Carbon Emissions Rise After Years of Decline

An increase in coal consumption in the power sector has reversed the downward trend in U.S. carbon emissions, according to the most recent figures released by the Department of Energy.

According to The Hill, the 2% increase in 2013 from 2012 levels is the “first increase in emissions in the last three years. The majority of carbon emissions come from energy-related uses like power plants and transportation.”

Inside Climate News: “In a brief analysis, the DOE’s statistical arm said it expected emissions from coal to continue rising from 2013 to 2014, and emissions from gas to fall.”

“The energy forecasts don’t factor in changes in policy that might help get emissions back on a downward track, such as tighter rules on smokestack emissions at power plants or the extension of tax breaks for renewables, including a subsidy for wind that expired at the end of 2013.”

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