surfingwithkites wrote:euro trash writes, "Yes, total emmissions are all the matter in the end, but looking at the average contribution per person is the only thing that makes sense."
Why do you say this?
The "solution" will not come from individual action. Individuals will act in their own best interests just like the "small states" you describe. None will contribute too much individually......Doesn't fit well with your own logic.
Don't be a dummy. Per-capita figures show how irresponsibly wasteful a nation is. Re-read Eurotrash's point about arbitary borders: If you're in the US, you are 6 times more of a problem to the planet than a single Chinaman. So you should maybe do something about it. As an individual.
As we know, in simplistic evolutionary terms, wasteful use of scarce resource generally leads to getting fat & lazy in the short term, hungry in the long, then extinction.
Only the efficient survive the long term, we've only been 'Industrialized' for a century and managed to learn lessons and, often, ignore them.
Mulholland hasn't quite got his head round that because apparently this idea called 'god' gave him fossil fuels to burn without a care in the world...
Good points from Gideonlow and Euroboy... but hey, Mulholland, feel free to rewrite history if you like...