Increased Natural Gas Usage Linked To Decrease In National CO2 Emissions
May 15, 2013—While natural gas is widely known for having the eco-friendly edge over coal, oil and other fossil fuels, recently emerging statistics will likely equal additional ‘strength in numbers’ for this cleaner, greener energy source.
Among 2012’s most noteworthy findings is a 12% national decrease in carbon dioxide emissions when compared to 2005’s all-time high. In fact, last year’s CO2 levels were as low as they were in 1994.
The improvement, experts believe, has to do with the increased use of natural gas at power plants, with natural gas now generating 30% of all electricity in the US—a figure that hasnearly doubled since the year 2000.
One key environmental factor that’s likely contributing to this shift—compared to coal, natural gas releases approximately 50% less CO2 when burned.
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