C02 Reduction: the Good, the Bad, the Boneheaded
The chart compares C02 reduction for three major industrialized countries over ten years. Only one country's C02 levels plummet. Yes, it's the much-maligned U.S.A. Ironically, two countries that have done much of the talking about transitioning to renewable energy -- Japan, with its post-Fukushima expunge of nuclear energy and Germany with its Energiewende (literally "energy turn" -- or turn away, supposedly, from "dirty" nuclear and dirty fossil fuels) coast along for ten years with very little change.
In fact the boneheaded award should surely go to Germany: After Fukushima and increased pressure from sectors of the German public, Angela Merkel declared she was shuttering the country's nuclear plants, only to find out that to keep the country running the grid had to be bolstered with piles of new C02-dense coal imported from France.