US fos­sil-fuel emis­sions are the low­est since 1991

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

The United States pumped out the least cli­mate-chang­ing fos­sil-fuel pol­lu­tion in the first six months of this year than at any time since 1991.

The U.S. En­ergy In­for­ma­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ported those find­ings Wednes­day.

En­ergy of­fi­cials say that’s in part be­cause the first half of this year was the third-warm­est on record for that pe­riod in the United States. The num­ber of days that Amer­i­cans needed to turn on their heat­ing dropped to the low­est level since at least 1949.

Fed­eral en­ergy of­fi­cials also credit grow­ing use of re­new­able en­ergy like solar and wind. Amer­i­cans used 18 per­cent less coal in the first half of 2016 com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

En­ergy of­fi­cials say that more than off­set a 1 per­cent in­crease in gaso­line con­sump­tion ow­ing to cheaper gas.

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