Energy & Climate Change
Energy production and climate change are intricately linked. In the United States, electricity is generated in many different ways, with a wide variation in environmental impact. In the Southeastern United States, electricity generation is primarily from the combustion of fossil fuels. This energy sector, along with greenhouse gases from mobile sources such as cars and trucks, make up the majority of the manmade greenhouse gas footprint of the Southeastern United States. Reducing our Region's greenhouse gas emissions will, thus, require us to look for ways to lessen the footprint of these two sectors at a minimum.
For some of the key issues like stresses on human population, crop yield, forest productivity, water quality and threats to coastal areas facing the southeast, follow the link for a PDF from the US Global Change Research Program.
The Percent of CO2 Emissions by Sector in EPA Region 4 for 2005 illustrates that almost half of carbon dioxide emissions are from electric power generation. Many of the cost saving, emission reducing actions in the figure from the McKinsey analysis can be applied to utilities (e.g. commercial electronics, commercial lighting, and building shells).
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