Domestic Energy: Carbon Dioxide

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Man-made emissions of carbon dioxide result primarily from fuel use.  The Energy Information Agency’s (EIA) 2008 International Energy Outlook estimates annual world carbon dioxide emissions were 28.1 billion metric tons in 2005 and are expected to grow to 42.3 billion metric tons by 2030.  Although there is no universal consensus, and while the theories and data concerning the impact of carbon dioxide on the environment continue to be debated, policy makers are moving forward with discussions concerning cap-and-trade legislation as it pertains to the future emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 

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  • critical issues, database publication, energy, climate