More Bad News: US Government Releases 2007 Greenhouse Gas Report

01/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The US Department of Energy of Energy has released its annual report on US greenhouse gas emissions today and it isn't pretty.

Despite dire warnings from the world's top scientists at the best academies, the United States continues to emit more and more greenhouse gas emissions that they tell us are the root cause of the current warming we are now seeing.

You can go here to download a full copy of the DOE's "Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2007" (PDF) report.

But here's the not-so-encouraging highlights:

Total greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 were 1.4 percent higher than in 2006.

The increase in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2007 resulted primarily from two factors:

1. Unfavorable weather conditions requiring more home heating and cooling, and

2. A greater reliance on fossil fuel energy from coal and natural gas

Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions rose from 7.1 million metric tons in 2006 to 7.2 million metric tons in 2007 - a one year increase of 1.4%

81% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States was related to energy usage in 2007

The main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, has continually rose (except for a minor fall in 2006) since 1990

The United States will account for 19.6% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions in 2030

What's it going to take to turn this oil and coal burning, greenhouse gas spewing super tanker around?

Do you think President-elect Obama is going to bring in the measures that America needs? Does it help that a new global survey has been released showing that many people (40%) rank global climate ahead of the global economy as the bigger concern?