REPORT: 2010 Witnessed the Largest One-Year Increase in Carbon Pollution in Past 15 Years
18 Feb 2011 |
A recently released report from the Environmental Integrity Project found that in 2010 carbon pollution rose by 5.56 percent since 2009, the single largest one-year increase since the EPA began tracking carbon pollution in 1995.
Principal findings of the report conclude:
- The 10 worst states for carbon pollution in 2010 were Texas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri.
- Texas power plants ranked #1 in 2010 carbon pollution, with nearly 257 million tons of pollution, and as much as #2-ranked Florida and #3-ranked Ohio combined. Texas carbon pollution was more than seven times higher the pollution from power plants in California.
- In the United States as a whole, 50 coal-fired power plants accounted for 750 million tons of carbon pollution in 2010, nearly one-third of all carbon pollution in the country.
However, the most important finding of the report stated:
- Phasing out the worst polluters would enable cleaner technologies ??? like the 3.6 gigawatts of windpower installed in 2010 ??? to aid in economic recovery while simultaneously reducing global warming, as well as damage to public health from dirty coal plants.
The report comes as Congress heatedly debates about stripping EPA funding in order to prevent the agency from implement commonsense safeguards to reduce carbon pollution and protect public health.