Things WE can do to reduce CO2 emissions

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    What are the major sources of CO2 on the planet and what can we do, actively, passively or by simple choices to reduce those emissions and make it easier for our governments, at all levels, to reduce others.

    First: sources and sinks: (Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions | US EPA and Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks | US EPA

    1) Transportation. 28.5% of US emissions comes from fossil fuels powering our planes, trains and automobiles and ships and motorcycles and trucks and everything else with an ICE that rolls.

    2) Electricity Production. 28.4% of 2016 US emissions came from our power plants. Approximately 68% of our electrical energy is generated by coal, natural gas and other fossil fuels

    3) Industry. Approximately 22% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from industrial processes. The largest portion is the burning of fossil fuels for energy (the heat required for smelting iron, for instance), the next from processes that produce GHGs as a side product (eg, the manufacture of cement releases large quantities of CO2)

    4) Commercial and residental. 11% of GHG emissions come primarily from fossil fuels burned to proiduce heat and handle waste

    5) Agriculture> Roughly 9% of GHGs from from livestock [insert snickers for <12 crowd and Skookerasbil] soil decomposition and rice paddies

    6) Land use and forestry. In the US in 2016, managed forests and other lands have absorbed more CO2 than they have produced offsetting 11% of our emissions.

    So what can we do, not do, and decide, that will help reduce our CO2 emissions from these sources?
     
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    Take our concerns about the climate into the ballot box. Vote for candidates who show a similar concern and ambition to reduce CO2 emissions. The problems we face are dire and immediate. They require immediate, committed and bold action. Don't settle for lip service.
     
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    why would we bother? Got any actual observed, measured evidence that supports the claim that more CO2 equals more warming? Any at all?
     
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    You can move to China and raise their carbon footprint awareness
     
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    Drive vehicles with the smallest CO2 production possible. Back when gas shortages were real and people were actually shocked to be $3.00/gallon for gasoline, there was a move towards smaller, more fuel efficient cars. These days, such cars are going out of production because we've all told Detroit we love SUVs. However, the mileage ratings of SUVs have been improving. Hybrid and fully electric models are now available. The Mercedes GLE 550e gets 43 mpg combined and the GLC 350e achieves 56. Small sedans will continue to be available from foreign manufacturers: Toyota, Hyundai, BMW and so forth.

    And, of course, there is always the humble bicycle.
     
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    Drive vehicles with the smallest CO2 production possible. Back when gas shortages were real and people were actually shocked to be $3.00/gallon for gasoline, there was a move towards smaller, more fuel efficient cars. These days, such cars are going out of production because we've all told Detroit we love SUVs. However, the mileage ratings of SUVs have been improving. Hybrid and fully electric models are now available. The Mercedes GLE 550e gets 43 mpg combined and the GLC 350e achieves 56. Small sedans will continue to be available from foreign manufacturers: Toyota, Hyundai, BMW and so forth.

    And, of course, there is always the humble bicycle...
     
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    No evidence huh? You think by ignoring the fact that you can't provide any you will make that fact disappear?
     
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    Junk bonds not junk laws! Let's raise money for infrastructure and help the rich get richer by funding these stake holds and investments.

    Infrastructure production runs should be longer than alleged wars on the abstractions of wars on crime, drugs, and terror.

    We need to manufacture, local "manufacturing" jobs, anyway.
     
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    /----/ Take your concerns to the toilet and flush them nobody gives a rat's patoot about your Goreball Warming scam.
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    I had to parse that because there are a lot of questions and no simple, uncomplicated answers. All those things are interlocked and cannot really be separately treated. I would challenge anyone who feels that climate change is primarily the result of human action to lead the way and help decrease the human population. Take personal responsibility for the damage you do just by existing and leave us with one less human animal to worry about.

    Since you pose these issues, what would you suggest be done?
     
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