Man, I love getting updates from the Energy Information Administration.
Today the agency sent out charts of carbon dioxide emissions from coal, natural gas and petroleum in the first three months of every year from 1992 to 2012. Normally, emissions are highest in those months because it’s cold and people are burning a lot of fossil fuels for heat.
But this year, total CO2 emissions from energy use hit a 20-year low in the first three months.
Within that window, emissions from burning petroleum were the lowest they’ve been since 1996 and emissions from burning coal were the lowest since 1983!
According to the EIA, the decline in emissions can be attributed to three factors:
- A mild winter
- A decline in coal-fired power (largely because of low natural gas prices)
- Less demand for gasoline