Growth rate slows for U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases increased 1.4% in 1997 from the prior year, about half the rate of increase seen in 1996, reported the U.S. Energy Information Administration. These emissions, totaling 1.791 billion metric tons of carbon equivalent (tce), were nearly 10% higher than the 1990 level, the base year for international negotiations to limit greenhouse gas emissions (see related story, this page). EIA said the rate of growth in 1997 is a return to the average experienced for the rest of the decade, following a weather-induced increase in 1996 of 2.8%. The EIA report said that greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow less rapidly than the U.S. economy, which grew 3.8% i...

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