Texas has been ranked dead last in the “How Green Is My State?” assessment by MPH Online, a site that gathers and analyzes information on public health education programs.
Using data on each state’s renewable energy production, gasoline use, air quality and other measures, MPH Online determined that the Lone Star State is the least green state in the country. Texas ranked high for its friendliness to renewable energy, as nation’s No. 1 state for installed wind power capacity. But Texas is the nation’s worst when it comes to air quality and CO2 emissions, the organization determined.
Texas’ position on the list also was hurt by its high gasoline consumption and low mass transit use. Texans use about 5.5 million gallons of motor gasoline per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Still, with all the concerns about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on groundwater, Texas ranked relatively high for water quality, coming in No. 15 on the MPH Online list.