Overall GHG Emissions Up by 3.2% in 2010

Unrelated graph by Claudio Favi. Some rights reserved.

The EPA yesterday announced the release of their annual greenhouse gas inventory report, which showed a trend towards increased energy consumption (due to the economy improving) and increased demand for electricity for air conditioning (due to the warm 2010 summer weather).

However, despite the 3.2 percent increase in overall emissions from 2009 to 2010, there are a few things to be optimistic about. As the New York Times reports, “emissions in 2010 were 5 percent below those of 2005, indicating that [President Obama’s goal of reducing domestic GHG emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020] could be met with aggressive efforts by government and industry.”

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