- May 15, 2006
The majority of emissions from butter come from production; the majority of emissions from oil are during consumption. So the there is a logic to the difference of treatment.Interesting article in the Sunday Independent by Colm McCarthy in which he seems to argue that Ireland should not be blamed for its food production as the vast majority of it is exported and consumed elsewhere.
The parallel he uses is Saudi Arabia which is not blamed for its oil production.
That oil is blamed on the countries in which the oil is consumed.
However I'd agree that ultimately it is demand for emission-heavy products that drives emissions upwards, so giving the consuming country responsibility for the emissions makes more practical sense.
This means that we are responsible for the emissions of all the stuff we consume that was originally manufactured in China, and China bears a lot less responsibility than it is currently measured to bear.