Some disturbing findings on the U.S. DOE's voluntary climate registry program, at least as regards electric utilities: A new study by Lyon and U-M doctoral student Eun-Hee Kim shows that about 60 percent of companies that voluntarily participate in the Department of Energy program show increases in greenhouse gas emissions rather than decreases. Surprisingly, the researchers found that nonparticipating companies tend to have decreased emissions over time, relative to a 1995 baseline. The study compares eight years of data reported voluntarily to the Department of Energy registry by the electric utilities industry -- the sector that emits the greatest amount …
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