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This graph shows that most of our emissions come from non-electric emissions from the transportations sector of our economy.
This graph shows our countries emissions have grown over the past few years.
The transportation sector in the United States accounts for about one-third of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. The growth in this sector is more rapid than in any of the other sectors. Some of the reasons are do to increases in the driving population, lower energy prices, and stable average fuel efficiency. All of these reasons have lead to the contribution in the expanding energy consumption within the United States. Gasoline from the cars we drive account for nearly two-thirds of the transportations sectors energy consumption. The emissions were about 457 million metric tons of carbon just from the transportation sector in 1995. By the year 2000 it is forecasted that the transportation sector will pass the industrial sector in fuel emissions. **
How to control your emissions:
First when running errands you could combine trips so that you are not using your car for single-purpose trips. Also you could use other modes of transportation by giving your car a break. Such as you could use public transportation, ride a bike or walk to work, bicycle or walk while doing errands. Also, when you do drive you can try keeping your car tuned up and its tires properly inflated so that you can save on fuel costs. As well as you can start to carpool to work. If you were to leave your car at home for just two days a week you will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,590 pounds per year. This amount would be a huge if everyone does it. Finally, if you plan on buying a car consider buying a fuel-smart car, which is a car that gets more miles to the gallon than your current vehicle and one that would match the vehicle to your needs.*
In The US...
Over 170 million people currently live in counties where federal air quality standards are not met. Since the air quality is so bad many people are facing increased risks of heart and lung disease and premature mortality. Most of the 20 million people suffering from asthma also live in areas with poor air quality.
The picture below is a scorecard that identifies the communities with the worst air quality. Most of the communities are within the northeast part of the country.