IN 2018, U.S. CARBON EMISSIONS ROSE WHILE COAL PLANTS CLOSED

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8 january 2019

U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed

By Brad Plumer, The New York Times, Jan. 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years, according to a preliminary estimate published Tuesday.

Strikingly, the sharp uptick in emissions occurred even as a near-record number of coal plants around the United States retired last year, illustrating how difficult it could be for the country to make further progress on climate change in the years to come, particularly as the Trump administration pushes to roll back federal regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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