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Here in the US, total yearly CO2 emissions are today about the same as they were in the early 1990s, so we actually have been doing a fairly good job. This wasn't an intentional effort. It was mostly just replacing a big chunk of coal-fired electricity with natural gas as the fuel.


It absolutely was an intentional effort. The Obama administration made clean energy/reducing CO2 an important priority from the get-go, with some truly massive investments included in the big stimulus package. The most visible result of that was a big increase in wind and solar in following years, which helped drive those down toward grid parity. The administration then kept up a steady program of regulation of existing and new coal power plants that was a very big part of the impetus for utilities retiring old plants and replacing them with natural gas (and wind).

The Obama administration also got the ball rolling on reducing emissions from transportation with aggressive increases in the CAFE mileage requirements on light vehicles, and introduction of the first mileage requirements for new heavy trucks.
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