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Texas leads U.S. in greenhouse gas emissions
chron.com ^ | 11 Jan 2012 | Matthew Tresaugue

Posted on 01/12/2012 6:44:06 AM PST by smokingfrog

As the nation's light switch and gas pump, Texas releases far more greenhouse gases into the air than any other state, according to federal data released Wednesday.

Texas' coal-fired power plants and oil refineries generated 294 million tons of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in 2010, more than the next two states - Pennsylvania and Florida - combined, the data shows.

The Environmental Protection Agency released the data by industrial facility for the first time as part of a broader effort to reduce emissions linked to global warming.

The agency collected data from more than 6,700 industrial facilities that release at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases into the air a year. The threshold is comparable to the emissions from burning 131 railcars of coal, the EPA said.

While industry-heavy Texas' ranking did not surprise, environmental groups said data shows the need for federal regulation of greenhouse gases. The EPA said new rules for emissions of heat-trapping gases from power plants and other major sources could be released by the end of the month.

"It highlights the need to take action, especially considering the extreme weather we have seen lately," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, an advocacy group.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: carbondioxide; co2; coal; energy; globullwarming; refineries
More propaganda to shut down coal fired power plants.

Last time I checked, Texas is a BIG state. I wonder if they figured in the carbon dioxide produced from all the Texas wildfires?

1 posted on 01/12/2012 6:44:11 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Go, Texas!


2 posted on 01/12/2012 6:48:53 AM PST by twister881
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To: smokingfrog
Woohoo!

We're #1!!!!

3 posted on 01/12/2012 6:50:21 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: smokingfrog

Yes, no understanding of number of emission points, population, land mass.

Also, I’ve noticed that climate criers think the Earth is a closed system. And now, they act as though States are.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 6:53:32 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org: Have mustard seed & I'm not afraid to use it. 2 men inherited a Bush economy.)
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To: smokingfrog

Don’t forget the smoke from Mexican wildfires that drifts up here and makes the air quality crappy. Nothing like seeing that haze in the morning.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 6:53:37 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: smokingfrog

Looks and smells like money and jobs to me! (Although I can’t remember seeing any smog in a very long time...)


6 posted on 01/12/2012 6:54:12 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: smokingfrog

IE, Texas leads in useful energy production at prices affordable to the common man.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 6:54:58 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: smokingfrog

That’s right. And it’s probably because no other state has the balls to produce all this energy. That, and we’re the biggest of the lower 48 ... we take up more airspace.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 6:55:36 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: smokingfrog

Texas has been doing pretty well with unemployment and they are creating there.

That is not a part of Obama’s plan to destroy America. It’s time for Obama to stop Texas success.


9 posted on 01/12/2012 6:55:56 AM PST by Venturer
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To: smokingfrog

This only means that Texas still has industrial businesses operating. Quick, close ‘em all down and bring Texas in line with the “smart people” ideal of progress - Detroit!


10 posted on 01/12/2012 6:56:52 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: smokingfrog
"It highlights the need to take action, especially considering the extreme weather we have seen lately," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, an advocacy group.

Yet another person that doesn't understand the difference between "weather" and "climate".

We have had documented extremes in weather throughout the history of mankind.

We have also had climate change for the history of this rock we call Earth.

11 posted on 01/12/2012 6:56:54 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: smokingfrog

Texas is the leading crude oil-producing State in the Nation.

Texas’s 27 petroleum refineries can process more than 4.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, and they account for more than one-fourth of total U.S. refining capacity.

Approximately three-tenths of total U.S. natural gas production occurs in Texas, making it the Nation’s leading natural gas producer.

http://www.eia.gov/state/state-energy-profiles.cfm?sid=TX

Since we supply so much energy for the rest of the nation’s use, we need their “carbon credits”.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 6:57:23 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: smokingfrog
Texas leads U.S. in greenhouse gas emissions

Washington DC leads U.S. in methane gas emissions.

The Marxist hourly "Breaking News," is in fact "Breaking Wind," and that's a hell of a lot more damaging to the country's health.

13 posted on 01/12/2012 6:59:48 AM PST by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist)
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To: smokingfrog
"It highlights the need to take action, especially considering the extreme weather we have seen lately," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, an advocacy group.

WE NEED ACTION!!!

HERE HE COMES, HE'LL SAVE US.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 7:00:10 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: af_vet_rr

http://alg.umbc.edu/usaq/images/fires_dust_mexico_texas20110427.jpg


15 posted on 01/12/2012 7:02:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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To: smokingfrog

Come and take it!

The most emmisions and the highest per capita gunownership.

I’ve been on the horn with my state rep. (Debbie Riddle) about several plant closures.

Here’s the problem. Last year, because of the La Nina pattern, we had epic heat and record drought in texas. In dallas and ft. Worth, austin and most of north texas we had many many days of rolling blackouts. Over the fall and winter I know of at least 2 coal fired plants that have been shutdown over the high cost of over regulation.

Unfortunately the la Nina pattern will hold this year and we can expect the same extreme weather patterns, but this time with even less power.

Yankees may think this a minor inconvenience due to a lack of ac. However if people are left without ac in heat in excess of 105 we will have heat related deaths all summer. That blood will be on the hands of yankee bstards in dc who have no regard for human life outside of the beltway.

