Environmental friendliness of electricity generation in the US

Electricity supply to all the regions of the U.S. is a complicated system, which includes electricity generation from both “green” sources and traditional. The last ones, of course, pollute the atmosphere with CO2 emissions. Though, the government policy on atmosphere pollution is not static:

  • U.S. CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest level in a generation – even as global emissions have risen 50% since 1990.
  • Nine times this century the U.S. has reduced annual emissions more than any other nation.
  • As natural gas use in power generation increased, U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions decreased 8% between 2010 and 2017.

Clean natural gas is integral to reaching America’s emissions-reduction and climate goals. Natural gas abundance and its environmental performance helped make it the leading fuel for power generation, responsible for 35% of that generation through the first nine months of 2018 compared to 27% percent for coal.

It stands to mention that according to British Petroleum, the results of 2017 showed that Ukraine is the second after the United States in CO2 emissions reduction.

  

Tags: electricity, USA

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