Natural Gas Production Decreasing Greenhouse Emissions
By Lachlan Markay
A pair of federal agencies credited increased natural gas production for a decline in American greenhouse emissions in reports released this week.
The Energy Information Administration released data showing energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined by 3.8 percent in 2012. The Environmental Protection Agency noted that emissions from power plants declined by 10 percent.
Carbon emissions are now at their lowest levels since 1994, EIA reported.
Both agencies attributed a large portion of the declines in emissions to the increased use of natural gas in American electricity generation.
“Because the generation of electricity, which is widely used in all sectors except transportation, is an important source of emissions, declines in the carbon intensity of electricity generation lowers emissions throughout the economy,” EIA noted.
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