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Fracking, Not Solar Power, Is Reducing U.S. Carbon-Dioxide Emissions

February 2, 2016
By Oren Cass

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen significantly since their peak in 2007—more than in any other country. The biggest cause is America’s fracking-led natural gas boom: solar power is responsible for 1 percent of the decline in U.S.

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen significantly since their peak in 2007—more than in any other country. The biggest cause is America’s fracking-led natural gas boom: solar power is responsible for 1 percent of the decline in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions; natural gas is responsible for nearly 20 percent. For all the government spending on solar power, for every ton of carbon dioxide avoided by replacing fossil fuels with solar power, 13 tons of carbon dioixde are avoided due to the expanded use of natural gas.