Gallery: US Emissions Rose 4% in 2010, Partly Due to Increased Coal Use


Despite all of the ongoing efforts to increase renewable energy and curb our carbon footprints, carbon dioxide emissions in the United States rose 3.9 percent last year. While this is upsetting in itself, what’s even more worrisome is the fact that the Energy Information Administration contributes much of the rise to increased economic activity. The country’s GDP grew 3 percent, pushing up our CO2 emissions with it. Sadly, instead of this increase in activity drawing energy from clean sources like wind and solar, it led to a 6 percent increase in coal energy consumption. 4 percent may not sound like a lot, but the truth is that the jump was the country’s largest increase in energy related CO2 emissions since 1988.

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1 Comment

  1. caeman August 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    We don’t have this CO2 problem with nuclear plants.

    As for the spent nuclear rods, they would be recycle and enriched for re-use until they are just lumps of lead.

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