August 17, 2012

U.S. CO2 Emissions at 20-Year Low Due to Natural Gas

Kevin Begos, AP


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In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

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TAGGED: Coal Power Plants, Climate Change, Natural Gas, Carbon Emissions

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