US Electric Power Plants Are Doing Something They Haven’t Done Since The 1970s

U.S. electric power plants are emitting less carbon dioxide than the nation’s transportation sector for the first time since the late 1970s, according to analysis by the Energy Information Administration. The feat, achieved between October 2015 and September 2016, comes as cleaner burning natural gas displaces coal-generated power, more solar and wind energy feed the grid, and regulations enacted by former President Barack Obama rein in pollution from smokestacks. But efforts to further reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector could hit a road bump as Donald Trump, who begins his presidency on Friday, aims to increase coal production and get rid of Obama-era environmental regulations.


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