Energy-related CO2 emissions down almost 10% from 2005 levels

Although we’re doing a lot of things wrong, it seems we’re doing something right.  According Energy Information Administration’s new report, energy-related CO2 emissions dropped faster than expected.

Although the economy played a role in this, the EIA has another chart showing that GDP drop only accounts for about a third of the decrease in emissions.

There are many factors in the emissions drop — decreasing consumption of fossil fuels played a role, as did lower natural gas prices, efficiency gains, and state renewable energy standards.  You can read the report for details on why emissions dropped.  The EIA concludes that

…longer-term trends continue to suggest decline in both the amount of energy used per unit of economic output and the carbon intensity of our energy supply, which both work to restrain emissions.

Remember, the goal of the Senate climate bill is 17 percent below 2005 emissions by 2020.  So, we’ve already met more than half of that (admittedly lame) target.  This makes it a bit harder to believe that the other 7 percent is impractical or would cripple the economy.

So there’s some positive news, in contrast to this year’s rather depressing Earth Month.


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