Reminder: US carbon emissions down by 2 percent, largely due to fracking
posted at 4:15 pm on December 4, 2012 by Erika Johnsen
And yet, the regulatory warfare against hydraulic fracturing continues.
Over the weekend the Global Carbon Project announced that carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3%, yet emissions from the United States fell by 2%. According to environmental researcher, Bjørn Lomborg, we should attribute this to increased natural gas use that’s the result of greater supplies from hydraulic fracturing.
We also learned from MIT researchers that despite the claims of some opponents of the technology, greenhouse gas emissions from hydraulic fracturing wells are only a fraction more than those from conventional natural gas wells. Francis O’Sullivan, one of the study’s co-authors, told E&E News, “[I]t is incorrect to suggest that shale gas-related hydraulic fracturing has substantially altered the overall level of fugitive emissions from the natural gas system.”
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