Energy-Related Emissions Fell in Most States Through 2015

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By Editors of Power Engineering

From 2005 through 2015, 43 states, including the District of Columbia, experienced a reduction in energy-based carbon dioxide emissions. Measured on a per-capita basis, only Louisiana and Nebraska experienced a growth in energy emissions.

The Energy Information Administration produced the report by examining emissions released at the location where fuels were consumed, not where the electricity was consumed.

Ten states accounted for fully half of the U.S. emissions total, though the ten states also have large populations and account for 51 percent of the nation’s total population. Texas emitted the highest amount of carbon dioxide at 626 million metric tons, with California second at 364 MMmt. However on a per-capita basis California ranked third behind the District of Columbia and New York.

Wyoming and North Dakota both had nearly seven and five times the national average of emissions respectively due to their large amount of energy productions.

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