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U.S. CO2 emis­sions spike up­ward

U.S. car­bon diox­ide emis­sions shot up 3.4 per­cent last year, the big­gest in­crease in eight years, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished this week. The spike, af­ter three years of de­cline, oc­curred de­spite a near-record num­ber of coal plants clos­ing last year, and grow­ing use of al­ter­na­tive-fuel ve­hi­cles and re­new­able power sources. An­a­lysts at the Rhodium Group say the uptick is the re­sult of a surg­ing econ­omy, with a man­u­fac­tur­ing boom lead­ing to a 5.7 per­cent in­crease in emis­sions from in­dus­trial sec­tors. Green­house gas emis­sions peaked at 6 bil­lion met­ric tons in 2007, just be­fore the start of the Great Re­ces­sion. The Rhodium re­port comes in ad­vance of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s tally of car­bon emis­sions, which won’t be re­leased un­til 2020.

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