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What are U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by source and sector?

Total U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were 5,271 million metric tons in 2015.

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by source and sector for the United States, 2015 (million metric tons)
  Residential Commercial Industrial Transportation Electric power Source total
Coal 0 6 129 0 1,364 1,499
Natural gas 252 175 474 49 530 1,480
Petroleum 67 40 338 1,816 24 2,285
Other1         7 7
Electricity2 723 702 495 4    
Sector total 1,043 922 1,437 1,869 1,925 5,271

1 Emissions from combustion of waste materials derived from petroleum and from some types of geothermal power plants.
2 Electricity-related CO2 emissions based on electricity use for each sector and electric power emissions.
Sum of columns and rows may not equal the totals because of independent rounding.
Source: Monthly Energy Review (March 2016); preliminary data 

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Last updated: April 4, 2016

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