Seeing the Silver Lining

Trending: greenhouse gas emissions are down and renewables are up.

February 05, 2015

Encouraging news on the climate change front! (No, seriously.) Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a group that analyzes the industry, just released its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, and according to the report, we’ve made some really important progress in recent years.

For one, our greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector, which account for 83 percent of the country's carbon output, are down about 9 percent since 2007. That’s thanks to advances in energy efficiency and changes to how we generate electricity. Which brings us to another great development: Wind and solar have tripled their capacity since 2008. Keep up the good work, America! (No, seriously.)

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