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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose in 2010 August 26, 2011
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The U.S. has made some progress in reducing greenhouse gass emissions by switching to natural gas in some industries.
America’s greenhouse gas emissions soared nearly 4 percent last year due to factories running harder in a slowly recovering economy, as well as a hot summer that prompted more air conditioner use.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said the country’s carbon dioxide output rose 213 million tons, or 3.9 percent, in 2010 compared to the previous year.

“In 2010, manufacturing industries showed a strong recovery from the 2008-9 recession, and energy-intensive manufacturing experienced high growth as well,” which contributed to the rise, the agency said in its annual report.

But the EIA said that the total amount of CO2 emitted was still below 2005 and 2007 levels.

"The fact that emissions fell in 2008 and 2009 gave some people false comfort," Michael Levi, an energy and environment expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Reuters.

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