02 Nov '11, 8pm

U.S. carbon emissions down as renewable energy keeps growing via @grist

U.S. carbon emissions down as renewable energy keeps growing via @grist

Cross-posted from Earth Policy Institute . Between 2007 and 2011, carbon emissions from coal use in the United States dropped 10 percent. During the same period, emissions from oil use dropped 11 percent. In contrast, carbon emissions from natural gas use increased by 6 percent. The net effect of these trends was that U.S. carbon emissions dropped 7 percent in four years. And this is only the beginning. The initial fall in coal and oil use was triggered by the economic downturn, but now powerful new forces are reducing the use of both. For coal, the dominant force is the Beyond Coal campaign, an impressive national effort coordinated by the Sierra Club involving hundreds of local groups that oppose coal because of its effects on human health. In the first phase, the campaign actively opposed the building of new coal-fired power plants. This hugely successful initiative, wh...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/fossil-fuels/2011-11-02-u.s.-carbon-...

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