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EPA Publishes US Emissions Inventory

After previously being given a green light, Tesla Motors was told they could not open a Tesla Store in Salt Lake City just days ahead of the dealership's scheduled opening. Tesla argues that since it has no franchise relationships in Utah or anywhere else, laws keeping the company from doing direct sales aren't necessary. Tesla is now talking with officials in hopes to be able to do business in Utah. In a video, Tesla's James Chen discusses what happened in Utah, and what it means for the company moving forward. Learn more by watching the video above.

The EPA has published its latest Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. The report shows a two-percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 over 2012 levels, but a nine-percent decrease since 2005. The US produced 6,673 million metric tons of CO2 in 2013. Power plants were the biggest source of emissions, making up 31 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution. Transportation was the second-largest offending sector, at 27 percent. Read more in the press release below, read the full EPA report or view the data in an easy way with the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data Explorer.

More than 180 different cities have requested to host a Formula E race. Running the races on city streets rather than having to build a dedicated race track makes hosting a race relatively cheap. Combined with the exposure and added tourist traffic, it's not too surprising that leaders would want to bring the electric race to their towns. For Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, it's about the message. "We want to race in city centers; we want to give the message that electric formula cars are right for the cities now," says Agag. "It's difficult to change the perception of electric cars, but that's what we want to do by showing them in this context." Read more at Ecomento.

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EPA Publishes 20th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 20th Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks today, showing a two percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 from 2012 levels, but a nine percent drop in emissions since 2005.

Total U.S. greenhouse emissions were 6,673 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2013. By sector, power plants were the largest source of emissions, accounting for 31 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. The transportation sector was the second largest source, at 27 percent. Industry and manufacturing were the third largest source, at 21 percent. The increase in total national greenhouse gas emissions between 2012 and 2013 was due to increased energy consumption across all sectors in the U.S. economy and greater use of coal for electricity generation.

This year, EPA is publishing key data in a new, online Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data Explorer tool, which allows users to view, graph and download data by sector, year and greenhouse gas. EPA will be holding an informational webinar on April 22 at 1 p.m. EST to demonstrate the Data Explorer tool and its features, and provide a tutorial on common searches.

Greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change, which threatens the health and well-being of Americans and future generations through decreased air quality; extremes in heat and other weather events; increased incidence of food-, water-, and insect-borne diseases; and other impacts. Comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions data are an essential tool to help understand the primary sources of emissions and identify cost-effective opportunities to reduce them.

Under President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA is taking steps to address carbon pollution from the power and transportation sectors, and to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses and factories. Current greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks and EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan will eliminate billions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution, save lives through air quality benefits and save Americans money at the pump.

The agency prepares the inventory annually in collaboration with other federal agencies and submits the report to the Secretariat of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change every year on April 15. The inventory presents historical emissions since 1990 and covers seven key greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride. In addition to tracking U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the inventory also calculates carbon dioxide that is removed from the atmosphere through the uptake of carbon in forests and other vegetation. EPA has been publishing the inventory since 1994, but tracks back to 1990.

More on the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report:

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