2008 US Carbon Emissions Were Lowest in 8 Years


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According to a new report from the US Department of Energy, carbon emissions in 2008 fell to the lowest levels in eight years, since 2001. The reason for the decline in carbon? None other than the recession and high fuel prices, of course. According to Bloomberg,

Carbon emissions from energy sources fell by 2.8 percent last year to the lowest level since 2001 because of the recession and high fuel prices, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said today.

It had nothing (or very little) to do with the growing green trend at all, of course:
Record high gasoline and diesel prices as well as slowing economic growth for the year contributed to the decline, the EIA, a unit of the Department of Energy, said in a report. Total energy consumption dropped 2.2 percent for the year.

And of course, the less energy consumed, the less carbon emitted . . .
Total U.S. carbon dioxide output from energy sources fell to 5.8 billion metric tons last year, down from 5.97 billion in 2007, according to initial Energy Department estimates. That’s the biggest drop since at least 1991 and the smallest total emissions since 2001, the EIA said.

The numbers for 2009 will probably be similar, though perhaps a tad higher due to the lower gas prices. Now let's trying bringing that level down on purpose.

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