I know this chart is supposed to show how bad China and the rest of the world are. But in the interests of statistical balance I will point out that China has a population four times larger than the US, as do (roughly) the Other Countries line. So even if their CO2 emissions are twice as high as the US, that still means each Chinese person is creating half as much CO2 as each US citizen. And because the EU population is c 525 million it also means each US citizen is creating over twice as much CO2 emission than his Euro equivalent. A more accurate table would show CO2 emission per head of population. Nevertheless, full marks to both the EU and US for turning the curves in the right direction.
And of course the graph misses out the pre 1970 data which shows a long period of industrialisation from the mid 19th century onwards when developed western economies like US & EU numbers were substantially higher than the others.
Winston Churchill had a good line on this (he had for a lot of things). 'Sir, there are lies, **** lies, and statistics'
The suitably expanded version of this chart showing this would neatly encapsulate the point that developing economies make. We, in developed western economies have had 150 years of the benefits of CO2 emissions (cheap fuels, cheap energy, transport etc.) leaving a long term consequence which needs to be fixed. All this whilst developing economies weren't producing CO2 to anything like our scale. It would be a hard heart that said all the developing economies should stick to their pre industrialisation levels. If China can stabilise around where it is then it'll still be twice as clean per head of population as the US.
The photos posted earlier showing LA in the 1970s and today and comparing with China & India would have shown the same point if pictures of China and India were shown in the 70's. While LA was smog ridden in the 1970's those other cities were clean(er). Now it's hopefully a brief moment in history for those cities to have their moment of smog - its just come 50 years later. It'll pass, as it has in LA.