Appalachian Basin Spearheading U.S. CO2 Reductions Due to Increased Natural Gas Use
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows that the Appalachian Basin saw significant carbon emissions reductions from 2005 to 2015, both in the electricity generation sector and overall. In fact, Ohio led the nation by reducing its overall emissions by a whopping 57 million metric tons (MMT) and emissions from electricity generation by 50 MMT.
When combined, the Appalachian Basin (Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) accounted for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions reductions and 21.5 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions reductions for electricity generation. And it can all be traced to increased natural gas use made possible by fracking.
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