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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop as Gas Replaces Coal Power

Feb. 14, 2017, 6:18 PM

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell by more than 2 percent between 2014 and 2015, continuing a downward trend since emissions peaked in 2007.

Greenhouse gas emissions totaled 6,586 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015, up 3.4 percent over 1990 levels despite recent declines, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft annual report on emissions. A continuing shift from coal-fired power to natural gas and warmer winter conditions requiring less heating helped drive the downward trend in emissions, according to the report. Electricity generation again accounting for the largest proportion of total U.S. emissions, with 1,900.7 million...

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