U.S. Power Plant CO2 Emissions Fell In 2008

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Here’s some good news: last year, power plant carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. went down! But before we pat ourselves on the back too quickly, it may have been due to other factors besides corporations ‘going green’. As we all know, there were lower temperatures last year, meaning less power was needed in the summer. As well, the dip in the economy could be credited for the 3.1% CO2 drop.Power Plant emissions co2

Here’s some good news: last year, power plant carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. went down! But before we pat ourselves on the back too quickly, it may have been due to other factors besides corporations ‘going green’. As we all know, there were lower temperatures last year, meaning less power was needed in the summer. As well, the dip in the economy could be credited for the 3.1% CO2 drop. The conductors of the survey, the Environmental Integrity Project, have said even though we show a sign of decreasing our carbon emissions, we are still emitting more now than we were in 2003. It’s going to be important to clean up, or even close, the United States’ dirtiest power plants if we’re going to reach President Obama’s goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 14% in the next 11 years.

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