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Texas Greenhouse Gases

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2009 file photo, steam and smoke rises from a coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Scientists are more confident than ever that pumping carbon dioxide into the air by burning fossil fuels is warming the planet. By how much is something governments and scientists meeting in Stockholm will try to pin down with as much precision as possible Friday Sept. 27, 2013 in a seminal report on global warming. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2009 file photo, steam and smoke rises from a coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Scientists are more confident than ever that pumping carbon dioxide into the air by burning fossil fuels is warming the planet. By how much is something governments and scientists meeting in Stockholm will try to pin down with as much precision as possible Friday Sept. 27, 2013 in a seminal report on global warming. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal report says pollution that contributes to man-made climate change declined nationwide last year, but Texas still leads in carbon dioxide emissions.

Texas has also decreased such pollution. But a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released Wednesday shows the Lone Star State still emitted about double the carbon dioxide than 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 are collected from more than 8,000 facilities required to report such emissions to the agency.

The Department of Energy reported on Monday a 3.8 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions.


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