US Emissions Set for Record Dive With Factories and Cars Idled

Greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are poised for a record plunge this year, the result of coronavirus lockdown orders that have shuttered factories, closed stores and left cars and jets sitting idle.

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, which include electricity generation and transportation fuel, will fall 14%, according to data released June 9 by the Energy Information Administration.

That’s almost double the decline the agency had forecast in April when it became clear that electricity consumption had slumped as the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the U.S. economy. The earlier prediction for a 7.5% drop would have been the most this century.