Transportation Is Now The Number One Contributor To CO2 Emissions In The U.S.

Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles are growing in popularity but this hasn’t managed to stop the transportation sector from becoming the number one source of CO2 emissions in the United States.

According to Bloomberg, power plants were the key contributor to CO2 emissions for the past 40 years but the transition from coal to cleaner alternatives – such as natural gas and solar power – has dramatically reduced the amount of emissions that are produced.

As the U.S. Energy Information Administration notes, power plants produce approximately 1.8 billion metric tons of CO2 annually while the transportation sector now generates slightly more than that. However, this isn’t due to dirtier vehicles as the agency says since 2000 the United States has been experiencing the “flattest stretch of transportation-related pollution in modern record keeping.”

The reduction in emissions helps to limit climate change as well as the severity of various ailments such as asthma and heart disease. Unfortunately, these gains could be in jeopardy as President Trump has been pushing a return to coal. The President is also considering easing fuel economy standards which are set to take place in a few years.

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  • Craig

    And aren’t there FEWER plants because jobs have gone elsewhere?

  • brn

    CO2? Good to know I’m feeding the trees.

    • Silimarina

      Also good to know that you contributed in killing 200.000 americans earlier each year due to smog…

      • brn

        The primary offenders in smog are CO, O2, and SO2. Not CO2, hence my attempt at humor.

        Jokes aren’t as funny if you need to explain them. 🙁

        • Silimarina

          Well, sometimes it’s hard to tell when a person is joking and when he is serous

      • Blackwater

        Co2 isn’t smog, idiot.

        Co2 is PLANT FOOD, and plants create OXYGEN, you illiterate moron.

        Go learn so science.

  • LJ

    I’ve created the cure. Now I just need to create the disease.

  • TheBelltower

    Totally misleading. Commercial traffic caused most of the CO2 gasses. Not commuter traffic.

    • SteersUright

      I wonder how much alone is attributed to Semi Trucks, Ships and Airplanes? And how much of that could be curtailed by localizing production and agriculture somewhat?

  • Blackwater

    Carbon dioxide (Co2) is NOT A “pollutant” Co2 is arguably THE most important element for all life on Earth.

    People pushing the “climate change” SCAM belong in prison.

    • Awroo

      For the children who might be reading this comment, this is why you should stay in school. If you don’t you might end up as dumb as this guy.