You Decide: Appalachian Basin Or ‘Emissions Reducing Basin’
Recently released Energy Information Administration data show that the Appalachian Basin’s prolific natural gas production – and the resulting switch to the fuel for electricity generation – is creating tremendous climate benefits.
Pennsylvania and Ohio held down the No. 1 and 3 spots for highest absolute decline of energy-related CO2 emissions from 1990 to 2018, according to the data. Additionally, West Virginia came in at No. 7 with 13.8 million metric tons (Mmt) of CO2 less in 2018 than in 1990 – a 13.3 percent reduction.
All told, the Appalachian Basin has seen CO2 emissions fall 93.5 Mmt or 15 percent since 1990, while natural gas production in the region grew nearly 2,000 percent.
Read the full post on EIDClimate.org.