Draft EPA Report Shows Decreasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Amid Skyrocketing Oil, Natural Gas Production

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell significantly from 2005 to 2017, even while oil and natural gas production skyrocketed, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft 2019 greenhouse gas inventory (GHGI).

The draft GHGI data show total U.S. CO2 decreased nearly 14 percent, while methane emissions were reduced by more than 4 percent since 2005. Meanwhile, U.S. oil and natural gas production increased more than 80 percent and 51 percent, respectively, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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