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The EPA announced on April 18, 2011, that the agency was releasing its 16th annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory report for the years 1990 to 2009. The 459 report is titled, The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 and is available for download at this link to the EPA website.
According to the report, total emissions of the six greenhouse gases in 2009 were 6,633 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. The six gases are CO2, methane, N2O, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.
Emissions from all sources grew in that time period by 7.3 percent. The 2009 levels of GHGs are the lowest since 1995. The authors said that the decrease is a result of decreased uses of fuel and electricity across all economic sectors of the U.S.