Carbon emissions grow at lowest level since 1983--Thank a fracker

Fuel Fix:
In the past three years, carbon emissions have risen at the slowest pace worldwide since the early 1980s, a development bolstered last year by an oil bust, declining coal and rapidly growing renewable energy, BP says.

In an annual report on energy data Tuesday, the British oil company said carbon emissions inched upward by 0.1 percent in 2016, marking the third year in a row in which emissions fell or stayed flat and the lowest three-year average since 1981 to 1983.

In the United States, the world's second-largest emitter after China, carbon emission have fallen from a recent peak of 6.13 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2007 to 5.35 billion last year, amid a surge in natural gas production and a dramatic decline in coal at power plants. China put out 9.12 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide last year, down from a recent peak of 9.22 billion in 2014.
I think renewables are the least important cause of this reduction.  They only account for less than four percent of the energy produced.  It is the increased use of natural gas that is lowering the emissions.  That is a direct result of the shale revolution that the anti-energy left opposed.


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