Vehicles are now US biggest CO2 source

Transport overtook power generation for climate-warming emissions in 2017. For the first time in more than 40 years, the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US isn’t electricity production but transport – cars, trucks, planes, trains and shipping.

 

 

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At the same time, administration is reviewing or tearing up regulations that would set tougher emissions standards for car and truck companies. Republicans in Congress are also pushing new fuel economy rules they say will lower costs for American drivers but could also weaken emissions standards.

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But in 2016, about 1.9bn tons of carbon dioxide emissions were emitted from transportation, up nearly 2% on the previous year. EPA lost its purpose

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But does this mean CO2 emitted from electricity production is down, or just vehicle production of CO2 is up?

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8 minutes ago, JohnAtronis said:

But in 2016, about 1.9bn tons of carbon dioxide emissions were emitted from transportation, up nearly 2% on the previous year. EPA lost its purpose

Related to that, total of 553 passenger-car models will no longer be manufactured in China under rules set to take effect with the new year as the world's biggest polluter moves to reduce air pollution. 

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3 minutes ago, TraderTate said:

But does this mean CO2 emitted from electricity production is down, or just vehicle production of CO2 is up?

Well, there are few factors. Cheap gasoline prices have led to a recent uptick in vehicle emissions, despite the fuel standards. Also, Americans are buying larger cars and taking more flights – domestic aviation emissions grew 10% between 2012 and 2016 – and face little opposition in doing so.

 

 

 

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Transport accounts for about a quarter of all US planet-warming emissions but also poses a direct health threat to about 45 million Americans who live, work or attend school within 300ft of roads that are shrouded in high air pollution levels.

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7 minutes ago, Joanna said:

Well, there are few factors. Cheap gasoline prices have led to a recent uptick in vehicle emissions, despite the fuel standards. Also, Americans are buying larger cars and taking more flights – domestic aviation emissions grew 10% between 2012 and 2016 – and face little opposition in doing so.

 

 

 

France’s move to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 would be politically unthinkable in the States. Can you even imagine?

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2 minutes ago, Stephen said:

France’s move to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 would be politically unthinkable in the States. Can you even imagine?

Well there are some studies that forecasted that by 2040 as much as 90%of all cars in the US will be electric. But the current fact is that petroleum-fueled vehicles are cheaper than their electric counterparts by most new buyers. Affordable gasoline is competing with electric recharging stations

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12 minutes ago, Stephen said:

France’s move to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 would be politically unthinkable in the States. Can you even imagine?

Fact is that consumers in the US aren’t pushing for electric vehicles to the extent they are in Europe and unless we take a very different approach as a country, that doesn’t look like it will change soon

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Norway already reached carbon emissions goal from transportation three years early, and all of that thanks to electric vehicles, primarily Tesla. 

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Norway made a big step in car market. Last year from total sold vehicles, 25 percent were EVs and 27 percent were hybrids. That means Norwegians gave up on diesels which used to rule in this country. 

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