Monday, January 13, 2014

U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increased in 2013

A graph showing U.S energy-related CO2 emissions since 2005. (Credit: U.S. Energy Information Administration) Click to enlarge.
U.S. carbon dioxide emissions related to energy increased in 2013 for the first time in three years, possibly the first sign that a trend in declining emissions from energy consumption has ended for now.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report on Monday showing that 2013 energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. are expected to have increased 2 percent over 2012 emissions once all the data for the year are tallied.  Total CO2 emissions from fossil fuels totaled 5.26 billion metric tons in 2012, increasing to 5.37 billion in 2013, EIA data show. 

The report also projects that emissions will increase slightly  — 0.7 percent — in 2014, followed by no change in emissions in 2015.

U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increased in 2013

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