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EPA Reports Largest One-Year Decline in GHG Emissions Since 1990

co2U.S. carbon emissions fell 3 percent from 2008 to 2009, the largest one-year drop on record since the government began keeping tab on such things in 1990, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Projected improvements in the economy should lead to a 1.5-percent increase in CO2 emissions in 2010, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook report from the Department of Energy.

With a projected 5.5 percent growth in manufacturing output during 2010, the Energy Information Administration says that electricity sales to the industrial sector will grow 1 percent.

The EIA estimates that residential consumers will boost their electricity consumption 3.5 percent this year with a return to a warmer summer.

Total consumption of electricity across all sectors is expected to grow 2 percent during 2010 and 1.5 percent in 2011.

Increased use of coal in the electric power sector and continued economic growth, combined with the expansion of transportation-related petroleum consumption, should lead to a 1.2-percent increase in CO2 emissions in 2011.

Still, even with increases in 2010 and 2011, projected CO2 emissions in 2011 are lower than annual emissions from 1999 through 2008.

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One thought on “EPA Reports Largest One-Year Decline in GHG Emissions Since 1990

  1. So, we should feel good about this? What is the intent of this article? This article is incomplete in so many ways. Specifically, isn’t it important to elaborate the cause of lower emissions (could it be the economic downturn?). Also, it would be very useful to translate the projected increases in emissions into increases in overall average temperatures (if possible).

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