EPA: Texas Leads U.S. In Carbon Dioxide Emissions

HOUSTON (October 23, 2013)—A new report Wednesday from the Environmental Protection Agency says pollution that contributes to man-made climate change declined 4.5 percent nationwide last year.

Texas has also decreased such pollution, but still leads the nation in carbon dioxide emissions.

The report shows the state emitted about twice as much as any other state.

Texas is home to many high-polluting facilities, such as power plants, petroleum refineries and chemical plants.

The EPA attributes the overall decline in greenhouse gas emissions to a shift from coal to natural gas and a drop in electricity production.

The findings were collected from more than 8,000 facilities required to report such emissions to the agency.

On Monday the Department of Energy reported a 3.8 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions.

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