Carbon dioxide pollution is on the rise.
• Carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuel consumption is on the rise in the United States, increasing by 18 percent between
1990 and 2004.
• Electric power plants and the transportation sector—particularly cars and light trucks—drove the increase in emissions nationwide. Between 1990 and 2004, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector jumped by 28 percent and from the transportation sector by almost a quarter (23 percent).
• Carbon dioxide emissions increased the most in the Southeast, Great Lakes/Midwest, and Gulf South regions over the 15 year period. The states experiencing the largest absolute increases in carbon dioxide emissions between 1990 and 2004 are Texas, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Georgia.
• The electric power sector was the primary factor driving the increase in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions between 1990 and 2004.
• The transportation sector accounted for 40 percent of the nation’s overall increase in carbon dioxide emissions between 1990 and 2004.