WPR News
10:39 am
Mon June 4, 2007

Wyoming Emits Most CO2 Per Capita

Laramie, WY – The Associated Press reports that Wyoming churns out more greenhouse gases per capita than any other state. It takes Wyoming's coal-fired plants only 8 hours to produce the same amount of carbon dioxide that Vermont generates in the entire year. The AP analyzed state-by-state CO2 emissions from 2003, which were the latest government numbers available. The review shows that Wyoming emits nearly 280,000 pounds of carbon dioxide for every resident. To place that in perspective, burning a gallon of gas emits roughly 20 pounds of CO2. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality head John Corra says the per capita number doesn't bother him because most of the emissions are the result of providing other states with power. Corra said the DEQ only started tallying CO2 emissions in 2006.