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Map of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions per capita

October 23, 2008

I’m trying to find time to finish up some posts I’ve had in draft phase for weeks, but am having trouble finding the time — hopefully, I’ll finish up a nice long post about a paper I have out tonight or tomorrow.

In the meantime, I came across this interesting map from the Center for American Progress website. They put together a map showing carbon dioxide emissions per state in 2005. If you click on the map below it’ll take you to their site. When you click on each state, it’ll give you the per captia amount (in metric tons).

The lighter blue colors are the states with the lowest per capita emissions whereas the darkest blue are the highest.

I live in California, which probably has the highest total emissions (due to its high population) — possibly, maybe somebody can look up that map — but has relatively low (for the States) emissions by person. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2008 4:47 pm

    How do they allocate electricity produced in one state and exported to another? Because the first thing I see here is that all the coal states are very dark, which is unfair if that electricity is used by New Yorkers and Californians.

  2. October 24, 2008 6:48 am

    Lab Lemming … yeah, that’s a good point, I’m not sure if these numbers take that into account … doesn’t look like it.

  3. October 24, 2008 11:50 am

    Lab Lemming makes a good point, my guess is that the map makers were trying to oversimplify a complex topic.

    what’s that saying again, oh yeah ‘all statistics lie’.

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