Wooahh. Government buildings in the UK emit more CO2 than the entire country of Kenya.
I'd guess that the footprint of the U.S. government is bigger than most of east Africa.
One of the weak excuses the Bush Administration used when they opted out of Kyoto was that developing nations were excluded from reducing emissions to the level of first world nations. They held firm to the line that it was unfair for the U.S., the biggest belcher of emissions on the planet (~6,465 million tons in 2006), to have to reduce their CO2 footprint while countries like India (1,238 million tons), South Africa (408 million tons), and Kazakhstan (169 million tons) weren't held to the same standards.
It seems like a bitter line to hold in the face of a reality where the government buildings of the UK beat out an entire fair sized African nation. The first world nations have a lot of work to do.
Kenya has a population of 37,953,840. The UK has 60,975,000 citizens, a difference of only 23,021,160. The government buildings serving 60,975,000 people have a bigger impact of the ENTIRE country of 37,953,840.
If you are reading this post, you are probably a First Worlder. Be thankful. We're lucky people. This is a shoe store in a Kenyan slum:
Photo credit: Flickr user Khym54
Link [Guardian (UK)]