TimG Posted January 2, 2014 Report Share Posted January 2, 2014 (edited) 2. If you want to continue to use the analogy perhaps you can explain why Canada is akin to a 200 lb man and the EU or the Scandanavian countries are 90 lb women.Canada are the roughnecks that work on oil rigs in -20. Europeans are the office workers. Both jobs are necessary. Both contribute to the shared economy but the roughneck needs more food intake to sustain the lifestyle required for the job. The office workers have no business telling the roughnecks to eat less since the office workers depend on the heat and transport made possible by the roughnecks. These are obviously generalizations but should illustrate why trade specialization among countries will mean that some countries have to have a higher per capita emissions in order to sustain the same standard if living. The factors that determine the necessary per capita emissions level for a given level of economic development are: 1) The nature of the economy (i.e. energy intensive or energy production industry). 2) The geography (i.e. is hydro power available, is nuclear politically acceptable, are heating/air conditioning required). 3) The population density (i.e. how practical is mass transit). Now I am not saying that I know Canada's level should be X - just that whatever level it should be it is going to be a lot higher than European countries. Edited January 2, 2014 by TimG Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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