U.S. coal burning up 11% in 2013; Gas use down 14%; CO2 emissions increasing 2013-14

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Power plants in the United States are burning coal more often to generate electricity, reversing the growing use of natural gas and threatening to increase domestic emissions of greenhouse gases after a period of decline, according to a federal report.

Coal’s share of total domestic power generation in the first four months of 2013 averaged 39.5%, compared with 35.4% during the same period last year, according to the Energy Information Administration, the analytical branch of the Energy Department.

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2 thoughts on “U.S. coal burning up 11% in 2013; Gas use down 14%; CO2 emissions increasing 2013-14”

  1. Took them forever to get around to mentioning that the difference was likely due to economics, coal is the lower-cost energy source this year.

  2. “… and threatening to increase domestic emissions of greenhouse gases…” If greenhouse gases actually were causing any harm, the phrase “…threatening…” would mean something. In the real world, it’s just biased reporting.

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