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What are the energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by source and sector for the United States?

Energy-related CO2 emissions by source and sector for the United States, 20121
(Million Metric Tons)

                          Sectors

Sources Residential Commercial Industrial Transportation Electric Power Source Total
Coal 0 4 139 0 1,514 1,657
Natural Gas 226 157 449 40 494 1,364
Petroleum 69 45 350 1,771 19 2,254
Other2 - - - - 12 12
Electricity3 760 732 543 4 - -
Sector Total 1,056 938 1,480 1,816 2,039 5,290

Total energy-related CO2 emissions equal 5,290 million metric tons in 2012.

1source: Monthly Energy Review (April 2013); preliminary 2012 data. 
2Miscellaneous wastes and from geothermal power generation.
3Electricity-related CO2 emissions based on electricity use for each sector and electric power emissions.

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Last updated: August 7, 2013


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