U.S. carbon dioxide is down, oil imports are down, and there’s plenty of work for U.S. geoscientists
At the end of 2013, the Washington Post blog asked twenty major thinkers to each post a “graph of the year,” and two of the posted graphs contained substantial Earth science content. Environmentalist Bill McKibben posted one of the two graphs, and his post shows an increase in U.S. oil and gas drilling even as U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined. While Mr. McKibben bemoaned the amount of fossil fuel that continues to come out of the ground, the post points to some positive aspects of the U.S. energy scene. Aside from the fact that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are down, the U.S. is less dependent on oil imports than it has been in years and geoscience employment remains robust.