Encouraged by a recovery in economic activity and industrial emissions of CO2 from the United States related to energy consumption increased by nearly 4% in 2010. This growth is the largest observed since 1988.
In a statement posted on its website, the U.S. Agency for Energy Information (EIA) reviews the emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by energy consumption in the United States. These emissions from burning oil, coal and natural gas, represent 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the country. Encouraged by the economic recovery and industrial having declined significantly during the recession in 2008 and 2009, they increased by 3.9% in 2010, then reaching 213 million tons.
This increase was the largest ever observed since 1988. However, note the EIA, the level of GHG emissions is 6% lower than in 2005. The Agency therefore shows optimistic and expects over the next three years an average annual growth of 0.2%. But this report goes to show that emission levels of greenhouse gases are regulated in the United States by economic fluctuations, not by an effective energy policy.
U.S. President Barack Obama aims to reduce the country’s overall emissions by 17% compared to 2005 levels by 2020. An ambition that now seems difficult to achieve.