Full Title: Energy from Waste Can Help Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Author(s): Matt Kasper
Publisher(s): Center for American Progress
Publication Date: 4/2013

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As America’s population continues to increase, greenhouse-gas emissions, specifically methane from landfills, will also rise as more garbage is generated. Scientists in Hawaii found just last month that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere jumped dramatically to a new record high in 2013.3 America’s business-as-usual plan has the nation on the wrong path. Federal legislators need to begin to find more ways to decrease the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and a plan that combines increases in Ef W usage and recycling and composting would be a good start. This issue brief addresses the need for the United States to increase rates of recycling, composting, and Ef W to combat climate change, explains the technology at work in an Ef W facility, and makes policy recommendations that will drive down the emissions released by landfills.