A Tectonic Shift in America’s energy Landscape: 2014

US Natural Resources Defence Council:
Third Annual Energy Report: Oct 2015

The United States is leading a global clean energy transition that reached new milestones over the past year:

  • Coal and electricity consumption down nationwide
  • Oil use flat
  • Renewable energy surging
  • Sustained progress in energy efficiency.  Energy efficiency has been the most important contributor to the positive trends, the largest and least expensive way to meet the nation’s energy needs. Smarter use has allowed America to get more work out of less energy while pushing our economy forward and cutting residential, business, and industrial customers’ bills.
  • America’s first nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants
  • California enacted the world’s most ambitious combined clean energy targets: Total emissions must drop at least 80 percent by 2050.
  • In 2014 the US emitted less carbon dioxide pollution from its energy sector than in 1996. The 2014 emissions were 10% down from 2005.  The total was still far too high.
  • In 2014, oil consumption dropped below levels recorded in 1973, when the U.S. economy was about one-third its current size.
  • The US is off to a good start toward meeting President Obama’s commitment to cut carbon pollution by more than a quarter over the next decade through actions under existing law.

US Natural Resources Defence Council:
http://www.nrdc.org/energy/energy-environment-report/files/energy-environment-report-2015.pdf

Key Words: Climate Change, international, technology
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