Sep 14 2009
One of the most intriguing things about scientific ‘band wagons’, where fads pop up and money flows, is the feedback that occurs challenging the band wagon itself once the new army of studies kick off and start producing results.
One such endeavor that came out of the Global Warming mythology was a space mission to measure the green house gas emissions, so that there would be no doubt who the biggest polluters are. In fact, on of the biggest unsubstantiated claims out right now is that America is the largest, per capita, greenhouse gas polluter in the world. This is all based on models and analyses trying to prove preconceptions. But I am certain that the people behind the new space mission were confident that their instruments would show America a hot spot of green house gases.
They were wrong! Let me borrow from WUWT and their post on the matter:
GOSAT Worldwide Methane – Methane (column averaged dry air mole fraction) initial analysis (April 20-28 observation data)- click for larger image Source: JAXA
GOSAT Worldwide CO2 – Carbon dioxide (column averaged dry air mole fraction) initial analysis (April 20-28 observation data) – click for larger image Source: JAXA
For a complete description of how GOSAT works, please read their summary here (PDF)
It is surprising GOSAT decided to release this preliminary data, which destroys the myth America is the culprit in green house gas production (though CO2 is NOT a pollutant – despite the Chicken Littles in Congress and the UN IPCC). It is clear that America is at the lower end of methane and CO2 production. Topping the list (not surprisingly) is China and India. Also not surprising is the Arabian and Mideast states (lots of gas and oil production). Africa was a surprise.
We Americans have very small carbon footprints. Which means there is NO REASON to try and curtail our CO2 production, given how much the rest of the world is producing in comparison.
The results may change a bit as more data comes out – but I doubt it. No one would risk their reputations on putting out this kind of controversial results (don’t look to America to solve the excess CO2 problems, not their fault) if this was not going to be the basic picture. This data is from April. We know they have been looking at the data collected since then and up to today. I don’t think there will be huge changes in the general results.
This mission to finally prove who the culprits are in the global warming mythology has just turned the entire issue on its head. It seems the Americas are quite environmentally friendly. Between this data and the fact there has been no warming of the Earth for over a decades, we here in the US of A can safely conclude we don’t need a climate tax on energy!