March 22, 2010

It's Here!

By It's Here!

Author: Reed Hopper

The Government has released its 2010 Draft U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report.

Citing the usual culprits, this report covers a period from 1990-2008 and is designed to show anthropogenic emissions using IPCC protocols.  Here's a tidbit from the Executive Summary: 

"In 2008, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 6,946.1 Tg CO2 Eq. Overall, total U.S. emissions have risen by 14 percent from 1990 to 2008. Emissions declined from 2007 to 2008, decreasing by 2.9 percent (206.1 Tg CO2 Eq.). This decrease is primarily a result of a decrease in demand for transportation fuels associated with the record high costs of these fuels that occurred in 2008. Additionally, electricity demand declined in 2008 in part due to a significant increase in the cost of fuels used to generate electricity. In 2008, temperatures were cooler in the United States than in 2007, both in the summer and the winter. This lead to an increase in heating related energy demand in the winter, however, much of this increase was offset by a decrease in cooling related electricity demand in the summer."

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