Thursday, August 29, 2002

We Want Our Fair Share!
As I mentioned previously, US Congresswhiner Dennis Kucinich is spicing up the Earth Summit by trotting out the old saw that:
"More than 70 nations have signed on (to the Kyoto treaty), and it's imperative that our nation, which has 25 percent of the energy consumption and only five percent of the population, participate in this," said Ohio's Dennis Kucinich.
Here's a clue Dennis. Taking national GDP figures from the IMF, it looks like the total of national GDP's for every country in the world in 2001 for which info is available was $32.939 billion. The US GDP for 2001 was $10.391 billion. The net is that the US produced 32% of the world's goods and services. In 1999, the last year for which complete country information was available, the US fraction was 30%. If we're really doing this with only 25 percent of the world's energy consumption, I'd say we aren't getting our fair share!