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United States CO2 Emissions Fall to Lowest Level Since 1994

Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 9, 2013 @ 2:52 pm In global warming,News,Renewable Energy | No Comments

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The United States Department of Energy [3] just announced that carbon dioxide emissions [4] from energy consumption have fallen to their lowest level since 1994. Factors ranging from an increase in renewable energy [5] sources to a decrease in coal consumption helped make 2012 one of the cleanest years since the early 1990s. The Energy Information Administration [6] found that the United States’ carbon emissions [7] fell 3.7 percent from 2011, and a whopping 12.1 percent since 2007.

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In 2012, the DOE’s Energy Information Administration branch determined that the United States produced 5.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide – that’s still a lot, but it’s drastically less than in recent years. The main contributors to these emissions are dirty energy sources like coal [10], natural gas and oil.

The main cause for the decline in greenhouse gas emissions was the disuse of coal [11] for electricity. An influx of solar arrays [12], wind farms and other renewable energy projects helped ease the transition, as well as the drop in price of natural gas.

Another factor is global warming [13]. 2012 was the warmest winter on record [14] in the United States, which led to a decrease in demand for coal or other heating agents, meaning fewer emissions.

Via Environmental News Network [15]

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[2] Shutterstock: http://www.shutterstock.com/

[3] Department of Energy: http://energy.gov/

[4] carbon dioxide emissions: http://inhabitat.com/un-says-carbon-emission-cuts-are-happening-too-slowly-damage-could-be-irreversible/

[5] renewable energy: http://inhabitat.com/energy/

[6] Energy Information Administration: http://www.eia.gov/

[7] carbon emissions: http://inhabitat.com/impact-of-melting-arctic-ice-will-be-equal-to-unleasing-20-years-of-co2-emissions/

[8] Image: http://inhabitat.com/united-states-co2-emissions-fall-to-lowest-level-since-1994/coal-3/

[9] Wikimedia Commons: http://www.wy.blm.gov/minerals/coal/

[10] coal: http://inhabitat.com/harvard-study-reveals-coal-energy-to-be-one-of-the-most-expensive-forms-of-power/

[11] coal: http://inhabitat.com/coal-plants-kill-thousands-of-people-in-india-each-year-says-greenpeace/

[12] solar arrays: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[13] global warming: http://inhabitat.com/global-warming/

[14] warmest winter on record: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/central-park-records-the-warmest-february-in-history-second-warmest-winter/

[15] Environmental News Network: http://www.enn.com/energy/article/45824?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+AlternativeEnergyAndFuelNews-Enn+(Alternative+Energy+and+Fuel+News+-+ENN)&utm_content=Google+Reader

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