Fracking impact on CO2 cuts in US emissions ‘a myth’

July 29, 2015 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Politicians have argued that the US was able to significantly reduce CO2 between 2007 and 2013 because of fracking.

But scientists now believe an 11% cut in emissions in that period was chiefly due to economic recession.

The biggest drop in emissions took place when the recession was really beginning to bite between 2007 and 2009 when CO2 fell by almost 10%, due to a sharp decline in the volume of consumed goods.

If we are serious about tackling climate change, the authors say, we need to find more effective solutions that deal with the root causes.

“We need to rethink the amount of stuff that people are consuming – one could also tax the dirty stuff, one could think of a tax on more polluting items, driven by environmental reasoning,” says Prof Hubacek.

“If you want a low carbon future, then why don’t you focus on low carbon stuff rather than investing in the wrong alternative which is in my mind, gas.”

Read the full article HERE on BBC.

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Entry filed under: Carbon_Emissions, Climate, Energy.

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