Since 2006, the U.S. has seen the largest reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of any country or region, according to a recent report
from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report states that,
during this time, U.S. CO2 emissions have fallen by 7.7 percent or 430
million metric tons, primarily due to a decrease in coal use. This
decrease in carbon emissions is equal to eliminating the annual
greenhouse gas emissions from more than 84 million passenger vehicles or
more than 53 million homes.
While America has long been criticized by the international community
for not taking a leadership role in reducing carbon emissions, it’s
clear now that the work being done to move the country beyond coal is
having a significant effect. Coal was responsible for 33 percent of U.S.
electricity last month, down from 50 percent just 10 years ago.
According to analysis by the Vancouver Observer, CO2 emissions from the
average American are now at the same levels that they were in 1964.
What’s more, these reductions put America on track to meet and even
exceed the goal President Obama set in the Copenhagen Accord of
decreasing U.S. CO2 emissions by 17 percent by 2020.