US Government Releases 2007 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released its 2007 Greenhouse Gas Emissions report today, outlining the the latest trends in US energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

You can go here to download a full copy of the DOE’s “Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2007” (PDF) report.

Here’s some of the highlights:

  • Total greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 were 1.4 percent higher than in 2006.
  • The increase in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2007 resulted primarily from two factors:

1. Unfavorable weather conditions requiring more home heating and cooling, and

2. A greater reliance on fossil fuel energy from coal and natural gas

  • Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions rose from 7.1 million metric tons in 2006 to 7.2 million metric tons in 2007 - a one year increase of 1.4%
  • 81% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States was related to energy usage in 2007
  • The main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, has risen continually (except for a minor fall in 2006) since 1990
  • The United States will account for 19.6% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2030

Research Paper: Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth

The DeSmogBlog research team has completed a full backgrounder on the Alliance for Energy and Econmic Growth that is run mainly by the US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, the American Gas Association and the Edison Electric Institute.

The Alliance for Energy and Econimic Growth (AEEG) was founded in 2001 and has been a major attack dog on climate and renewable energy policy for the US Chamber of Commerce.

While it is unclear who the founding members of the AEEG are the website registration currently lists both the American Gas Association and the Edison Electric Institute as contacts. The staff email address for the US Chamber of Commerce is listed as the main contact.

The current management team of the AEEG (PDF) includes many of the most influential players in the US energy and transportation lobby…

Lawrence Solomon's "Deniers" - A Carefully Calculated Lie is Still a Lie

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Speaker

Trading on His Fraudulent Book Title

Self-described “environmentalist” Lawrence Solomon has become the toast of the oil-industry-backed climate change denier community ever since the spring 2008 release of his book, The Deniers: The World-Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud (and those who are too fearful to do so).

The problem, then and still, is that nobody in Solomon’s overheated text actually denies that humans are causing climate change. He admits as much on Page 45 of his book, saying:

“As these rather dramatic reversals for the doomsday view mounted, however, I also noticed something striking about my growing cast of deniers.

“None of them were deniers.”

“DSCOVR killed by Cheney” - NASA Insider

An unnamed source within NASA intimately familiar with the mothballed Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission spoke to Desmog Blog on the condition of anonymity.

The story is incredible.

The big question has always been: who would want to kill a $100 million fully completed climate satellite that has sat in a box since the 2000 presidential election - even though dozens of leading scientists have demanded it be launched?

Apparently Cheney was the hatchet man”, said the source. “Bush tried the keep his hands clean so he didn’t have direct involvement. It almost reminds me of the way Nixon used to operate…He assigned Cheney to be the hatchet man job on DSCOVR… Bush’s fingerprints weren’t on it but Cheney’s were… That’s what we heard through the grapevine.”

Nature's Offer: Choose Between Two Meltdowns

The cost of efforts to avoid dangerous global warming may be 170 percent higher than 2007 estimates, a report for the UN’s climate agency said. The report comes four days before the UN leads a fresh round of talks in Poland to agree a successor to the Kyoto Protocol in ongoing negotiations marred by squabbles over who should bear the cost of fighting climate change.


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