Texas remains the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the U.S. but saw the largest overall decline in CO2 emissions from 2004 to 2007, according to a report released today by the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.
According to the report, Too Much Pollution:
“Emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading global warming pollutant, from fossil fuel consumption increased by 19 percent in the United States from 1990 to 2007. Nationally, the rate of emissions growth has slowed in recent years, and emissions peaked in many states in 2004 and 2005.
Seventeen states saw declines in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use between 2004 and 2007. Those emission reductions–while far short of what will be needed to address the threat of global warming–could be a sign of a new trend, particularly if the United States adopts strong policies to move the nation toward a clean energy future.”
The Top 10 States Energy-Related CO2 Emissions (million metric tons):
1. Texas: 675
3. Pennsylvania: 277
4. Ohio: 270
5. Florida: 258
6. Illinois: 244
8. New York: 201
9. Louisiana: 195
10. Georgia: 186
“The trail to a clean energy future is long, and Texas is just starting to saddle up,” said Environment Texas Field Organizer Alejandro Savransky. “It’s time to take back control of our energy future. By harnessing the power of the wind and the sun, we can cut pollution and transition to clean energy sources that don’t harm the environment, never run out, and create new, local jobs.”
A few other notes on Texas:
• Texas succeeded in keeping electric generation emissions flat, according to the study. On a per capita basis, emissions from electric generators in Texas fell by 4 percent between 2004 and 2007 — “the result of reduced reliance on coal and an increase in the share of power produced by natural gas and wind.”
• Since 2005 Texas by doubled the amount of power produced by renewables. Between 1997 and 2007 Texas went from get 0.5 percent of its power from renewables to 2.5 percent, and leads America in wind powe.