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

Carbon emissions drop to a 20-year low due to less coal and mild winterCarbon emissions from energy generation in the United States dropped to a 20-year low for the first quarter of 2012. According to the most recent figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) emissions for the January-March period were 1.134 billion metric tons, down 8 percent for the same period last years.

According to the report, several factors were at play for the drop in energy-related emissions, including an unusually warm winter, falling natural gas prices, and a steady reduction in the use of coal. Read more on our partner site

Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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