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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lowest Since 1994

Nov. 26, 2013
Low carbon dioxide emissions set records.

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined 3.8% in 2012, the second largest decrease since 1990, according to a new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

CO2 released as a result of energy production and consumption has declined in five of the last seven years, with 2012 marking the lowest emissions level since 1994.

The warm first quarter of 2012 and a large increase in natural gas-fired generation contributed to the 2012 decline, EIA says, while fuel efficiency improvements and increased use of renewable energy will remain important factors in the coming years.

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