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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue Downward Trend


WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S. carbon emissions in 2017 were the lowest they’ve been since 1992, according to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Additionally, per-capita emissions were the lowest they’ve been since 1950. This trend is in large part thanks to increasing efficiencies in industry and increased use of lower-emitting energy sources such as renewable energy and natural gas. In contrast, carbon emissions rose in a majority of European countries last year, according to European Union data, and rose in China as well, according to industry data.

The Energy and Commerce Committee continues to lead the way when it comes to modernizing the nation’s energy infrastructure and developing innovative solutions to improve the efficiency of the nation’s pipeline network and electric grid. In June, #SubEnergy held a hearing on the geopolitics of oil and gas where Members examined the contributions of the shale revolution toward lowering emissions, among other things.

Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Learn more about the U.S. EIA report HERE.

For more information on the committee’s work on energy infrastructure, click HERE.