U.S. Transportation Just Overtook Power Plants as Top Polluting Sector

Takeaway: while much attention is rightly paid to reducing emissions from power plants, we need to also focus on reducing transportation emissions.
  • For the first time in recent history, U.S. transportation became the most polluting sector, emitting more carbon dioxide since January 2015 than power plants (2,327 metric tons for transportation vs. 2,324 metric tons for power plants).

  • Transportation emissions are projected to remain at the top spot through 2030, at which point it is expected to exceed power plant emissions by 11%.

  • Power plant emissions are projected to fall much faster than those of the transportation sector, unless additional greenhouse gas reduction policies are passed.