Please call your state reps now texans and reference the Luminant power plant closures.


16 posted on 01/12/2012 7:03:32 AM PST by SpringtoLiberty (Liberty is on the march!)
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To: smokingfrog
Because unlike most of the Midwest Texas still has some industry that is working. Zero productivity means zero emissions and that is what president zero is aiming for.
17 posted on 01/12/2012 7:04:40 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Greenhouse” gas CO2 is what plants use to breathe.

Enviro-weenies want to block CO2.

Therefore, clearly:

Environmentalists hate plants.

Shame on enviro-weenies.


18 posted on 01/12/2012 7:04:54 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: smokingfrog

Cow farts


19 posted on 01/12/2012 7:06:55 AM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: smokingfrog

Thank you Texas! It is getting cold here in So Cal!


20 posted on 01/12/2012 7:07:41 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: smokingfrog

How can Texas possibly top the MSM in GHG.


21 posted on 01/12/2012 7:08:12 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: smokingfrog
The Houston Chronicle is a liberal rag..Of course they will do all they can to get their idiot boy reelected...this is just the start of putting Texas down since Obama hates the people of this state for not voting for him..
22 posted on 01/12/2012 7:09:11 AM PST by PLD
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To: smokingfrog

You see the impact of these stats used even on speed limits in metro areas in an effort to supposedly reduce emissions. An example is the 17 DFW/Houston area counties that have a mandated 5 mph reduction in the normal 70 & 65 speed limits.


23 posted on 01/12/2012 7:09:47 AM PST by deport
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To: smokingfrog

Dear God, thank you for Texas!


24 posted on 01/12/2012 7:12:42 AM PST by Ditter
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To: smokingfrog

Since the most prominent “greenhouse gas” in the atmosphere is water vapor, is this a bad thing, or is this just silly nonsense?


25 posted on 01/12/2012 7:15:31 AM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: twister881

Jobs in the Eagle Ford Shale aren’t slowing down, either. Hey, everybody: if you’re willing to work and pull your weight, come on down to Texas!


26 posted on 01/12/2012 7:17:07 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: SpringtoLiberty

Actually, it looks like La Nina will die in April or May.


27 posted on 01/12/2012 7:19:13 AM PST by txhurl (Why didn't mitt steamroll over us in '08, when it would have done some good?)
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To: txhurl

Boy that is so welcome welcome news. Where did you see that? Just curious, trust but verify and all that lol.


28 posted on 01/12/2012 8:01:20 AM PST by SpringtoLiberty (Liberty is on the march!)
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To: SpringtoLiberty

NOAA Enso forecast. I can go find it but it’ll take a few minutes.


29 posted on 01/12/2012 8:03:29 AM PST by txhurl (Why didn't mitt steamroll over us in '08, when it would have done some good?)
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To: txhurl

I’ll look for it. Thanks for the good news


30 posted on 01/12/2012 8:08:08 AM PST by SpringtoLiberty (Liberty is on the march!)
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To: smokingfrog
"It highlights the need to take action, especially considering the extreme weather we have seen lately," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, an advocacy group.

The combination of hubris and foolishness among these people is staggering.

31 posted on 01/12/2012 8:17:00 AM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: smokingfrog

And if they asked the average Texan, they’d quickly find out three things:

A) That 99.999999% (or more) of Texans don’t give two hoots in Hell about what some enviro-whacko thinks.
B) That they are really glad that they have the coal-fired plants and oil industry, because they mean JOBS, and a decentl standard of living for so many.
C)That if anyone tries to screw with those, they’re gonna have a humdinger of a fight on their hands.


32 posted on 01/12/2012 8:23:50 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."-Frank Zappa)
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To: smokingfrog

The Fascist EPA is continuing it’s attacks on TEXAS. GTH EPA.


33 posted on 01/12/2012 8:25:16 AM PST by marty60
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To: PLD

Obama hates the people of this state for not voting for him.

You got that right.

Narcissists are hateful, and have no empathy.

Remember when he joked about half the state being on fire?

He JOKED about our tragedies...

grrr. can’t say what’s in my mind...


34 posted on 01/12/2012 8:47:48 AM PST by spankalib (The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
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To: spankalib

The sad thing is I really don’t think he was joking..He is a pathetic piece of trash..


35 posted on 01/12/2012 9:07:02 AM PST by PLD
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To: PLD

Texas will get help from Obama when hell freezes over.

The good news is ... we don’t need it.


36 posted on 01/12/2012 9:10:44 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: PLD

37 posted on 01/12/2012 9:11:50 AM PST by PLD
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To: altura

Amen!!


38 posted on 01/12/2012 9:14:48 AM PST by PLD
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To: altura

That is what makes him go nuts when it comes to Texas!!!


39 posted on 01/12/2012 9:16:52 AM PST by PLD
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To: smokingfrog

Way down in the data it says the refineries produce 13% of emissions in state - what percent comes from autos? The data has no compared to what? If we have twice as many power plants, and refineries, as Calif how come our air is cleaner!!!


40 posted on 01/12/2012 10:48:00 AM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: q_an_a
Why Hollywood is one of the worst polluters
41 posted on 01/12/2012 11:32:28 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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