Colder weather in 1996 boosted U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that colder than average weather in 1996 caused a substantial increase in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. It said U.S. carbon dioxide emissions grew 3.5% in 1996, compared with 1995, to almost 1.5 billion metric tons. Emissions of the principal greenhouse gases as a group (CO2, methane, nitrogen oxides, and certain other gases) increased 3.4% to 1.75 billion tons of carbon equivalent (tce). U.S. emissions in 1996 were 8.3%, or 135 million tce, higher than in 1990. The EIA report said much of the rise in emissions from 1995 to 1996 was caused by colder-than-normal temperatures early in the year, which led to an increase in dema...

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