Energy & Environment

Study finds greenhouse gas emissions fall, calls on Trump to further strengthen regulations


Preliminary greenhouse gas emissions fell last year, largely due to a drop in coal consumption, but there was less progress in other sectors, a new study has found. 

After an uptick in 2018, greenhouse gas emissions decreased 2.1 percent in 2019, according to a study from the research provider Rhodium Group

Coal-fired power generation decreased by 18 percent to the lowest level since 1975, researchers found. 

However, natural gas generation rose and emissions from other sectors like buildings and industry also increased. 

The study also called on the Trump administration to strengthen regulations on certain sectors to employ what it has deemed “low-cost” technology solutions to reduce emissions.

“The industrial, agriculture, and waste sectors remain largely untouched, either by policy or technology innovation. Industry is now a larger source of emissions than coal-fired power generation, and growing,” it said. “There are low-cost technology solutions to reduce oil and gas methane emissions, but their deployment at scale requires strengthening regulations that the Trump Administration instead has been weakening.”

Researchers also determined that the U.S. is “at risk” of missing its 17 percent reduction target by the end of 2020 under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord and that the country is “a long way off” from the 26 percent to 28 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction agreed to in the Paris climate agreement.

President Trump last year began to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, which he has slammed as “job-killing.”

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