U.S. CO2 Emissions From Natural Gas Will Top Coal In 2016


Here’s an Inconvenient Truth.™

A steady drumbeat of new natural-gas plants have replaced coal as the dominant source of electricity generation in the U.S.

At the beginning of 2016, America’s coal production fell to its lowest level in 30 years. The march away from coal is cheered by those who would like to see the U.S., and the world, move to a lower-carbon economy.

But the increasingly heavy reliance on natural gas has exacted a toll. The energy-associated carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas are expected to top the CO2 emissions from coal for the first time more than 40 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration