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U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall to Lowest Since 1991

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have fallen to their lowest level since 1991, thanks to natural gas and hydro power gaining a greater share of the U.S. electricity mix. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), emissions through the first six months of 2016 were the lowest in 25 years. Importantly, electricity prices declined by 2 percent compared to 2015 prices.

The EIA reports a 20-percent decline in coal-powered electricity generation during the first half of 2016 compared to 2015. Natural gas power, by contrast, rose 8 percent and hydropower rose 11 percent. Nuclear power rose by 1 percent.

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have steadily declined since 2008, when the fracking revolution dramatically and lowered natural gas prices. Low-priced natural gas can often outcompete coal on an economic front, while also cutting carbon dioxide emissions in half.

Which is the "not so good" part of the news. We need to also be aware of some of the issues around fracking - see http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-14432401 and non-disclosures have often been enforced around court cases making it difficult to get to the truth under oath - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-06-06/drillers-silence-fracking-claims-with-sealed-settlements.

Read the main article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2017/01/02/u-s-carbon-dioxide-emissions-fall-to-lowest-since-1991/

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