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Texas Leads Nation in Carbon Pollution

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photo of Clare Foran
October 24, 2013

Data released by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that while carbon-dioxide emissions in Texas have declined in the past year, the Lone State State has held steady as the nation's top emitter of greenhouse gas, the Associated Press reports.

An EPA report released Wednesday shows that despite a decline in emissions of 3.4 percent from stationary sources such as power plants in the past year, Texas still contributed an excess of 392 million metric tons of the gas, the most of any state in the U.S. Indiana trailed Texas as the second-largest emitter, with a release of 155.1 million metric tons.

"We have a special responsibility to our citizens because we also lead the nation in many of the persistable results in terms of drought and agricultural losses, violent storms and torrential rains, all of which cost Texas billions of dollars--and it's only going to get worse as the climate warms," said Tom Smith, the state director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer-rights advocacy group. "The good news is, Texas has the ability to resolve this problem by increasing the use of renewables. We're No. 1 in total potential."

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