Perry: U.S. Energy Production Will Lead Economic Growth and Reduce Carbon Emissions Perry: U.S. Energy Production Will Lead Economic Growth and Reduce Carbon Emissions – NTK Network

Perry: U.S. Energy Production Will Lead Economic Growth and Reduce Carbon Emissions

The energy secretary and former governor told the World Economic Forum at Davos that his home state of Texas exploded in economic growth while carbon emissions dropped.

By NTK Staff | 01.24.2018 @2:34pm

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told a group at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday that natural gas could be the key to unlocking global economic growth while reducing carbon emissions.

The former governor of Texas cited his state’s experience in energy production.

“From the early parts of the 2000s to 2014, emissions went down in that 12th largest economy of the world by some 60 percent in NOx, some 50 percent for SO2,” Perry said, referencing Texas’ economic size if it were an independent country. “We saw the carbon dioxide footprint go down by 20 percent during a period of great growth.”

Perry told the gathering that it was possible to grow the economy for everyday citizens while still moving toward a cleaner environment, and America and Texas proved it. Wind energy and natural gas had helped Texas continue to provide energy for its residents, while reducing emissions, he said.

“The driving force behind the biggest part of that reduction [in carbon emissions] was the transition from old, inefficient power plants to cleaner burning natural gas,” Perry said. “The fossil fuel industry will be one of the real drivers of [cleaner, affordable energy] going into the future, led by [liquified natural gas].”

The energy secretary made clear to the panel that the United States led the world in carbon emission reduction, despite the Trump administration’s departure from the global Paris Accords.

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