Politics and the popular press rely on slogans and generalizations. One popular international viewpoint is that the United States has moved away from commitments to reduce carbon emissions. This is understandable in light of certain policy statements from the Trump administration, such as pulling out of the Paris accords and rescission of the Clean Power Plan, and other environmental regulations applicable in the United States.
Nevertheless, the United States continues to rapidly move from electricity generation from coal. Over all, the United States has and continues to reduce carbon in carbon emissions. This result is counter to the expectations for a complex set of reasons. However, with regard to use of coal for electricity generation, there are several identifiable factors. Some of these are: overabundance of natural gas production and record low natural gas prices relative to coal; corporate acceptance of “sustainability” as a corporate and social value; regional policies in different states in the United States on electricity pricing; local and federal subsidies for renewables; and state renewable energy portfolio standards.
Follow the link to read more of the article “Sustainability: Some United States and European Comparisons”, written by partner Louis E. Tosi of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Toledo office.
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