Wednesday, October 7, 2009

U.S. carbon emissions expected to fall in 2009

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 11:56 AM

In good environmental news, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions should fall in 2009. The drop, which is attributed to the economy, isn't expected to last, however. As the economy improves, emissions are expected to rise.

U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, should fall 5.9 percent in 2009 as the recession cuts electricity and transportation fuel demand, the government said in a monthly forecast on Tuesday.

Demand for coal, which emits about twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas per unit of energy generated, should fall more than 9 percent in 2009 on the economic downturn, said the Energy Information Administration, the statistics arm of the Department of Energy, in its short-term forecast.

"Several factors contribute to a projected reduction of nearly 6 percent in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use in 2009, primarily associated with the economic downturn," EIA Administrator Richard Newell said.

Read the entire Reuters article here.

Further reading: Obama orders federal government to cut emissions

The EPA's Lisa Jackson discusses the recently announced Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR) for greenhouse gas emissions:

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