U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions hit lowest level since 1991


Despite the relatively slow uptake of renewable energy in the United States, replacement of fossil fuels with renewables is starting to have tangible results on emissions, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell to 2,530 million metric tons in the first six months of 2016, the lowest level of emissions for the first six months of the year since 1991.

Ironically, Climate Change is likely to have the largest role here. From January through June record temperature increases meant that the United States had the fewest number of “heating degree days” in the 66 years that EIA has kept monthly data for all 50 states. The result is that residential energy consumption fell 9% year-over-year, which led a 2% fall in overall energy consumption…

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