Interesting story here on the increased use of natural gas to create energy versus energy-related atmospheric CO2 trends. The relationship seems to be an inverse one – the more natural gas is used to power generating plants, the less atmospheric CO2 there is. Jazz Shaw at Hot Air blog sees an association here, on the basis of the U.S. Energy Information Administration‘s (EIA) June 2012 report (see also Investors). Another interesting statistic here: the use of clean-burning natural gas as fuel for U.S. power plants now stands at 32%, passing coal for the first time in history. The development of fracking techniques, which make natural gas extraction easier and cheaper, is partially responsible for this. Hopefully this is a trend and not just a blip on the screen.
Another possible reason for the drop in atmospheric pollution is due to the persisting economic recession (h/t Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway), which may confound the assessment of the real reasons for the drop.
Apart from Hot Air and Investors, I have not seen this widely reported.
It should be, because it is good and important news. But oh-so inconvenient…