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2017 total emissions country rank

                         Per Year         Per year 
Ordinal   COUNTRY        Total CO2        Per Capita CO2
Based on                 Emissions        Emissions
Total                    metric tons      metric tons

1         China          37,077             4.9

2         United States  10,877             7.7

3         India           2,454             1.8

4         Russia          1,733            12.3

5         Japan           1,321            10.4

6         Germany          797              9.7

7         South Korea      673             13.2

8         Iran             671              8.3

9         Saudi Arabia     639              9.4

10        Canada           617             16.9

Take a look at the above (world's heaviest producers of CO2 emission) and it will become clear that
the total produced is largely a function of a combination of industrialization and population (to the
extent that non-industrialized nations with large populations, such as Egypt and Indonesia did not
make the cut).

It is also clear why the metrics make it easy for the US to point a finger at China, which produced
over 3 times what the US did.  What is also apparent is that, on a per capita basis, the US produces 
1.5X what China does - and four times that of India.  In fact, on a per capita basis, India is the 
lowest and China the second lowest of the top 10.  They can legitimately say that, on average, their
population is doing a much better job than ours in holding down CO2 emission.  And hooray - we are number three of the top ten on a per capita basis - and yes, France is better than than both the US
and Germany at 5.2 per capita.

And then there's Canada - low population, but the worst of the bunch on a per person basis.

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