By Robert Bowen, Examiner:
US carbon emissions are declining due to clean energy
A new report that studied 2,500 electrical power plants owned by 100 utilities in the United States was released this week and it shows that harmful carbon pollution is on the decline. This is due to a transition to clean energy. The report is out just before the science-deniers open their national convention in Tampa next Monday.
The 2012 Benchmarking Air Emissions report looked at 2010-2011 data from the US Energy Information Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to determine trends in four power plant pollutants: carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and mercury (Hg).
The report looked at 100 utilities operating 2,500 power plants. These plants account for 86% of electricity generation and 88% of all emissions in the nation. The good news is that three of the pollutants studied have declined significantly. The primary reason is that coal power plants have been closing and are replaced by natural gas. Another factor is the increase of electrical generation from wind and solar… Read more