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Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 10.3 % in 2020, the final year of the Trump presidency.
According to a report by the New York-based Rhodium Group, emissions from industry and the energy sector in the United States experienced an annual reduction not seen since World War II, in part due to the halt in economic activity forced by the coronavirus.
Emissions from the transport sector, the country’s largest responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, fell by 14.7 % in 2020 compared to 2019, with sharp falls in road and air transport.
The electricity sector experienced a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 10%, with a sharp fall in energy production with coal and the greater role of natural gas, which generates less carbon dioxide but emits methane, another greenhouse gas.
U.S. heavy industry reduced its emissions by 7 percent, while emissions linked to energy consumption in large buildings were reduced by 6.2 percent due to containment measures and closures of offices and businesses because of the pandemic.
Greenhouse gas emissions have been declining in the U.S. since 2005 due to the transition of the energy industry to clean alternatives to coal.
Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Agreement as a way to finance the climate efforts of third nations instead of focusing on his country. Almost two hundred governments joined this agreement during the presidency of Barack Obama, and despite the criticism that Trump received for abandoning the agreement, the United States has fulfilled the objectives set.
Obama committed to reducing emissions by 17 % compared to 2005 in 2020, and by the end of Donald Trump’s term the U.S., the industry has reduced its overall emissions by 21.5 % compared to 2005.