(B) We had a piece of great and bad news this week. The good news first…The US Energy Information Administration has released a new report which concluded that the “U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from energy use during the first quarter of 2012 were the lowest in two decades for any January-March period. Normally, CO2 emissions during the year are the highest in the first quarter because of strong demand for heat produced by fossil fuels.
However, CO2 emissions during January-March 2012 were low due to a combination of three factors:
• A mild winter that reduced household heating demand and therefore energy use
• A decline in coal-fired electricity generation, due largely to historically low natural gas prices
• Reduced gasoline demand.”
Now the bad news…
“A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the E.P.A. had exceeded its authority in the way it apportioned the cleanup work among 28 upwind states” – see the article from the New York Times for more details.
We need to stop using coal to produce electricity! We are so much damaging our environment by doing so!! No one has probably better describe the negative effects of coal on our climate change than Dr. James Hansen from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Please read his publications, think, and act.
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