U.S. emissions dropped 6 percent in 2009 to lowest level since 2005
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While ideologically driven controversy continues to swirl around EPA plans to regulate greenhouse gases, the agency is moving ahead. One of the first steps to establishing a regulatory framework is to know what it is you’re regulating. To that end, the EPA releases an annual inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and sinks and the latest version is up for public comment.
The draft report shows that, overall, 2009 greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 6 percent from the previous year due to a decrease in fuel and electricity consumption across all U.S. economic sectors. Total emissions from GHGs were about 6,640 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent. Overall, emissions have grown by 7.4 percent from 1990 to 2009. Emissions in 2009 represent the lowest total U.S. annual GHG emissions since 1995. (more…)
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