The United States was the number one country in the world in reducing CO2 emissions in 2019, according to a new report by The International Energy Agency (IEA).
“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,” The IEA said in their newly released report. “US emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period… A 15% reduction in the use of coal for power generation underpinned the decline in overall US emissions in 2019,” the IEA added. ”
According to the IEA, 80% of the increase in CO2 emissions came from Asia. China and India were mostly responsible for the increase.
Despite the significance of the report, many public figures, especially those who claim the US is not doing enough, have remained silent. However, one senator had this to say:
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. https://t.co/bZTkmCZbOs
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 12, 2020
The news has come at a time when the US is facing increasing hostility for supposedly not doing enough to tackle climate change and global warming.