by Brian Isom, Research Manager
Posted January 31, 2019 In Scholar Commentary

On January 15th, the US Energy Information Administration released a report highlighting expected trends in energy production and consumption through 2020. Among those highlights was a forecast that US carbon emissions are expected to fall in both 2019 and 2020, continuing a decade-long trend of carbon emission reduction in the US. This is encouraging for multiple reasons.

When this trend began a decade ago, hydraulic fracturing was revolutionizing the oil and gas industry. While the technology had been around for decades, it was advancements made in the 1990s and early 2000s that made it a commercial success. Massive underground reservoirs of oil and gas that were previously inaccessible were now economically viable options. Natural gas has now overtaken a large portion of coal-based energy production in the United States. Because natural gas generation emits significantly less carbon dioxide than coal-fired generation, emissions have been falling…

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