Emissions per capita, ranked according to size. Upon re-allocation to reduce the spread of emissions per capita, nations listed on top of the graph would lose, while nations listed on the bottom of the graph would gain. Also, the 7 top nations have abundant fossil fuels in the ground. The value of these assets would decrease if carbon use were restricted by international agreement. The expectation is (independent of scientific discussions) that the nations listed on top should be unenthusiastic about the concept of regulating emissions while the ones listed at the bottom should be in favor of re-allocation on the basis of some standard per capita use.