Pollutant Emissions In The Us Increased By 3.4% In 2018, The Second Highest Since 1996

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Despite the record shutdown of coal-fired power plants, US pollutant emissions have rebounded strongly during 2018. According to the report by the research firm Rhodium Group, emissions increased by 3.4%.

This is the second largest increase since 1996. From the report it is also known that emissions in the manufacturing industry increased by 5.7%. Emissions from the transport sector increased by 1%.

Furthermore, the report also describes that these industries are largely ignored when designing renewable energy or energy efficiency development policies  .

The analyst Rhodium, Trevor Houser told The New York Times.

“The important thing to me is that we have not yet successfully decoupled growth in US emissions from economic growth.”

Paris climate agreement.

Regarding this issue, the Washington Post reported:

“The latest increase makes it increasingly unlikely that the United States will deliver on the promise made by the Obama administration in the run-up to the Paris climate accord, where they pledged that the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions between 26 and 28% below 2005 levels. By 2025 ”.

Former President Obama focused his  policy on key climate actions to achieve this goal. These include regulations on power plants and fuel efficiency in transportation.

Policies that unfortunately were not enough. The United States has never really been on track to comply with the Paris agreement. With the new administration and Trump policies, there have been movements that weaken and reverse the efforts made so far, so if before it was far away, now it is even further away from that goal.


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Among the great existing concern, many are the opinions that ratify the difficulty of complying with the Paris agreement.

Jason Bordoff, Director of the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, says:

“USA. it has led the world in reducing emissions in the last decade, thanks in large part to cheap gas that replaced coal ”.

“But everything has its limits, and markets alone will not reach the necessary rate of decarbonization without efforts in much more determined climate policies that, sadly, stagnate if not reversed under the Trump administration.”

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