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Pete (waterfell) got this part right: The atmosphere only responds to the amount of CO2 floating around

And when you look at historical emissions by country to see who is responsible for the biggest share of the human-emitted CO2 up there, guess who dominates? Hint: it's not China.

* the United States has emitted more CO2 than any other country to date: at around 400 billion tonnes since 1751, it is responsible for 25% of historical emissions;

* this is twice more than China – the world’s second largest national contributor;

* the 28 countries of the European Union (EU-28) – which are grouped together here as they typically negotiate and set targets on a collaborative basis – is also a large historical contributor at 22%;

What can you expect of other countries when the richest country on Earth, and the one with the most cumulative carbon pollution dumped in the air, elects a denier on the issue who takes us out of the Paris agreement we'd negotiated and who took every measure he could to stop the progress that Obama unleashed (mostly unsuccessfully, thank goodness as the writing was on the wall about coal).

There can be no progress on the issue without the US leading the way. We'll get another chance to take the helm, to lead the world, in the next 4 years. Hopefully the following President won't be another anti-science denier to reverse course once again.
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