EPA Says U.S. Greenhouse Gasses Fell 10 Percent Between 2005 and 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that U.S. greenhouse gasses have fallen by 10 percent since 2005. The EPA's annual report on greenhouse gases also found that greenhouse gas emissions fell 3.4 percent over 2012.
"U.S. emissions decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012," the report states. "Recent trends can be attributed to multiple factors including reduced emissions from electricity generation, improvements in fuel efficiency in vehicles with reductions in miles traveled, and year-to-year changes in the prevailing weather. Greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 were 10 percent below 2005 levels."
The EPA tracked carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride emissions equivalent to 6,526 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
The electricity energy industry accounted for 32 percent of emissions with transportation and the industrial sector coming next.
The report was compiled in accordance with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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