U.S. CO2 Emissions Down Thanks To Natural Gas

Also, a crappy economy (via Hot Air)

(Investors) The most underreported recent environmental story has been the dramatic decline in energy-related carbon emissions — nearly back to mid-1990s levels, and falling.

Maybe it’s because that story just doesn’t fit the left’s mantra that traditional energy sources are destroying the environment.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) June energy report says that energy-related carbon dioxide fell to 5,473 million metric tons (MMT) in 2011.

That’s down from a high of 6,020 MMT in 2007, and only a little above 1995′s level of 5,314 MMT.


The most likely explanation for the decline is the shale gas revolution, made possible by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Increasingly, power plants are turning to natural gas because it has become abundant, and therefore cheap. And though technology is improving our ability to reduce emissions from coal usage, natural gas is still a much cleaner source.

I’m running late for work, so I’ll leave it up to Jazz Shaw at Hot Air, as well as Doug Mataconis, to explain more.

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One Response to “U.S. CO2 Emissions Down Thanks To Natural Gas”

  1. Gumball_Brains says:

    Yep, and it has nothing to do with a depressed economy and the soaring cost of energy either. Nope. Not at all.

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