US CO2 emissions declined 3.3% in 2008 on economy, weather

US power plants spewed less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2008 compared with the year before, but six states led by Oklahoma had increases of more than one million tonnes, according to the nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project (EIP).

The report attributes the 3.3% decline in CO2 output primarily to the weak economy which led to a drop in power generation. Milder than normal weather in the Fall and Winter was a secondary factor causing electricity demand to decline.

EIP officials cautioned that the one-year dip is a departure from the recent trends in power plant carbon dioxide emissions, which have risen 0.9 percent since 2003, and 4.5 percent since 1998, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

``Unfortunately, one year of improved data does not mean that we are Log in to read complete article.

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