US carbon emissions rose 2 percent in 2013

Despite the GOP's push to dub President Obama's climate regulations a "war on coal," the energy source made a comeback in 2013, pushing carbon emissions higher.

The Energy Department's stat shop reports that carbon dioxide emissions rose by 2 percent in 2013 from 2012 levels — in part because of a small uptick in coal consumption in the power sector.

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It is the first increase in emissions in the last three years. The majority of carbon emissions come from energy-related uses like power plants and transportation.

"Coal has regained some market share from natural gas since a low in April 2013; however the impact on overall emissions trends remains fairly small," the Energy Information Administration said on Monday.

Emissions are still more than 10 percent below 2005 levels. The information administration expects the U.S. to reach a 17-percent reduction in emissions by 2020 — a goal set by the Obama administration.