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How does electricity affect the Greenhouse effect?

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July 03, 2012 1:02PM

Electricity is only indirectly related to the greenhouse effect since it is not a greenhouse gas, however, a lot of electric generation is done by burning fossil fuels, which of course does release carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. Any use of electricity has what can be called a "carbon footprint". Of course, that is also true of everything that human beings do. Everything has some degree of impact on global carbon dioxide levels; even breathing releases carbon dioxide.