How fracking has helped the US lead on climate

December 11, 2015

As representatives from around the world work to finalize an agreement in the last few days at the Paris COP21 climate conference, it's important to acknowledge the fact that hydraulic fracturing and the increased use of natural gas has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than any other government scheme or agreement.

Without adopting stringent policies such as the Kyoto treaty or cap-and-trade, the United States, the largest economy in the world, has the distinction of being the only country in the world to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. That's why, in his address to world leaders at COP21, President Obama was able to tout that the "advances we've made have helped drive our economic output to all-time highs, and drive our carbon pollution to its lowest levels in nearly two decades."

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