U.S. Carbon Output to Rise 3.5% in 2010, EIA Projects

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from oil, coal and natural gas will climb 3.5 percent this year, according to a forecast by the Energy Information Administration.

Carbon dioxide output from energy use is expected to rise 0.4 percent in 2011 from 2010, the EIA said today in its November Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Projected economic growth this year of 2.6 percent and “increased use of coal and natural gas” by power plants and factories are driving carbon dioxide emissions up, the EIA said.

Next year, power plants are predicted to burn less fossil fuel, the EIA said. Still, demand in the transportation sector for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel will rise enough in 2011 to “show a small increase” in carbon dioxide output, the EIA said.

The EIA predicts U.S. gross domestic product will rise by 2.2 percent next year, up from last month’s growth estimate of 2.1 percent. Its 2010 estimate for economic growth is unchanged.

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