In his State of Union speech, President Obama urged Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to Climate Change. Unfortunately, the term "market-based solution" continues to be just defined as a carbon tax. Environmental Interests must demand that "Policy Wonks" do better, rather than creating a flashpoint between Red-State versus Blue-State political ideology.
This week, the U.S. DOE's Energy Information Agency (EIA) released its latest data on U.S. energy related carbon dioxide emissions by State. The below two charts reflect the 8 highest CO2 emission States (red bars) and their percentage (44%) of total U.S. emissions -- where one-half of the Top 8 States are the heart of U.S. Manufacturing (IL, IN, PA, OH) which continues to struggle against the un-level playing field of international trade (especially with China).
The next chart illustrates the global C02 consequences of international trade where the flow of CO2 emissions are allocated to the location that goods and services are consumed -- where clearly, "the elephant in the room" is Chinese imports to the U.S.