According to a new report out this week from Greenpeace, the United States saw a steady drop in the amount of carbon that was released into the atmosphere between 2007 and 2013. During this six year time period, carbon emissions fell 16 percent, which coincided with a 21 percent reduction in the amount of coal that the country consumed. This was due, in part, to the increased reliance on natural gas resources from fracking, which saw a 23 percent gain during this time.
But the major contributor to this reduction in carbon emissions was how much more heavily the United States has come to rely on renewable sources of energy, as well as energy-efficient technology. New measures that have been adopted by federal, state and local governments in these two areas are responsible for 70 percent of the total drop in carbon consumption.
"The supposed climate benefits of fracking have been a big selling point for the shale lobby, but this myth has now been cut down to size by compelling new evidence," Greenpeace energy analyst Lauri Myllyvirta said in the report. "Our analysis shows that it was the clean tech boom, not the fracking rush, that slashed the bulk of carbon emissions from the US power sector."
Experts stress that there must be even more reliance on energy-efficient technologies and renewable sources of power in order to combat the impact of global climate change. This report should resonate with those who are in charge of making energy policies for the country.
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