Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Despite Growing Global Economy, Global CO2 Emissions No Higher Than They Were In 2013 -- March 16,2 016

From  Oil & Gas Journal:
Emissions of carbon dioxide remained unchanged for the second year in a row in 2015 while the global economy continued to grow, according to preliminary data from the International Energy Agency.
CO2 emissions totaled 32.1 billion tonnes last year, about their level since 2013.
EIA said electricity generated by renewable energy “played a critical role.”
Renewable energy accounted for about 90% of new electricity generation in 2015, IEA said. Of that increment, wind accounted for more than half.
Apparently no credit is given for the #1 economy in the world switching from coal to natural gas. 

Considering how little intermittent energy accounts for total global energy, I would like to see a peer-reviewed study to back up the IEA's contention that the "good news" is due to wind and solar energy.

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