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Carbon Throttled

Greenhouse gas exhaust plummets at electric generators

Blessed with a warm winter, America’s energy sector's carbon emissions fell to the lowest level in 25 years the first half of 2016, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

U.S. EIA

 

Carbon dioxide emissions amounted to 2,530 million metric tons the first half of 2016, the lowest volume posted in that time period since the first six months of 1991.

The government said that the first half of 2016 had the lowest heating degree days, a reflection of a mild winter, since at least 1949.

The first half of this year, coal consumption fell 18 percent compared to the same period in 2015 while natural gas consumption fell 1 percent and renewable energy output jumped 9 percent.

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