Retiring Coal Plants, Renewables Will Cut CO2 Emissions

Newswire—Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are expected to decrease for the next 11 years as coal plants retire and the nation moves more toward renewable energy sources. 
By L.M. Sixel, The Houston Chronicle
CO2 emissions, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere and increases global temperatures, will also drop in the U.S. transportation sector as rising fuel efficiency more than offsets the increase in travel and freight, according to the Department of Energy.  The predictions assumes no new laws and regulations on CO2 emissions.

But the Energy Department predicts that CO2 emissions in the United States will resume their growth trajectory after 2031, the consequence of more demand from the transportation and industrial sectors that is expected to boost consumption of oil and natural gas. Residential and commercial related energy sector emissions are expected to remain largely unchanged.

Still, U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions in 2050 would be 4 percent lower than they were in 2019, according to the Energy Department.

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