US Emissions to Drop 9% in 2020, Putting Country Back on Track for Paris Commitment

By [email protected] The U.S. economy is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 9 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, BloombergNEF reported Thursday.

It’s a sign of the impact that COVID-19 shutdowns and the ensuing recession have had on life in the U.S. When workers stayed home and the streets emptied out, they reduced emissions from transportation, which accounted for the largest decline at 4 percent of economy-wide emissions. The power sector drove another 2.8 percent decline, while reduced industrial activity lowered emissions by another 1.6 percent.

The drastic reduction in planet-warming emissions did not result from concerted action on climate change, so much

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