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Down with Emissions
US Getting Greener, No Thanks to Greens

America is doing a lot better on the green front than you might think. The U.S. doesn’t have a carbon market or an extensive renewable energy subsidy scheme, but it did see a 3.4 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions from 2011 to 2012. That’s according to a new EPA report, which found that between 2005 and 2012, America’s emissions were literally decimated.

So who do we have to thank for this good green news? Though it will pain environmentalists to hear it, the report said that chief driver behind these recent emissions reductions has been the displacement of coal (a very dirty fossil fuel) with cleaner-burning natural gas:

The decrease from 2011 to 2012 was due to a decrease in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed to generate electricity due to a decrease in coal consumption, with increased natural gas consumption.

America’s shale revolution has given us a veritable bounty of cheap natural gas. So cheap, in fact, that it’s out-competing coal on price, something renewables show no signs of doing. There’s no denying it anymore: Shale gas is fracking green.

The U.S. is still mining coal, however, even as it burns less of the sooty rock, because it is exporting it to the world’s self-proclaimed environmental leader: Europe. In fact, Germany, which is in the process of phasing out its nuclear plants and propping up wind and solar energy with expensive subsidy schemes, is now burning more coal than it has in more than 20 years. While the U.S. is enjoying a fracking-led reduction in emissions, Germany actually saw an increase last year. Who’s the green paragon, now?

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  • Boritz

    We need legislation to greatly limit the use of natural gas for power generation thus forcing more use of coal. This must be combined with legislation requiring a carbon tax and the use of carbon credits to meet federal standards. This will help in two ways. Less power will be demanded because of its high cost and power will be rationed through brown-outs as supply falls below even the level of price driven reduced demand. This could be made to be carbon neutral by today’s standards and would nicely line the pockets of the carbon credit industry. This inconvenient lie is worth billions if not trillions with the right regulatory structure.

  • Arkeygeezer

    Carbon Dioxide is plant food, not a harmful gas; but the Urban Myth lives on!!

  • JollyGreenChemist

    Remember, the greens were for natural gas when it was expensive. Now that it is cheap and plentiful they have moved on to other rarer, more expensive forms of energy.

  • bigfire

    We must invest in unicorn power. The most pure energy imaginable. Who care if it doesn’t exist. If you wish for enough, it’ll come to be.

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