The findings, published Tuesday by the independent economic research firm Rhodium Group, mean that the United States now has a diminishing chance of meeting its pledge under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2025.
While the Rhodium report notes these figures - pulled from US Energy Information Administration data and other sources - are estimates, The Global Carbon Project, another research group, also reported a similar increase in US emissions for 2018.
Though I should note that the larger vehicles were getting more fuel-efficientunder increasingly stringent Obama administration fuel-efficiency standards, which Trump has moved to freeze.Consumers are showing some interest in electric vehicles, but they remain expensive and we still dont have the infrastructure in place to wit, plentiful and publicly accessible charging stations to make them more practical for more consumers.
Americans understand global warming, yet we continue practices that increase carbon emissions.Americans seem to be stuck in one of those do as we say, not as we do conundrums when it comes to recognizing the connection between climate-altering carbon emissions and how we conduct ourlives.New findings published Tuesday estimatethat U.S. carbon emissions increased 3.4% last year, driven primarily by a booming economy, which consumed more electricity, and people buying less-efficient vehicles and driving more miles, including shippers.Despite recent gains in adding renewable resources, coal and natural gas still account for 62% of domestic electricity production, which means increased demand causes increased emissions.The findings track with preliminary estimates releasedlast monthand with reports at the international climate forum in Katowice, Poland, that humankind is failing to take sufficient steps to avoid the worst effects of global warming.So whats the conundrum?
The latest growth makes it increasingly unlikely that the United States will achieve a pledge made by the Obama administration in the run-up to the Paris climate agreement, that the country would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025.
U.S. carbon emissions jumped 3.4% in 2018—the biggest rise in 8 years
US carbon emissions spike in 2018 to their highest levels in eight years
Even at home, people without a garage or driveway are unable to charge the vehicles, let alone folks who live in multi-unit rental properties.Another part of the problem is that technology has yet to come up with batteries that give cars the kind of range that a tank of gas provides, though engineers are working on it.
US carbon emissions rose sharply in 2018 after three years of decline
US carbon dioxide emissions rose an estimated 3.4% in 2018, according to new research — a jarring increase that comes as scientists say the world needs to be aggressively cutting its emissions to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change.
We know that climate change is real, we know that human activity is propelling it, yet we persist with activities that add to the problem and fail to take sufficient steps to mitigate it.
Carbon emissions increased by 3.4% in 2018. It’s the second largest annual gain in more than two decades
Global emissions also reached a record high in 2018, and the increase in the United States goes hand in hand with rising emissions in other countries, such as China and India, said Michael Mehling, deputy director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"The big takeaway for me is that we haven't yet successfully decoupled US emissions growth from economic growth," Rhodium climate and energy analyst Trevor Houser told the New York Times.
So even as we recognize that burning gasoline in our engines adds to global warming, were moving away from the more efficient vehicles in favor of the less-efficient but larger SUVs and light trucks.
US carbon emissions were falling pretty steadily the past couple years. Now, new data shows that emissions spiked by 3.4 percent in 2018. Upshot: The world’s second-largest emitter has all but abandoned efforts to mitigate the effects of a warming world.
New: Carbon emissions rose sharply in the US last year after three years of decline. Emissions increased by 3.4% in 2018 marking the second largest annual gain in more than two decades, according to data analyzed by the Rhodium Group.
Carbon emissions in the United States fell for three straight years. Then, in 2018, they surged. @yayitsrob reports on an ominous trend:
All this presents something of a problem for the Trump administration which has been happy to point to declining US emissions as a reason to roll back many of the environmental protection regulations put in place by his predecessor.
US carbon emissions surged in 2018. A record number of coal plants closed, too. So what happened? - more Americans flew - more goods shipped by truck - a frigid winter meant higher heating-oil use - natural gas is so cheap that it ate up coals declines
As a part of undoing what he called a "war on coal", in 2017, Mr Trump rescinded the Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions to meet US commitments under the Paris accord.
U.S. carbon dioxide emissions were up an estimated 3.4% last year, @rhodium_group says. “We have lost momentum on efforts to steer the world toward a more sustainable future, @StanfordEarths Rob Jackson tells the Washington Post.
The latest emissions data comes as the world’s scientists have called the global climate problem more urgent than previously thought — making the United States’ emissions trends and its path to withdraw from the Paris agreement more consequential.
America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4% in 2018, the biggest increase in 8 years. The Trump administration only takes us backwards—we cant afford any more rollbacks! #MomsDisapprove