Large U.S. Power Plants Reduce CO2 4.5% since 2016

Total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.7 percent during President Trump’s first year in office, the Environmental Protection Agency announced this week.

The key findings reported emissions from large power plants had declined 4.5 percent since 2016 and 19.7 percent since 2011. Trump took office in January 2017 after Barack Obama’s eight years as president.

The statement by EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler complimented Trump’s regulatory reforms and noted emissions were falling even through a booming economy and higher energy production.

 “These achievements flow largely from technological breakthroughs in the private sector, not the heavy hand of government,” Wheeler said. “The Trump Administration has proven that federal regulations are not necessary to drive CO2 reductions. While many around the world are talking about reducing greenhouse gases, the U.S. continues to deliver, and today’s report is further evidence of our action-oriented approach.”

This is the seventh year of full data collection for most sectors under the program, and more than 8,000 large facilities reported 2017 GHG emissions to EPA, according to the agency.

The EPA release says that under Trump’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule—meant to replace Obama’s Clean Power—would lead to a 34 percent decrease in carbon dioxide emissions below 2005 levels. The Clean Power Plan set a goal of reducing CO2  about 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.


(Emissions: Cut It Out! is a key track of sessions at the upcoming POWER-GEN International conference and exhibition December 4-6 in Orlando. Click here for conference and registration information.)



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