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From: "janson2997" <janson1997@...
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2004 19:31:25 -0000
Subject: [fuelcell-energy] U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions
U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rise
Friday, July 02, 2004
By Tom Doggett, Reuters
WASHINGTON � A colder winter in 2003 helped boost the amount of U.S.
energy-related carbon dioxide emissions spewed last year by 0.9
percent to 5,788 million metric tons, the government said on
Broken down by fuel type, petroleum accounted for the largest share
the emissions at 2,500 million metric tons, followed by coal at 2,166
million tons, and natural gas at 1,169 million tons, according to the
U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The Energy Department's analytical arm said colder weather last year
meant more fuel was used for home heating, increasing emissions. In
addition, high natural gas prices in 2003 caused industries to switch
to cheaper fuel such as coal and petroleum that produce more
emissions per unit, the agency said.
Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions account for 82 percent of all
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that many scientists believe cause
The energy sector produced less carbon dioxide emissions last year
than 2000, having fallen in 2001 by 1.8 percent and grown by 0.8
percent in 2002, EIA said.
Residential-based carbon dioxide emissions grew by 2.5 percent in
2003 as more houses were built, and emissions from the commercial
sector grew 1.3 percent as the economy improved.
For the industrial sector, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions
were unchanged, as industrial output grew by only 0.2 percent last
Emissions in the transportation sector increased 0.5 percent. While
gasoline demand was up 1 percent, a 35 percent jump in the use of
ethanol � a corn-based fuel additive � helped to moderate direct
emissions, EIA said.
The electric power sector saw a 0.2 percent decline in power
generation but a 2 percent rise in emissions as plants switched their
fuel from expensive natural gas to coal, which emits more carbon
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