Natural Gas Playing Key Power Generation Role, Reducing Emissions :
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A series of recent reports indicate that the outlook is bright, from both an economic and an environmental standpoint, for natural gas. In fact, the environmental impacts are directly related to economics.
New data from federal and international agencies confirms that the United States is leading the world in reducing carbon emissions. According to the International Energy Agency, the “surge in shale gas” drove U.S. carbon emissions to their lowest level since 1992, or the last time Barry Bonds donned a Pirates uniform.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration also announced this week that “energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decreased” in 2015, continuing a trend where emissions have declined “6 out of the past 10 years.”
This significant clean air progress tied to American natural gas comes amid continued economic growth, a “cause for optimism,” IEA's executive director stated. “Emissions in the United States last year were at their lowest level since 1992,” the international agency reports, “a period during which the economy grew by 80%.”
Key Agency Findings include:
EIA: The decline in carbon emissions occurred despite growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) of 2.6% as other factors more than offset the growth in GDP.
IEA: The biggest drop in carbon emissions came from the United States. Carbon dioxide emissions fell 3% while the economy grew by 1.6%.
The data is compiled from :http://www.observer-reporter.com
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