Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Carbon dioxide emissions fall in Ohio, but state still among worst

Ohio produced the fifth-most carbon dioxide emissions in 2014, putting 232 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, ranking behind Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

COLUMBUS — “Ohio has been spewing a lot less of a major contributor to climate change than it did in 2000, but it’s still near the top of U.S states.

The state produced the fifth-most carbon dioxide emissions in 2014, putting 232 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, ranking behind Texas, California, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

…Ohio is well-known for its coal-fired power plants, but the updated figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration also includes use from the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. Size matters, too, as the top five states rank among the seven biggest by population.”

— Tom Knox, Columbus Business First

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