There Is No Free Trade: Cargo Shippers Emit Twice The C02 Of Airlines, Yet Go Completely Unregulated

Via The Guardian " annual emissions from shipping range between 600 and 800m tonnes of carbon dioxide, or up to 5% of the global total. This is nearly double Britain's total emissions and more than all African countries combined Carbon dioxide emissions from ships do not come under the Kyoto agreement or any proposed European legislation and few studies have been made of them, even though they are set to increase." Also reported in the Guardian article: maritime shipping emissions are double those of airlines. The solution? When you have a choice, buy local; buy home-sourced. It's good for climate, good for employment, and has the same populist appeal that ethanol fuel does. And, the next time an elected official talks about "fast tracking" free trade, or the "Doha Round" keep in mind he's blowing smoke...he same smoke that lobbyists blow when they urge the use of taxpayer's money to develop "clean coal" technology with no certainty of carbon sequestration. There is no "free trade" when the future of life on earth is threatened at this scale.

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