The Environmental Protection Agency's annual carbon emissions report suggests that renewable energy generation, especially wind energy, plays a key role in reducing pollution, writes Zachary Shahan. Federal data show that while coal-fired generation grew by 65.5 million megawatt-hours between 2012 and 2013, natural gas generation fell by 101.9 million MWh and wind energy generation went up by 17.7 million MWh, Shahan notes. "Spin natural gas however you want, but please stop ignoring the fact that increasing renewable energy generation has a very strong, lasting impact on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions," Shahan states.

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