CO2 2 percent higher in 2013

© U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, January 2014

1/14/2014 11:50:11 PM

CO2 Emissions Increased in 2013

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions related to energy increased in 2013 for the first time in three years, possibly the first sign that a trend in declining emissions from energy consumption has ended for now.

According to a report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Monday, the expected 2% increase is due to a boost in coal consumption. Coal has regained some market share from natural gas since a low in April 2012; however the impact on overall emissions trends remains fairly small.

American cars and factories spewed 5.38 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2013, up from 5.27 billion in 2012, the report said. Carbon dioxide is the chief man-made global warming gas.

The Guardian reported that even with the 2% increase, "overall US carbon emissions remained 10% below 2005 levels, more than half the reduction needed to achieve President Barack Obama's goal of reducing carbon emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020."

For more, read the report here

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