U.S. emissions and coal generation increased in 2021, threatening Biden's climate goals

Updated: Feb 19

| Washington Post - The Climate 202 Analysis

| By Maxine Joselow with research by Alexandra Ellerbeck

| Yesterday at 8:14 a.m. EST

The Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant in Kansas on Sept. 18. (Charlie Riedel/AP

U.S. emissions and coal generation increased last year, analysis finds

Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States surged last year, putting the nation further off track from meeting President Biden's ambitious climate targets, your Climate 202 host and The Washington Post's Brady Dennis reported this morning.


The sobering analysis from the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm, found that U.S. emissions rose 6.2 percent last year compared to 2020, although they remained below pre-pandemic levels.


One main reason: a 17 percent jump in the burning of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, marking the first annual increase in the nation’s coal generation since 2014.

 

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