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Dec. 21, 2007: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped 1.5 Percent in 2006

December 21, 2007
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WASHINGTON - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined by 1.5 percent in 2006 to the equivalent of 7,075.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Information Administration (EIA). The drop was mainly due to a 1.8 percent decline in carbon dioxide emissions from energy use and industrial processes, which is a half-percent larger decline than originally estimated by EIA back in June. Part of that decline was a 0.5 percent decrease in overall energy demand, caused partly by mild weather and partly in response to high energy prices. But the lion’s share of the decline was caused by a decline in the carbon intensity of electric generation; in other words, power plants are producing less carbon dioxide. That’s partly due to an increased use of natural gas for power production, but it’s also caused by “a greater reliance on non-fossil fuel energy sources,” including renewable energy.

While U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped in 2006, the economy actually grew by 2.9 percent. That, in turn, caused greenhouse gas intensity - the amount of greenhouse gases emitted per unit of gross domestic product - to decrease by 4.2 percent, a fact that caught the attention of President Bush. Greenhouse gas intensity is now 625 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per million 2000 constant dollars of GDP, while President Bush has set a goal to reach 553.7 metric tons by 2012. “This puts us well ahead of the goal,” said the president.

Publication date: 12/17/2007

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