This is a very interesting article. Although the focus is on U.S., it could very well apply to Canada.
When it comes to greenhouse gases, U.S. drivers are getting more of the blame.
Americans represent 5 percent of the world’s population but contribute 45 percent of the world’s emission of carbon dioxide, the main pollutant that causes global warming, according to a report by the nonprofit group Environmental Defense.
General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have long been the targets of environmentalists and other groups concerned with global warming. Vehicles made by GM, the No. 1 U.S. automaker, produced as much carbon dioxide in 2004 as American Electric Power Co., the nation’s largest operator of coal-fired power plants, the report says.
This chart alongside is quite informative.
I find this point quite interesting. I remember in Delhi I once got upset by an American woman commenting on how glad she would be to leave Delhi after her tenure there because of the aweful pollution and how she was looking forward to going back to U.S. I wish I knew the following back then. I would have told her to fuck off.
The electricity used annually to air-condition America’s homes, stores, offices, factories, schools, churches, libraries, domed stadiums, hospitals, warehouses, prisons and other buildings (not including what’s used to cool manufacturing processes and military facilities) exceeds the entire electricity consumption of the world’s second and fourth most populous nations — India and Indonesia — combined.