Yes, billionaires suck! Yes, they are huge contributors to climate change! By all means, fire them into the sun!
But let's get back to the graph.
It's from an Oxfam presentation at the Paris summit. Oxfam was talking about GLOBAL wealth. They were saying that the richest COUNTRIES contribute the most to climate change, while the poorest countries suffer the most.
There are about 14 million millionaires in the world. The other 755 million people? They're us.
That's not just the American upper class, but the entire middle and lower-middle class, too--everyone with a household income of over $35,000.
That's me. And you and you and...
The US middle class isn't shown, but if they were, their bar would be larger still.
That's everyone with an income over 180k. Rich, certainly--by global standards, obscenely rich--but not shooting-cars-into-space rich.
So the graph is partly just measuring that cars are an ecological disaster--not people with multiple Lamborghinis, but ALL car owners.
That's what's going on here, but globally. We, the American middle class, see Jeff Bezos and conclude that we can't possibly be rich.
That may be true. But that doesn't change the harm it causes.
Denying that your lifestyle causes harm because you can't change it is, well, denialism.
The US middle class will have to experience huge lifestyle reductions.
The US poor will have to experience huge lifestyle reductions.
THAT is what this graph is saying.