Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions drop in 32 states

Energy Information Administration carbon dioxide dropped in 32 states

A report released Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) decreased in 32 states, with the greatest percentage decline occurring in Delaware and the greatest absolute decline over that period happening in Texas.

Delaware’s emissions dropped 27.9 percent over the 10-year period for a decrease of 4.5 million metric tons. Texas, which leads the nation in energy-related CO2 emissions at 652.6 million metric tons, reduced its emissions by 8.3 percent for a decrease of 58.8 million metric tons.

Of the 18 states that increased their CO2 emissions over the period, Nebraska had the greatest percentage increase with 16.0 percent, or 6.6 million metric tons, and Colorado had the greatest absolute increase at 11.8 million metric tons (13.9 percent).

The report noted that only 14 states had decreased CO2 emissions from 2009 to 2010, stating that the U.S. “was rebounding from the recession and emissions from consumptions of energy was up in most states.”

The report, which also ranked emissions per capita and by energy intensity, noted that more than half of the 10 states with the highest per capita emissions are net exporters of electricity in at least some years looked at in the report, noting that Wyoming, North Dakota, West Virginia and Montana are large electricity exporters of power produced predominately with coal.

The full report can be read by clicking here.

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