The Energy Information Administration released its Monthly Energy Review August 1, finding that domestic CO2 emissions from power plants, vehicles, and other energy-related use continues to decline, with emissions down nearly eight percent in the first quarter of 2012 from the same period last year. The first quarter total of 1.4 billion MT of energy related CO2 was the lowest total for any January to March period since 1992, and is largely due to reduced demand for heating oil because of a mild winter, a drop in coal combustion emissions as utilities switch to natural gas, and reduced gasoline consumption.