumption, here are the comparisons for 2009:

per capita emissions (t CO2/yr):
World: 4.3
USA: 16.9
Mexico: 3.7

emissions per GDP (PPP basis) (t CO2/$1000):
World: 0.45
USA: 0.46
Mexico: 0.36

Total emissions as percent of world total (2009: 28,999.4 Mt CO2):
USA: 18%
Mexico: 1.4%

Energy supplied per capita:
World: 2.4 kW
USA: 9.3 kW
Mexico: 2.2 kW

Note: this only counts emissions from fuel consumption, not land use changes. And only CO2, not the other GHGs.

So Mexico is making a pretty big commitment, given their already-low per capita emissions.... In essence, the skinny people are dieting to reduce the world's obesity.


charlesH said...

Mexico is just planning to claim $$$ from the proposed UN "climate fund".

It's just world socialism being pushed by the UN.

It is dead before it even starts.

Dano said...

It's just world socialism being pushed by the UN.

Ginder twinny-WON! GLOBUL KINSPEERCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111ONE!

Compelling, surely.



David Appell said...

Charles: What "UN climate fund?"

charlesH said...

"The upcoming United Nations environmental conference on sustainable development will consider a breathtaking array of carbon taxes, transfers of trillions of dollars from wealthy countries to poor ones, and new spending programs to guarantee that populations around the world are protected from the effects of the very programs the world organization wants to implement, according to stunning U.N. documents examined by Fox News."

Read more:

Brian said...

There's a conference where aid to poorer countries will be discussed. I think this law goes a lot further than that, and Mexico will not be first on the list of poorest countries.

Sadly, No, foreign aid isn't the reason the law was passed. It passed because they're not in denial about science.

susan said...

Wishful thinking joins blame the victims:

Promised amounts are very small and in no way compensate for damages done, if any of the millions actually reach the people they are meant to compensate.