How large of a pile of CO2 is a 30% reduction per household?

If the EPA’s CO2 goals are reversed by the Trump administration, that’s a tall pile of carbon dioxide.

14381376445_32eb724d00_z 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.

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Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.