Like everything else, carbon emissions are bigger in Texas

Texas remains  America’s undisputed capital of carbon dioxide, a title the industry-heavy state has held since the federal government begin keeping track more than two decades ago.

Federal data released Thursday shows Texas continues to generate far more emissions of the heat-trapping gas than any other state.

Texas pumped 652 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. That was more than the combined emissions of the next two states, California and Pennsylvania.

Power plants fueled by coal and natural gas accounted for 220 million metric tons of Texas’ carbon dioxide emissions. Other industries  released 211 million metric tons, while cars, trucks and other transportation generated 195 million metric tons.

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Matthew Tresaugue joined the Houston Chronicle in 2005 after working for newspapers in California, where his beats included land-use development, higher education and Major League Baseball. At the Houston Chronicle, he has covered the environment, reporting on science, policy and politics in areas including air quality, water supply, the Gulf of Mexico and global warming.