Chart: American CO2 Emissions Are WAY Down Due To Fracking


America’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have fallen 12 percent since 2005, due to increased natural gas production from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, according to a report published Monday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The EIA report attributes falling CO2 emissions to “decreased use of coal and the increased use of natural gas for electricity generation.” Natural gas emits about half the CO2 of coal power and is already cheaper than coal in many locations due to fracking. The EIA estimates that roughly 68 percent of the falling CO2 emissions are due to the switch from coal to natural gas.

Source: Energy Information Administration

Source: Energy Information Administration

Fracking, not government green policies, has caused CO2 emissions to drop sharply in 47 states and Washington, D.C., according to both Scientific American and other studies by the EIA.

Fracking cut more CO2 emissions than solar or wind power, according to a study published last November by the Manhattan Institute.

The study shows that solar power is responsible for a mere 1 percent of the decline in American CO2 emissions, while natural gas is responsible for nearly 20 percent. For every ton of carbon dioxide cut by solar power, fracking has cut 13 tons.

“The transition from coal to natural gas for electricity generation has probably been the single largest contributor to the … largely unexpected decline in U.S. CO2 emissions” says Berkeley Earth, concurring with more formal assessments from the Department of Energy.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 1,022 million tons, making them significantly lower than their peak in 2007.

The U.S. has reduced greenhouse gas emissions more than in any other country, a fact that even The Sierra Club acknowledges, though the group refuse to attribute the decline in emissions to natural gas a source of energy they oppose politically.

Posted by The Daily Caller.






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3 Comments on "Chart: American CO2 Emissions Are WAY Down Due To Fracking"

  1. Only 12% in ten years ? starting from as high as 18 metric tons of CO2 per capita per year ? How ridiculous ! Should have been at least 20% …

  2. And really, is it only due to fracking and switching to natural gas ? Are state and federal Clean air acts and car mileage improvements negligible ?

  3. Ignoring the economic downturn, which caused the massive drop into 2009, how much impact has natural gas had? The shale boom started in 2009, not 2005. Also, does this factor in the HUGE consumption of diesel fuel for all of the vehicles and generators it takes to support the wells? What about the massive flaring that went on for the first 5 years of drilling? What about the construction of their pipelines?

    Also, what impact was had from almost half a million vehicles being replaced by EVs, most of which are powered by renewable resources? My solar array alone reduces emissions by 11.75 tons of CO2 per year, and my EV offsets nearly 8 tons of CO2 per year. For the EV fleet as a whole, that is a collective reduction of 2,520,000 tons of CO2 per year, factoring in emissions from electricity if every EV was powered by a mix of coal and gas (which most of them are not).

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