Texas Leads Nation in Carbon Pollution

The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009. In cooperation with AEP, the French company Alstom unveiled the world's largest carbon capture facility at a coal plant, so called 'clean coal,' which will store around 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year 2.1 kilometers (7,200 feet) underground. 
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Clare Foran
Oct. 24, 2013, 6:45 a.m.

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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