In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.
Isn’t that great news?
I think we need some uplifting climate change news with all the “doom and gloom” stories out there. Let’s keep it going.
The United States has cut its CO2 output more than any other country in recent years, with our output dropping since 2007. We are now close to 1990 levels and may be able to fit in with the Kyoto Protocols.
Of the fossil fuels, natural gas releases the least amount of air pollution and CO2. It is a homegrown source which improves our energy independence and stability, as well as keeping our money at home.
Coal has gone from producing half our energy to only one-third.
** Fracking for natural gas – it is unknown how destructive this new, hugely popular process is.