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In the last 4 years did the US reduce its carbon output?

Asked by JLeslie (64894points) February 21st, 2021 from iPhone

Biden rejoined the climate agreement to reduce carbon emissions, but I’m just curious how well or horrible the US did in the last 4 years even when we were not in the agreement.

It’s not really a political question, it’s more a question of how the country is doing in terms of the direction we are going, and if we actually lost ground not being in the Paris agreement.

I know the US produces a ton of the world’s carbon emission, I’ve heard those statistics before.

I am in favor of regulations and protecting our environment.

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janbb's avatar

I doubt it since along with quitting the Paris Accord, there was a massive effort by the administration to deregulate industry and roll back previous environmental standards.

Jaxk's avatar

“According to the US Energy Information Administration, US CO2 emissions in 2019 were the lowest they have been since 1992. Per capita emissions were lower in 2019 than they’ve been at any time since at least 1950. ... Today, the US is the second biggest carbon polluter in absolute terms.Oct 6, 2020”

JLeslie's avatar

@Jaxk I must be tired…is the comparison between 2019 and 1992 also per capita?

Jaxk's avatar

No, that is total CO2.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I don’t know about the last 4 years, but I read recently that the carbon numbers were way down for 2020 because of reduced driving and a lot of closed factories as COVID was picking up.

JLeslie's avatar

@elbanditoroso Yeah, I don’t think we can use 2020. I put about 3,000 miles on my 3 cars combined in the year 2020. Ridiculously low.

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