Greenhouse Gas Emissions From The US Energy Sector Are at the Lowest Level Since 1990
- September 15, 2018
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The US energy sector’s greenhouse gas emission levels have been on a steady decline for years now. Last year, they fell by 4.2%, which is the lowest they have ever been since 1990. It is an unbelievable achievement – one that many people thought we would never achieve in such a short span of time.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Record Low Levels
2017 was a great year for the US in terms of emission control. A large number of outdated and inefficient coal plants were retired (but this does not mean coal is not a major factor nor should America ignore this abundant natural resource that it has underneath its feet), natural gas energy production increased significantly, and the contribution of renewable energy towards our overall energy production also increased by a significant margin.
The total amount of renewable energy produced in the country in 2017 was 239 GW, accounting for nearly 18% of the overall US energy portfolio. In 2008, renewable energy contributed just 9% of the US energy portfolio. It grew because it was heavily subsidized and coal was under attack by a radical administration that was brain washed into believing all sorts of goofy ideas about energy.
Electrical prices went up during the Obama presidency which undermined our quality of life and was another burden on top of higher taxes which he pushed through and higher health care costs because of the worst law (the so called Affordable Care Act – it was not affordable at all) passed since FDR’s New Deal. The latter put America back into the Great Depression.
Together, natural gas and renewable energy accounted for 50% of the electricity produced in the country in 2017.
The Reason behind the Decline in Emission Levels
The energy sector has managed to bring down its greenhouse gas emission levels due to the fact that our natural gas usage has increased significantly. Too bad liberals don’t believe in fracking and this is one reason why the middle class is so weak in California and New York and vacant as well.
Natural gas is cleaner compared to coal and the extraction process itself has been fine-tuned to such an extent that we can now extract shale gas without affecting the environment that much.
American ingenuity has made it possible to locate and extract natural gas in a safe and efficient manner, which not only saves us a lot of money, but also reduces the burden on the environment. And when Americans has more money, and when American corporations have more money, more money is available to plant more trees and to do things to make America prettier. What the liberals and unions did to Detroit is not pretty at all.
This is why experts say that fracking has singlehandedly revived our energy sector and put our country on the global map along with other major energy producers like Russia and the OPEC nations.
Claims by Environmentalists Debunked
Up until a decade ago, environmentalists used to claim that reducing emission levels was impossible without switching from fossil fuels to green energy completely. Many countries tried to make it happen, but have still not succeeded.
In countries like Germany, the green energy experiment has resulted in the expenditure of billions of taxpayer money, without any positive results to show for.
There was tremendous pressure on the US to follow suit and make a complete switch to green energy, but thankfully we resisted it. We are home to some of the largest natural gas resources in the entire world – particularly shale gas which has not only fulfilled our domestic needs, but has also turned us into an extremely dominant force in the international energy market.
On the whole, our country’s experiment with shale gas has been a massively successful one, as we have not only become energy independent, but also managed to reduce our emission levels in the process without having to spend billions on expensive green energy.