U.S. overall energy related emissions are 12% below 2005 levels, and electricity generated related emissions are that of 1993.
Guest essay by Larry Hamlin
EIA data and analysis shows that U.S. CO2 emissions peaked in the years 2005 and 2007 at about 6 billion metric tons per year and have steadily declined since then with 2015 CO2 emissions being 12% below ((http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=26152&src=email#)) emission levels of 2005.
EIA identifies that the increased use of natural gas for U.S. electricity generation has resulted in 2015 CO2 emissions for the electric power sector being the lowest since 1993 (http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=26232).
Furthermore EIA data shows that in 2016 lower CO2 emissions natural gas fuel use will surpass coal fuel use for the first time in the generation of U.S. electricity (http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=25392) with further CO2 emissions reductions occurring in the future.
Additionally EIA has just released its latest International Energy Outlook report for 2016 (http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/ieo/) which provides global energy and emissions most recent results and forecast data through the year 2040.
The report shows global CO2 emissions climbing steadily from 2012 levels of about 32 billion metric tons per year to more than 43 billion metric tons per year in 2040 (http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/ieo/pdf/ieotab_10.pdf) while U.S. CO2 emissions remain flat at about 5.5 billion metric tons per year through out this period which is about 1/2 billion metrics tons per year below its peak emissions years of 2005 and 2007.
This latest EIA data shows that virtually all future growth in global CO2 emissions comes from the worlds developing nations (http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=26252) while the developed nations including the U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia and other regions have largely flat future CO2 emission levels.
EIA forecasts future global energy use to climb by 48% by 2040 (http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=26212) with more than 78% of global energy provided then by fossil fuels, 8% from hydro, 6% from nuclear, 5% from wind and solar and 3% from geothermal and biomass.
These latest EIA reports data and analysis clearly shows that the U.S. is not a contributor to increasing future global CO2 emission levels, has taken advantage of energy market price driven lower cost natural gas to replace use of coal fuel thus reducing both energy costs and lowering CO2 emissions and that despite worldwide government mandated massive renewable energy subsidizes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellynch/2015/12/02/energy-subsidies-2-real-numbers/#718355df7067) fossil fuels will remain the primary driver of global energy production for many decades
The U.S. does not need to pursue Obama’s ill-conceived government war on coal schemes which will needlessly cost our citizens hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary expenditures (http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/energy/item/11160-sky-high-electric-bills-courtesy-of-obama-epa’s-war-on-coal). The U.S. already reduced CO2 emissions since the peak levels of 2005 and 2007 and has future CO2 emissions growth stabilized at lower levels because of the extraordinary benefits brought about by natural gas fracking which has increased gas production and lowered natural gas costs thereby allowing for the economically beneficial replacement of coal fuel with the additional benefit of reduced CO2 emissions.
Why is this remarkable success story not being presented to the public by the media? Is this just another example of climate alarmist media bias?