Also, for the first time in more than 20 years, in 2010 CO2 emissions grew at a faster annual rate than did the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of national output in goods and services, according to data from EIA, an independent agency in the Department of Energy. In 2010, GDP increased by 3.0% and CO2 emissions jumped 3.9%. Historically, GDP economic growth has far outstripped CO2 emissions growth, notes a report released last month by EIA, which accompanies the data. The report, “U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions, 2010,” shows a change in a 20-year trend in which CO2 emissions have increased by about 12%, while GDP has grown by 63%.
by Jeffrey W. Johnson |
September 05, 2011