Every day we hear about how those producing the goods we use to make our First World lives better are killing our world as they drill, till, pump, create and innovate all those wonderful things we love.
As we always say at Consume This, there’s lots of room for improvement, and we aren’t letting the 20 to 30 percent of emissions (depending on how the numbers are run) generated by the core Canadian industries… off the hook. Those emissions matter too.
But unfortunately, nobody is putting the 70 to 80 percent of emissions generated by consumers of those goods… on the hook. Consume This is here to do that! Because as we like to remind everyone, there’s no climate policy without focusing on consumption… worldwide consumption.
Let’s take a look at a barrel of oil for example. The following chart shows you the emissions intensity for the various grades of crude oil produced around the world. Somewhat surprising, but not really the point of this blog, is that Canada’s oil sands compare much better to other producing regions than most would expect considering how many special interest groups have done their best to demean and destroy the reputation of Canadian energy. The massive investments the industry has put into improving its environmental performance appears to be paying off. Investments that are ongoing and unprecedented around the world.
However, let’s get to the real point of today’s blog. Pay attention to the orange portion of the bars below for each type of oil produced in the world. It’s your and everyone around the world’s consumption… the end users of the product that accounts for between 70 and 80 percent of the emissions.
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