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The recession doesn't have a lot of upsides, but there is an environmental silver lining. Carbon dioxide emissions are down. But, as Tamara Keith reports, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to rise as the economy improves.

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Transcript: Tamara Keith, August 17, 2009

The recession doesn't have a lot of upsides, but there is an environmental silver lining. Carbon dioxide emissions are down. But, as Tamara Keith reports, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to rise as the economy improves:

The Energy Information Administration projects that in 2009 we'll cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 5%. Emissions were down in 2008 too.

Elias Johnson is an energy analyst. He says the economy is expected to pick up next year. That means coal, natural gas and petroleum use will pick up too.

"It's not all going to happen at one time, so that will be gradual. And then visvis the emissions from that energy consumption will probably increase gradually."

In 2010, Johnson says emissions are projected to rise 0.7%. Not much, really. And emissions will still be lower than they were when the economy was booming.

"For one thing, the economic activity is not going to be getting back to those levels."

For The Environment Report, I'm Tamara Keith.

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