Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:12 PM
kpete (51,786 posts)
U.S. CARBON EMISSIONS FALL TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1994
01 FEB 2013: U.S. CARBON EMISSIONS
FALL TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1994
The continuing expansion of renewable energy technologies, advances in energy efficiency, and the rapid shift from coal to natural gas for generating electricity combined to bring down U.S. carbon dioxide emissions last year to their lowest levels since 1994, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report said that CO2 emissions fell 13 percent in the last five years alone, which means that the U.S. is now more than halfway toward reaching President Obama’s goal of cutting emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The Bloomberg report said that while the shift from burning coal to natural gas is a significant factor in the U.S.’s continued emissions reductions, the adoption of renewable energy technologies is also playing an important role. The report said the cumulative installed solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass-based energy sources in the U.S. reached 86 gigawatts last year, compared with 43 gigawatts in 2008. Another growing source of emissions cuts is adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles, with 488,000 people in the U.S. purchasing these energy-efficient cars last year.
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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:20 PM
earthside (6,645 posts)
2. We've outsourced a lot of carbon emissions.
The report, however, fails to account for the fact that we have essentially outsourced a great deal of what would have otherwise been U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to China.
There is a reason why China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal -- they are making items for export to the United States and the rest of the world.
So, while not belittling the achievement of increased use of alternate and renewable energy sources in the U.S., the truth is that there is a very big reason not noted in this report for why this is happening.
We have cleaner air in the U.S. because the air has become deadly in Beijing.