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Drivers of U.S. Fossil Emissions

Figure 27.2

This figure appears in chapter 27 of the Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment report.

This graph depicts the changes in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions over time as a function of five driving forces: 1) the amount of CO2 produced per unit of energy (CO2 intensity); 2) the amount of energy used per unit of gross domestic product (energy intensity); 3) structural changes in the economy; 4) per capita income; and 5) population. Although CO2 intensity and especially energy intensity have decreased significantly and the structure of the U.S. economy has changed, total CO2 emissions have continued to rise as a result of the growth in both population and per capita income. (Baldwin and Sue Wing, 20134ae74fe5-51c5-4235-b9ab-3648489a2d9c).

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