Skip to comments.Texas leads U.S. in greenhouse gas emissions
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.
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Last time I checked, Texas is a BIG state. I wonder if they figured in the carbon dioxide produced from all the Texas wildfires?
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.
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.
Looks and smells like money and jobs to me! (Although I can’t remember seeing any smog in a very long time...)
IE, Texas leads in useful energy production at prices affordable to the common man.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Texas is the leading crude oil-producing State in the Nation.
Texass 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 Nations leading natural gas producer.
Since we supply so much energy for the rest of the nation’s use, we need their “carbon credits”.
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.
WE NEED ACTION!!!
HERE HE COMES, HE'LL SAVE US.
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.
“Greenhouse” gas CO2 is what plants use to breathe.
Enviro-weenies want to block CO2.
Environmentalists hate plants.
Shame on enviro-weenies.
Thank you Texas! It is getting cold here in So Cal!
How can Texas possibly top the MSM in GHG.
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.
Dear God, thank you for Texas!
Since the most prominent “greenhouse gas” in the atmosphere is water vapor, is this a bad thing, or is this just silly nonsense?
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!
Actually, it looks like La Nina will die in April or May.
Boy that is so welcome welcome news. Where did you see that? Just curious, trust but verify and all that lol.
NOAA Enso forecast. I can go find it but it’ll take a few minutes.
I’ll look for it. Thanks for the good news
The combination of hubris and foolishness among these people is staggering.
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.
The Fascist EPA is continuing it’s attacks on TEXAS. GTH EPA.
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...
The sad thing is I really don’t think he was joking..He is a pathetic piece of trash..
Texas will get help from Obama when hell freezes over.
The good news is ... we don’t need it.
That is what makes him go nuts when it comes to Texas!!!
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!!!