The United States is no longer the epicenter of world carbon emissions. As predicted by many people more than a decade ago, China has now surpassed the U.S. as an emitter and China and India together generate 60 percent more carbon dioxide. If you add the European Union to America’s today, East and West are almost exactly even. So it is a world problem.
Will lowering carbon emissions in the U.S. alone solve the problem? No. Accusations that the West is historically responsible and now it is the developing nations’ turn to pollute won’t help either. What is probably needed more than anything is cooperation between East and West in developing technologies that are powerful enough to raise the living standards of the world’s underprivileged but still doesn’t add to the atmosphere’s inventories. Nuclear power anyone?