Economic Growth and Cutting Carbon

Much of the industry that has left places like England has ended up in places like China. Here, a coal-fired plant in Shanxi. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Much of the industry that has left places like England has ended up in places like China. Here, a coal-fired plant in Shanxi. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

by Marjorie Sun, Alliance Executive Director

For the naysayers who argue that cutting carbon will hurt economic growth, take note of two new studies recounted in this New York Times article. The GDP of 21 nations, including the United States, have grown while their carbon emissions have dropped over the past 15 years, says a new study by the World Resources Institute. And China’s emissions might have peaked last year, British researchers said in a second study this week. The operative word is “might” because the Chinese data need to be verified.