As if to show how complicated energy and emissions are a study was reported recently that says the use of coal for power generation is the lowest since 1975 and helped drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. “That’s the largest year-on-year decline … It also marks the end of a decade in which total US coal generation was cut in half.” (Source)
That is only part of the news.
The rest of the story: “Electricity generation accounts for about 27% of total U.S. emissions. The rest of the economy continued to emit at the same or greater rate.”
Car and truck emissions were fairly flat in 2019. “Emissions from buildings, agriculture and industry increased slightly, the report said. The industrial, agriculture, and waste sectors remain largely untouched, either by policy or technology innovation. Industry is now a larger source of emissions than coal-fired power generation, and is growing, according to the researchers.”
The challenge of managing emissions is about more than technology or policy. It is about the economy, too. “Year-to-year greenhouse-gas emissions excluding the power sector are tightly connected to the overall American economy, meaning that because 2019 was slower year for GDP, emissions grew more slowly.” (Source)
The two news items we reference here go into more detail. Just click on the links to read them for yourself. Worth the time.
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