U.S. CO2 Emissions Declined 11% in 2020 – No Change in Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – Watts Up With That?

U.S. CO2 Emissions Declined 11% in 2020 – No Change in Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – Watts Up With That?

Proponents of climate protection measures regularly tell us that we need to reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in order to prevent “climate change”, including restricting industry, travel and food consumption. Fortunately, there was a real test of exactly these things in 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.

In a report published on April 12 by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) as part of the Monthly Energy Review, they report that energy-related CO2 emissions in the US in 2020 were largely due to the effects of COVID 19 pandemic and the COVID-19 have decreased by 11% are related restrictions.

In addition, US energy-related CO2 emissions fell for the first time since 2012 in all end-use (consumer) sectors. The EIA states:

“The CO2 emissions associated with energy consumption fell by 12% in the commercial sector in 2020. Part of this decrease in emissions was due to pandemic restrictions. Since electricity is a major source of energy for the commercial sector, the decreasing carbon intensity of electrical energy also helped reduce CO2 emissions from commercial activity. Emissions from commercial electricity consumption decreased by 13%. Commercial petroleum and natural gas emissions decreased by 13% and 11%, respectively. “

“Within the US energy sector, emissions from coal fell by almost a fifth, at 19%. Natural gas-related CO2 emissions rose by 3%. Also noteworthy in 2020; The generation of fossil fuels decreased, while the generation of electricity from renewable energies from wind and sun continued to increase. “

The following graphs provided by the EIA show the downward trends in CO2 emissions by sector:

The EIA also provided data showing that reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and electricity generation from solar (and, to a lesser extent, wind) increased 17% in 2020.

But here is the problem.

This major experiment to reduce CO2 emissions from traditional fossil fuel sources, so often called for by climate change alarmists, resulted from the fact that the world economy was essentially crippled for months and yet played no part in the grand scheme of global carbon dioxide concentrations. Control button “for climate change. Even with this decrease, combined with a 17% upward shift in the direction of wind and sun, the earth’s atmosphere did not notice anything – global atmospheric CO2 concentrations continued to rise unabated in 2020.

As can be seen in the graph above, CO2 in the atmosphere increased in 2020 as the economy crippled lockdowns at the same rate as it has for decades. There isn’t even a slip.

This lack of a decrease in atmospheric CO2 concentration clearly shows that no one living today will see, at any point in life, a measurable change in climate due to the decrease, regardless of how severe the US is with CO2 emissions to reduce. This is especially true as other countries like China only pay lip service to the reduction in CO2 emissions called for in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

It’s a stupid business to think that we in the US can change the climate by reducing carbon emissions, especially if other countries don’t even bother to try. We can only mitigate future climate changes, which mankind has been successfully doing for centuries.


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