4 US States Have Lowered Greenhouse Gas Emissions Below 1990 Levels
Posted Feb 15 2010 8:49am
Four Northeastern states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts and New York emitted less carbon dioxide from fossil fuel consumption in 2007 than they did in 1990, according to energy information data compiled in a study by Environment America.
The average increase in gross state product was 65% during that period, ruling out reduction in economic activity as the cause.
All four have RES requirements to add more renewable energy to the grid: Connecticut 27% by 2020, Delaware 18% by 2019, Massachusetts 15% by 2020, and New York 25% by 2013. The requirement excludes nuclear power. Connecticut was already recognized by the EPA as early as 2007 for already getting 12% of its electricity from renewable sources.
The studied period is instructive, as it ended prior to the 2008 hike in gas prices and global recession that impacted virtually every sector of the economy in 2008 and continued into 2009 – ruling out the bank deregulation recession as the cause for the drop.