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Reminder: US carbon emissions down by 2 percent, largely due to fracking

posted at 4:15 pm on December 4, 2012 by

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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Yeah, but that movie says that it’s bad…

Oh look – a new Dr. Phil on my DVR!

beatcanvas on December 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

What’s important to remember is that the actual decrease is more than that, because the US population continues to grow.

Our population grows at about 0.9% per year, plus or minus a few decimal points. I don’t know what the number would be if we counted illegals. But the point is, logically, one would expect emissions to also grow a fractional amount per year to accommodate the larger population.

So the actual rate of decline is 2% plus the proportional difference in population size over the same period. Technically, our emissions could grow half a percent and our per-capita contribution would be declining.

The Schaef on December 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Well this fuzzy math can not be true per bho/epa/salazar? We need to put a STOP to this asap? Can’t have a state or business making money if big bro doesn’t say so? Can we find a new ‘bird, lizard, tree, or whatever’ that needs to go on the protected list so we can take billions of acres of land in those states that are fracking?
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letget on December 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Doesn’t matter the GOV will ban fracking and the low-information voter wont care as long as they can still watch Honey Boo Boo and
Real Housewives.

ChunkyLover on December 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Doesn’t matter the GOV will ban fracking and the low-information voter wont care as long as they can still watch Honey Boo Boo and
Real Housewives.

ChunkyLover on December 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Bread and circus.

John_Locke on December 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Virtually everything we consume and use has carbon in it. If we … carbon based life forms … ban carbon, we’ll all die and liberals won’t have to worry about crazy people shooting other people with guns.

It’s a small sacrifice to make.

darwin on December 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

guns

darwin on December 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Also filthy with filthy carbon!

Axe on December 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Reminder: US carbon emissions down by 2 percent, largely due to fracking depresssion/recession

FIFY

Marcola on December 4, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I’m a big fan of CO2 and a pox on all the idiots who slander it as “carbon”.

MechanicalBill on December 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM