American carbon is flowing into the global economy at its fastest ever.

Duncan Clark in the Guardian: “Now let’s stack all those fuels on top of each other to see total carbon extraction. The resulting graph shows that that there has been no decline in the amount of carbon the US is taking out of the ground.”” In fact, the trend is upwards. The latest year for which full data is available – 2011 – is the highest level on record, at 5288 MT of potential CO2, a fraction higher that the previous peak in 2008. Despite or because of the shale gas revolution, ‘American carbon’ is flowing into the global economy and atmosphere faster than ever.”