According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United States ranked first in reducing CO2 emissions last year. This is all while experiencing solid economic growth.
For those who remember, Greta Thunberg has repeatedly called out the U.S. in every speech. She made quite a roar as she came after the country with the speech she made for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This is all for the Paris Climate Accord. Never mind that the US actually leads the world in reducing its emissions. She said "The fact that the U.S.A. is leaving the Paris accord seems to outrage and worry everyone, and it should. But the fact that we're all about to fail the commitments you signed up for in the Paris Agreement doesn't seem to bother the people in power even the least."
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has repeatedly applauded the lady and helped in blaming the U.S. for its emissions. The IEA's report begs to differ.
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In the report, it was concluded that "The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related
CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis - a fall of 140 Mt, or 2.9% to 4.8 Gt. US emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from the their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period."
The IEA reported a 15% reduction in the use of coal for power generation. It underpinned the decline in overall US emissions in 2019. They continued "Coal-fired power plants faced even stronger competition from natural gas-fired generation, with benchmark gas prices n average of 45% lower than 2018 levels. As a result, gas increased its share in electricity generation to a record high of 37%. Overall, electricity demand declined because demand for air-conditioning and heating was lower as a result of milder summer and winter weather."
It turns out, 80% of the increase in CO2 emissions come from Asia, particularly China and India with both countries contributing a significant amount to the increase of emissions. The IEA concludes "In China, emissions rose but were tempered by slower economic growth and higher output from low-carbon sources of electricity. Renewable continued to expand in China, and 2019 was also the first full year of operation for seven large-scale nuclear reactors in the country."
With that, the IEA ended the report, stating "Emissions growth in India was moderate in 2019, with CO2 emissions from the power sector declining slightly as electricity demand was broadly stable and strong renewables growth prompted coal-fired electricity generation to fall for the first time since 1973. Continued growth in fossil-fuel demand in other sectors of the Indian economy, notably transport, offset the decline in the power sector. Emissions grew strongly in Southeast Asia, lifted by robust coal demand."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took this to Twitter, stating "FACT you will NEVER see on the 6 o' clock news: U.S. emissions FELL 2.9 or by 140 million tons, continuing the trend of the United States LEADING THE WORLD IN TOTAL EMISSIONS DECLINE since 2000."
The stable economic growth and decline of emissions is another achievement for the Trump administration.