22 October 2013 — US greenhouse gas emissions fell to their lowest levels since 1994 last year even as the economy grew, according to a new report from the US Energy Information Administration.
Emissions declined 3.8 per cent in 2012, which is the biggest dip since 1990, bar the 2009 global financial crisis recession year.
While GDP increased by 2.8 per cent in 2012, energy consumption fell by 2.4 per cent.
However, half of the decline was said to be due to an unseasonably warm first quarter, dampening demand for heating in the residential sector.
The next biggest decline was in transport, where vehicle miles remained flat while more energy efficient cars entered the market.
Lower emission were also due to swapping out of coal for natural gas.
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