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GHG Emissions Rise in 2014

Rises in fuel use blamed for small pollution increases


Rises in fuel use blamed for small pollution increases.

Smoke stack for power plant

Despite efforts to reduce carbon pollution, new data from the EPA shows that U.S. GHG emissions rose about 1% between 2013 and 2014. The 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks report shows that while emissions have fallen by 9% since 2005, the unusually cold winter between 2013 and 2014 and growing fuel demand in the transportation sector drove the increase year-over-year.

Power plants are noted as the largest driver for GHG emissions, accounting for 30% of the total in 2014. The transportation sector comes in second with 26% of the total while industry and manufacturing takes up 21% of U.S. emissions. The report was compiled using data from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program as well as other sources.