Climate Progress on State Emissions

A good AP story on the state of state emissions led to headlines like “Dubious honor: Texas No. 1 in carbon dioxide emissions.” Interesting factoid: Texas emits “more than every nation in the world except six: the United States, China, Russia, Japan, India and Germany.”

The story quotes me:

“There’s no question that some states have made choices to be greener than others,” said former top Energy Department official Joseph Romm, author of the new book “Hell and High Water” and executive director of a nonprofit energy conservation group.

California in particular has been a leader in saving energy and reducing emissions. That’s why, although it is second in total emissions among states, it is 47th (!) in per capita emissions.


Since this was a wire story, it got picked up around the country (with each state spinning it slightly differently): Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman and White Plains Journal News and Winston-Salem Journal and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.