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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Meeting Carbon Targets

Wednesday, Kevin Drum blogged about the impressive U.S. reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The near 10% reduction over the past two years has very little to do with policy decisions made by the new Democratic administration. Rather, this reflects continued decline in economic activity, as well as reduced energy intensity, and increased use of cleaner energy (promoted in the stimulus package). Drum says that those three explanations contributed about one-third each.

The accompanying image is very revealing.

This is a terrific jumpstart towards bigger reductions in the future, though the challenge will be to fulfill greater energy demand with non-fossil fuel sources once the economy is growing steadily again.

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