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A 20-Year Low in U.S. Carbon Emissions

A 20-Year Low in U.S. Carbon Emissions

Energy Information Administration In the first three months of this year, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were lower than in any first quarter in 20 years. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the United States from January through March were the lowest of any recorded for the first quarter of the year since 1992, the federal Energy Information Administration reports . The agency attributed the decline to a combination of three factors: a mild winter, reduced demand for gasoline and, most significantly, a drop in coal-fired electricity generation because of historically low natural gas prices. Whether emissions will continue to drop or begin to rise again, however, remains to be seen, experts said Friday. “While this is a positive step, we shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, we’ve got plenty of natural gas, we can just switch to that, problem solved,’ and move on,” said...

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