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US emissions keep climbing

21 May 2008

Yesterday the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released some preliminary estimates that show that the United State’s total carbon dioxide emissions went up 1.6% in 2007. That might seem like a small amount, but consider that 1.6% increase is equivalent to the annual emissions of twenty coal-fired power plants to the tune of 96 million metric tonnes of CO2.

So what caused the increase? The EIA cited increased demand for heating and cooling due to weather patterns and a “higher carbon intensity of electricity supply” – meaning that we get the majority of our electricity from burning coal, an incredibly dirty energy source (which, by the by, doesn’t just release CO2, but also mercury into our environment).

So, it looks like we still have work to do…but this isn’t an impossible dream. Learn how to make a difference with the Minnesota Energy Challenge.

:: Grist

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