The carbon dioxide emission rate in the United States grew by 3.4% during 2018, the largest increase in eight years, according to a preliminary report that mentions the climate policy of the president, Donald Trump, and the good economic situation as responsible of said increase.
The study, published today independently by the economic research company Rhodium Group, placed the United States even further away from complying with the figures agreed in the Paris agreement of 2015 to reduce the global emission of polluting gases.
As reasons for this rise, the authors cited the energy policy applied by Trump, which annulled the previous president's regulations against carbon emissions, and the economic and productive growth experienced by the country.
In spite of linking this data with the good productive situation, the researchers considered that the percentage would have been different without the measures applied by the current government.
"I do not think we would have seen the same increase," Trevor Houser, a climate analyst at the firm responsible for the study, told The Washington Post.
Houser highlighted in particular the electric power sector as one of the causes of this situation.
The missions to generate electric power increased 1.9% in 2018, according to the analysis, driven mainly by a greater demand for electricity that was met, in large part, with the combustion of natural gas.
At the same time, transport grew around 1% with an increase in air travel and road shipments.
Factories and industry in general sent more pollutant gases into the atmosphere, around 1%.
"The important thing for me is that we have not yet successfully separated the increased pollution from economic growth," concluded Houser.
Since 2005, fossil fuel emissions in the United States have decreased significantly and continuously in the last three years, partly due to the boom in renewable energy, which has been displacing energy from coal, the newspaper The Daily recalled. New York Times
The conclusions determined by the report were based mainly on data extracted from the Energy Information Administration, a body dependent on the US Department of Energy, although they should be taken as an estimate because some calculations for last year have not yet been finalized.