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CO2 Emissions Seen on the Rise This Year

U.S. energy demand increasing with the strong economy means more of the air-clogging pollutant

A strong economy and low gasoline prices can be a bad combination for planet Earth. U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants, vehicles and other sources are forecast to rise for the first time this year since 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The 1.8 percent uptick comes even as cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable energy replaces coal-fired power plants. “When the economy is doing well, energy demand is doing well,” Rhodium Group director John Larsen said in an interview Friday. 

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