The EPA confirms: GHG emissions are down, largely thanks to…

posted at 8:41 pm on April 17, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

This little nugget of knowledge has been circulating for months on months by now, but once the Environmental Protection Agency has it on their books, you know there’s no way of getting around it (not that the Obama administration really wants to; as much as they are still on the prowl for reasons to further regulate natural gas and the extraction thereof, they’re happy to sing its praises as a “bridge” fuel to see us through toward their more heavily renewable future). The agency released its Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks this week, and you’ll never guess which energy source was the most successful player in bringing about “green” policy goals:

In 2012, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 6,525.6 Tg or million metric tons CO2 Eq. Total U.S. emissions have increased by 4.7 percent from 1990 to 2012, and emissions decreased from 2011 to 2012 b 3.4 percent (227.4 Tg CO2 Eq.). The decrease from 2011 to 2012 was due to a decrease in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed to generate electricity due to a decrease in coal consumption, with increased natural gas consumption. Additionally, relatively mild winter conditions, especially in regions of the United States where electricity is an important heating fuel, resulted in an overall decrease in electricity demand in most sectors. Since 1990, U.S. emissions have increased at an average annual rate of 0.2 percent.

Boom. As any eco-radical will be quick to tell you, it already looks like the emissions for 2013 probably ticked back up again, but isn’t it funny that a specific fuel so often derided by self-titled environmentalists — because of the hydraulic fracturing it usually requires — has had the greatest success at reducing emissions? Unlike in, say, Germany, which — in a fit of aggressive green whimsy a few years ago — decided to tamp down on hydraulic fracturing, do away with nuclear, and heavily subsidize renewables in one fell swoop? And is now seeing increased coal usage and higher emissions as a result? Maybe the Obama administration should reconsider natural gas’s status as a mere “bridge fuel,” perhaps? Just sayin.’


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and give up his slush fund to his eco cronies? or not to have a cudgel to beat up another segment of our population. I could go on but…you get the idea!

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Frakking?

rbj on April 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Since 1990, U.S. emissions have increased at an average annual rate of 0.2 percent.

This shows the mendacity of the left and their cronies … and their loathing of the commoners

r keller on April 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

What a load of incalculable crap………as valid as the number of Obamacare sign ups……………
no one will ever ( or can’t) verify…..

FlaMurph on April 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Erika, I wondered what GHG was. I was finally able to figure it out by reading the article, but it was never defined. Usually it’s a good idea to define an acronym the first time you use it in your article.

I like your articles about government energy policy. Keep up the good work.

I have a song for you, Erika. It’s German, so maybe it’s a little sentimental, but I hope you like it anyway.

jaime on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

The EPA: Destroying the Middle Class by closing factories since 1970.

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

We can significantly reduce GHG emissions by deporting all illegals and halting further immigration.

As a matter of fact we can reduce water consumption, land use, deforestation and all kinds of stuff the eco-Marxists are always harping on about.

Why aren’t they out front on immigration? Hmmmmmm?

Charlemagne on April 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

The air is so bad in China, I hear the only way that they see the sun is by viewing it on TV.
Our air quality and water quality is superior, yet the government expects us to sacrifice more to get it a micro percentage better.
Frack, drill, build Keystone already, mine more coal and get the economy strong again!

woodhull on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

But, but, but COWS!!!!!!!!

Oldnuke on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Coal’s got nothin’ to do with it. Millions of illegals eating too many beans and chickpeas. GHGToots…it’s all about the damnable methane.

AppraisHer on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

The air is so bad in China, I hear the only way that they see the sun is by viewing it on TV.
Our air quality and water quality is superior, yet the government expects us to sacrifice more to get it a micro percentage better.
Frack, drill, build Keystone already, mine more coal and get the economy strong again!

woodhull on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

China is a COMMUNIST PARADISE! ObaMAO has more worshipers of Mao Tse-DUNG in his Regime than Leninists…

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

But, but, but COWS!!!!!!!!

Oldnuke on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

But, but, but TURTLES!!!!!!!

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

China is a COMMUNIST PARADISE! ObaMAO has more worshipers of Mao Tse-DUNG in his Regime than Leninists…

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

In that vein…not Mao, but Ho.

http://vvfh.org/blog/2014/04/who-was-ho-chi-minh-a-deceitful-mass-murderer/

ho was Ho Chi Minh? Ho Chi Minh was a chameleon. He was a master at appearing to be whatever his interlocutor of the moment was expecting or hoping for (or not expecting at all). On the inside, where it counted, he never changed after his conversion to communism.

His words were often as fictitious as his names. He lied about his place of birth.39 He lied about his date of birth.40 He lied about where he lived41 and what he did42 throughout his life. He lied about who he was and what he believed. He lied to create mystery, to hide the truth, to confuse authorities and most of all to further the cause of communism.

Just pointin’ out that kind of stuff actually can happen.

Mimzey on April 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

But, but, but TURTLES!!!!!!!

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Turtles fart? Who knew? How can you tell?

Oldnuke on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

The left isn’t so much against fracking, or coal, or fossil fuels, or worried about climate change. If they were really concerned about such things, they would give up the private jets and autos in favor of mass transit by rail or biking.

They just want to be in control over energy. Energy controls the economy. It’s a backdoor road to totalitarianism: even the gullible dupes who vote Democratic won’t voluntarily vote for that, but regulations aren’t put to a vote.

Adjoran on April 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

A “relatively mild winter”?

Wut?

hawkdriver on April 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I still say that one of the most effective ways of increasing energy output is to tap the hot gas spewing from Reid’s mouth. Oh, wait, it’s mostly methane. Never mind…

vnvet on April 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

But, but, but COWS!!!!!!!!

Oldnuke on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

But, but… English butts and baked beans.

Hill60 on April 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM

derided by eco-terrorists, communists, and fascists masquerading as by self-titled environmentalists

Fixed!

earlgrey on April 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Trends are what matter, and the global picture has vastly more significance than what happens on a single piece of real estate.

oakland on April 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Let’s try again with the link.

https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/carbon-dioxide-atmosphere-decreased-recently

oakland on April 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

A “relatively mild winter”?

Wut?

hawkdriver on April 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

THey are talking of 2012-2013. Certainly NOT 2013-2014. Withthis past winter, the GHG numbers will tick up due to the need for more heat in much of the country.

joated on April 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM