Increased use of coal sends U.S. carbon dioxide emissions higher

The federal Energy Information Administration reported Monday that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the United States rose in 2013, for the third time in three years, because of a small increase in coal consumption by utilities.

“Once all data are in, energy-related CO2 emissions in 2013 are expected to be roughly 2% above the 2012 level, largely because of a small increase in coal consumption in the electric power sector,” said the report. “Coal has regained some market share from natural gas since a low in April 2013; however the impact on overall emissions trends remains fairly small. Emissions in 2013 are slightly more than 10 percent below 2005 levels.”

Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector have declined in recent years thanks to weak economic growth, improved energy efficiency, the boom in natural gas and “decarbonization,” as natural gas and renewable sources like solar and wind displaced coal.

The EIA notes that while coal has been the largest source of electricity generation in the United States for over 60 years, its annual share of total net generation declined from 50% in 2007 to 37% in 2012 as  power producers switched to lower-priced natural gas. Wyoming mines the most coal, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Carbon dioxide emissions graphic courtesy of EIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Santa

    Special Interest Spends Billions Campaigning Against Regulation (EPA), Competition (Renewables), and trying to make this a political issue!

    In China Special Interest made it politcal! (its not) They can keep their SMOG!

    AMERICANS DESERVE CLEAN AIR/WATER

    • stevea526

      @Santa – “AMERICANS DESERVE CLEAN AIR/WATER”

      Agreed. However, CO2 is not pollution.

      • Steve Miller

        GET a CLUE

        • stevea526

          Hubris. What a surprise.

          • Steve Miller

            Yes sir.

          • Steve Miller

            Hubris means extreme pride. Thanks.. That’s me. Dumb statements by liars with only political agendas that hurt others or keeps their filthy ways alive are just evil.

          • stevea526

            @SM – “Hubris means extreme pride. Thanks.. That’s me”

            Hubris: excessive pride or self-confidence; ARROGANCE.

            Arrogance combined with ignorance leads people to incorrect conclusions that destroy lives. THAT’s you.

          • Steve Miller

            It is you that wants to destroy lives. If you believe that burning coal is safe. Your type kill people. I have extreme pride or as you say hubris on this subject. Ask the people in Illinois about the coal power plant. The ones who can still breath and have not died yet. Coal is safe…. blah blah blah…

          • stevea526

            Fine. Shut down the coal plants and let them die of exposure. Typical airhead logic of the Walking Left.

          • Steve Miller

            Exposure ? They are dying of cancer. You don’t care I am sure. Go back into the mine. I also love how it must be someone on the left. Wrong again. People care about the future even if you don’t. Not everyone is a paranoid as some of you people.

          • stevea526

            @SM – “They are dying of cancer. You don’t care I am sure.”

            Oh, grow up. If you’re on a mission to rid the world of cancer caused by the creations of mankind, then I’m sure you’re in favor of outlawing tobacco products, fast food, sugar, artificial sweeteners, tanning beds, and sun bathing. You must also, then, be willing to accept the social ills that will result, much like those of the Prohibition era: thuggery, murder, corruption, and death due to poor quality control of product. Yeah, those were the days.

            “Not everyone is a paranoid as some of you people.”

            You’re the Chicken Little in this theater of the absurd. Coal, for its few issues, has raised the living standards and increased the life expectancy of the world’s population. If you do not agree then you are living in a fantasy world.

            If you want to move from coal to gas, fine. If you’re entertaining nuclear, great! If you’re promoting solar and wind, lord help us.

          • Steve Miller

            Cancer from coal. .. You people seem to be paranoid. Yes nuclear would be better. You need to grow up silly boy. I never spoke of outlawing anything. I believe in freedom you don’t. I prefer to not breath your coal air. Spoken like a line boss at the mine.. Your kind are the reason we have to put Do Not Eat on the bag of Kingsford….. But you can eat it.

          • stevea526

            @SM – “I believe in freedom….”

            Yeah. Sure ya do.

          • stevea526

            @SM – Compare your one example to the HUNDREDS of coal plants providing clean, reliable power to millions of Americans. THEIR lives are made profoundly better because of coal. Take away their access to coal and you will have caused widespread misery and countless deaths. Also, “The Illinois Pollution Control Board agreed Thursday to give a Texas company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants, saying it would be an economic hardship for the company to do it sooner.” A solution is on the way and even the Democratically dominated Illinois government realizes that the plants do more good than harm.

            Whiney, ignorant Leftist.

          • Steve Miller

            obviously a coal worker . We don’t need any coal plants. They will be gone along with the lame like you. Yes they agreed. Isn’t amazing how people like you would not put the controls in place in the first place. Do you understand the meaning of a stop gap measure? Wow your life must really rely on coal… Defend away. Old tech going away. Illinois is broke and for now they did this. More good than bad. By who’s scale. As dumb as you are you don’t realize I am further from the left than you.

          • stevea526

            @SM – “We don’t need any coal plants. ”

            Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Good one.

            “Wow your life must really rely on coal”

            Yes, it does … for now. So does yours. And not a word from you on your rooftop solar array, backyard wind turbine, or carbon offset credits. If you’re going to talk the talk, you should also walk the walk. Else you are quite rightly labelled a hypocrite.

            “Old tech going away.’

            Nature of the beast.

            “As dumb as you are you don’t realize I am further from the left than you.”

            If your critical thinking skills were HALF as developed as your arrogance, you might actually be interesting to talk with. As it is, your comments are more emotional than rational so I am departing to find a more mature conversation.

          • Steve Miller

            Coal is just cheap. Not the best for power. Not a word from me on?? Bite my as-. You feel you can tell people to talk as you say? You never heard me say anything about anything like that at all. If people want to use solar it is fine with me. I just don’t care. Go to the mine. Tell the boss you stuck up for coal. Tell him you didn’t let anyone know we don’t really need coal. Please depart as you bore us.

          • Steve Miller

            That was after tests showed MCHM—the coal-washing chemical spilled into the Elk River last week. Coal is now a factor in the poison water in W Virginia.

        • chuck_in_st_paul

          Steve Miller, ya might want to read the latest from NASA (where Hansen just ‘retired’) SABER mission, or any of the dozens of other papers including the IPCC science document, not the political one. Here’s one for you:
          —————-
          Over at Principia Scientific International (PSI) greenhouse gas effect (GHE) critic, Alan Siddons is hailing the [NASA SABER mission] findings. Siddons and his colleagues have been winning support from hundreds of independent scientists for their GHE studies carried out over the last seven years. PSI has proved that the numbers fed into computer models by Hansen and others were based on a faulty interpretation of the laws of thermodynamics. PSI also recently uncovered long overlooked evidence from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) that shows it was widely known the GHE was discredited prior to 1951.
          —————-
          “We were seeing the atmosphere was being very strongly driven by the sun,” Kozyra said. “That’s very surprising.” – NASA’s SABER Mission [oh, so the sun drives atmospheric heating and cooling, who knew]

          • Steve Miller

            Don’t pick and choose the one that suits your agenda. I read the IPCC and understood it. If I read like you I pick what I want to hear out of it. The sun effects us ? NO SH-T Sherlock. It is too bad you actually exist.

      • Steve Miller

        Why is it rising ? You clown

    • BigDog40

      In China they shoot dissenters!

      • Steve Miller

        In China they make great Chinese food. What is you point

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  • Cash Allison

    What about All the “Green House Gas” coming from the Blowhard, in the White House ?

    • Steve Miller

      You are so unhappy just end it

  • BigDog40

    Since all the global warming turned out to be a hoax, those horrible Americans were probably trying to keep their homes warm this winter. In the future the government will require power plants to not increase their output in order to keep the lefty greenies happy. No bother if people freeze

    • Steve Miller

      Hoax ? Because you think so ?

      • jmoke jmoke

        No Steve, Because you should know better

        • Steve Miller

          I do know better than you. All you do is repeat the tired garbage over and over with everybody. The oil companies who never pollute or hurt the planet and want to keep doing this because they only work for love. They always tell you the truth, tell bp spill was just a few barrels and didn’t do any damage. Coal companies only have their workers and a health planet as job one. More than anything I wish you and dumbdog above were right. You know nothing. I am just a realist I would love to go into denial like you people. I pray you are right. There are no facts backing up your view. none. Yet you make this political somehow. Eat some lots of gulf shrimp please, Drink lots of W.Virginia water. Polar bears actually drowning because they can’t even get to what little ice is left is all a lie. It wouldn’t bother me so much but your lies and complete ignorance is hurting others. Be a good little puppet and find out what the boss man tells you to say next…

        • Steve Miller

          I always know better than you…

  • Santa

    Big Dog sounds like your an insecure little pup!

  • Thomas Jefferson

    The title is global warming — agenda 21 anti human propaganda. America needs coal plants and the nukes are leaking and need shut down. The plants breath CO2 and we need plants. The world is experiencing a CO2 low period, with levels at 300,000 year lows. Soon the plants will die. CO2 keeps glaciers away .. the Oceans Plankton need CO2 and humans need the plants to breath and make Oxygen.

    • Steve Miller

      I can fly ! dumbest garbage I ever read.

      • chuck_in_st_paul

        you really are a buffoon

        • Steve Miller

          I am sick of you morons using politics to hurt people.

    • jmoke jmoke

      I get you TJ. They managed to drop US birthrates so far and ruing the young people’s economy. Agenda 21 is real people. Go out and buy assault style rifles.

      • Steve Miller

        You get anything ? I doubt it.

    • Steve Miller

      We don’t need coal. Your boss told you we do.

  • Jorge

    More CO2 yet the planet has stopped warming.

    • Steve Miller

      Nothing has stopped warming fool .

      • Jorge

        The IPCC stated: “climate models had “significantly” overestimated global warming over the last 20 years — and especially for the last 15 years, which coincides with the onset of the hiatus.”

        • Steve Miller

          It is very likely that the rate of global mean sea level rise during the 21st century will exceed the rate

          observed during 1971–2010 for all RCP scenarios due to increased ocean warming and loss of mass

          from glaciers and ice sheets.
          Did you really read anything? /Can you? Who told little Jorge what to say ?

          • jmoke jmoke

            Steve with all due respect you need and education and real bad. This is like your religion The religion of Steve Miller where algore is her prophet, the scientists his god, and their phony peer reviewed climate journal is his bible. Let us pray:
            ALGORE is my shepherd; I shall not think.
            He maketh me lie down in Greeneth pastures:
            He leadeth me beside the still-freezing waters.
            He selleth my soul for CO2:
            He leadeth me in the paths of self-righteousness for his own sake.
            Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of reason
            I will fear all logic: for thou art with me and thinking for me
            Thy Gore’s family oil fortune and thy 10,000 square Gorey foot mansion,they comfort me.
            Thou preparest a movie in the presence of contradictory evidence:
            Thou anointest mine head with nonsense; my obedience runneth over.
            Surely blind faith and hysteria shall follow me all the days of my life:
            and I will dwell in the house of ALGORE forever……….
            See what I mean Steve?

          • Steve Miller

            This first of all is uneducated at best. If I ever see what you mean will mean I sustained a severe head injury. Your whole list that you send to many others over and over are stupid. Anyone can just look. I despise Al Gore but that has nothing to do with this.
            Tell the company you tried. Since send the same message all of the time have it edited.

          • Steve Miller

            Well I can spell. I can write a sentence that people understand.

          • Jorge

            What if it gets colder and there is more ice, Will the oceans recede?
            Because the Antarctic polar ice cap is at an all time high of ice cover. Hmmm….another prediction by your religion that is not panning out.

          • Steve Miller

            Religion ? You are a Moron.

          • Jorge

            Yes, your religion.
            Even with all these predictions global warming scientists making that do not come true and actually the opposite occurring and you still blindly believe, that is called religious belief.
            You guys have reverted to anything that occurs is a result of global warming because you cannot predict our climate 100 years from now. May be hotter, it may be colder.
            YOU DO NOT KNOW! I know God exist because I have faith, I cannot prove it nor can you prove global warming.

          • Jorge

            Yes, your religion.
            Even with all these predictions global warming scientists making that do not come true and actually the opposite occurring and you still blindly believe, that is called religious belief.
            You guys have reverted to anything that occurs is a result of global warming because you cannot predict our climate 100 years from now. May be hotter, it may be colder.
            YOU DO NOT KNOW! I know God exist because I have faith, I cannot prove it nor can you prove global warming.

        • Steve Miller

          It is virtually certain that global mean sea level rise will continue beyond 2100, with sea level rise due to

          thermal expansion to continue for many centuries. Longer term sea level rise depends on future

          emissions.

          I am really concerned how you cite something and when it is read it says nothing at all like you say. You would lie would you?

          • jmoke jmoke

            Actually sea levels are not rising. That’s a liberal created myth.

          • Steve Miller

            sea level are not rising ???? There are no forest fires ever. Volcanoes never erupt. Sorry can’t think of more but I am sure you could make up more stupid garbage.

          • Jorge

            Global warming alarmist predicted: more hurricanes, more tornadoes, more wild fires, less snow and continued melting of the polar ice caps. None of that came true and as a matter of fact we have record ice, low #s of storms and less wildfires.
            It is that big glowing orange ball in the sky that controls the majority of climate change.
            Explain to me how the state of New York was COVERED in ice a mere 12,000 years ago?

          • Steve Miller

            It is already happening what hole are you in ? As the last ice age was nearing the end the ice was melting back towards the north. It was not only NY it was in IL and WI across the region. What is the point. Most of the U.S. just went through a season of the worst storms ever. The most tornados in one day. You deny this why ??? Look out the window . Also it is not orange the orange you see is pollution. It is funny how the same people who told you about global warming are the same ones the told you about the last ice age. You chose what you want to believe.
            I wish you were right not just ignorant.

          • Jorge

            Your jibberish makes no sense.
            The Super Outbreak of tornadoes of 3–4 April 1974 remains one of the most outstanding severe convective weather episodes of record in the continental United States.
            The scientist back in the 70s blamed this on global cooling. Hilarious!

          • Steve Miller

            You just are so full of it. Take a moment and look into storms all by your little self. Look at what just happened in 2013. In 1974 it was local storms normal in nature.

          • Jorge

            Galveston Hurricane 1900 2nd most costly hurricane.
            Deadliest hurricane season was in 1780.
            Wow, these occurred way before the great CO2 increase. That does not fit your argument.
            But citing recent storms does, so continue to ignore the past so you can focus on your predictions of the future.

          • Steve Miller

            There were never storms before… Who the F said that.
            You are just a clown. I just don’t care what you think.

          • Steve Miller

            It was not the worst either in 1974 . 2011 was fool.

          • Steve Miller

            I also quit talking to clowns. So bye

        • Steve Miller

          The IPCC should not be mentioned by someone so ignorant. I dare any of you to actually read it. Jorge is counting on you not bothering to read it because he knows you are to lazy to do so. Just do as FOX and Rush say and all will be fine.

    • Steve Miller

      Stupid remark

  • Hedley Lamar

    This is good news. Coal is our most abundant and cheapest source of energy. It’s good for the economy.

    • Steve Miller

      Cheapest is always best. Tell the boss man you tried.

  • Steve Miller

    They needed a commission to figure this out ?

    • chuck_in_st_paul

      must be a light bulb joke in there somewhere Steve

      • Steve Miller

        There is.. How many can you install .. None of course.

  • DrGonzo7719

    And yet they’re still a fraction of the emissions from China and India. Get back to me when those two environmental disaster shows get their act together and then we can talk seriously.

    • Steve Miller

      Bahahahahaha

  • chuck_in_st_paul

    so many people so obsessed over a non event, ha ha ha ha, fools

    • Steve Miller

      Just dumb

  • jmoke jmoke

    The religion of Dana Hull where algore is her prophet, the scientists her god, and their phony peer reviewed climate journal is her bible. Let us pray:
    ALGORE is my shepherd; I shall not think.
    He maketh me lie down in Greeneth pastures:
    He leadeth me beside the still-freezing waters.
    He selleth my soul for CO2:
    He leadeth me in the paths of self-righteousness for his own sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of reason
    I will fear all logic: for thou art with me and thinking for me
    Thy Gore’s family oil fortune and thy 10,000 square Gorey foot mansion,they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a movie in the presence of contradictory evidence:
    Thou anointest mine head with nonsense; my obedience runneth over.
    Surely blind faith and hysteria shall follow me all the days of my life:
    and I will dwell in the house of ALGORE forever……….

    • Steve Miller

      Same daft comment you put everywhere.. ignorance has no limit

  • Jorge

    Steve Miller is very upset he has learned that the global warming HOAX has been revealed.
    His bloviating is producing too much CO2 for the planet.

    • Rip Croix

      You republicans want to turn the US into a China waste dump for a buck! Then what you will move offshore?

      • Jorge

        Who said I was a Republican?
        America has done a great job cleaning up the country and keeping it clean. Drive 20 miles out of your city and what do you see. Either forests or farms and very little trash or pollution.
        What a great country we have!

  • Christopher Pade

    If you go green you loose green. You can’t run industries on solar panels and windmills.

    • Jorge

      You can if you run a corn mill in the 1800s.

    • Steve Miller

      loose ?

    • Jeremy

      Actually you could. More energy falls on the Earth every day from the sun than the world uses in a year.

 
 
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