If the EPA’s CO2 goals are reversed by the Trump administration, that’s a tall pile of carbon dioxide.
Under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was targeting a 30% reduction in carbon pollution from power plants by 2030. By any account, this is a significant announcement and target. The numbers are big. According to Pro Carbon Visuals here is a graphic representation to the right.
A 30 percent reduction by 2030 amounts to about 730 million LESS metric tons of CO2 per year – still rather abstract to visualize. If you divide 730 million tons by the number of US households (132 million) you get almost 14,000 lbs/household. Depicted as 1 pound bubbles of pure CO2, this would be a pile about 53 feet high and pretty wide at the base. And what better place to illustrate this unwanted pile of CO2 than juxtaposed at the White House.