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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop 9% Since 2005

industrial plant emissionsThe US saw a 2 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 from 2012 levels, but a 9 percent drop in emissions since 2005, according to the EPA’s 20th Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks.

Total US greenhouse emissions were 6,673 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2013. By sector, power plants were the largest source of emissions, accounting for 31 percent of total GHG pollution. The transportation sector was the second largest source, at 27 percent. Industry and manufacturing were the third largest source, at 21 percent.

The increase in total national GHG emissions between 2012 and 2013 was due to increased energy consumption across all sectors in the US economy and greater use of coal for electricity generation, the agency says.

Emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher in 2013 than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation, according to the EPA.

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2 thoughts on “US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop 9% Since 2005

  1. We shouldn’t get too excited as the World Meteorological Organization Global Atmosphere Watch reports that carbon dioxide increased on a worldwide basis by 0.74%. Again nothing to get alarmed about except that the increase in carbon dioxide of 2.9 ppm is the largest year to year change since 1984. I would suggest that we should be looking at carbon dioxide emissions per capita instead of gloating over a 9% decrease over 8 years. In a list compiled by the United Nations the U.S. ranked 199th out of the 211 countries using 2010 data. At 17.5043 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per capita the U.S. is almost 3 times higher than China who is at 6.1781 metric tonnes of CO2 per capita. We can twist numbers to make us feel good but if we’re going to really engage the American public in tackling climate change we need numbers that represent our relationship to the world in a more realistic manner than this article portrayed.

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