Montana greenhouse gas emissions rose 11% last decade

2013-05-14T08:00:00Z 2013-05-14T08:05:32Z Montana greenhouse gas emissions rose 11% last decadeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 14, 2013 8:00 am  • 

Carbon dioxide emissions rose by more than 11 percent in Montana last decade as the state continued to have one of the highest per-capita greenhouse gas emission rates in the country.

The Energy Information Administration says in a new report that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in Montana totaled 34.9 million tons in 2010. That translates into more than 35 tons per resident.

Total U.S. carbon dioxide emissions fell 4 percent during the same period.

Only five states had high per-capita emission rates — Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, West Virginia and Louisiana.

Montana is a net exporter of energy, meaning most of its electricity production is consumed by residents in other states.

Carbon dioxide is considered by scientists to be a major contributor to climate change.

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  1. Roger
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    Roger - May 14, 2013 1:48 pm
    The earth warmed to higher temperatures than today 900 years ago during the Medieval Warm Period. And the warming stopped 16 years ago, and there's no correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperature. The earth cooled 1945 - 1975, leading to alarmist cries of an impending ice age. You need to learn some science and climate history. The current climate is not unusual, unnatural, or unprecedented. And haven't you heard of ClimateGate? It revealed the fraud of mainstream researchers.
  2. BitterOptimist
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    BitterOptimist - May 14, 2013 12:45 pm
    Unfortunately, I think you, along with many others, have misunderstood that article.

    Here's NASA's page on climate change:

    http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators#co2

    and here is the article you are referring to:

    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/22mar_saber/

    In the second article they are talking about the Thermosphere which is nearly the highest layer of our atmosphere (not where weather occurs but where the ISS orbits). Yes, it is true that CO2 and NO act as "coolants" in this layer of the atmosphere. However, CO2 in the Troposhere traps heat causing temperatures to rise. You can determine this yourself if you would like. Get two bottles. Place a thermometer in each. In one bottle place a large amount of CO2. This can be done by reacting vinegar and baking soda and allowing the gas that forms to go into the bottle. In the second bottle just cap it with regular old atmosphere (this will be your control). Place both bottles out in the sun and take the temperature every now and then.
  3. fomerliberal
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    fomerliberal - May 14, 2013 10:57 am
    Good job Montana, lets raise it another 11%. Did you see the big article from the NASA climate change specialist that claims increased C02 emmissions have ACTUALLY kept temperatures from rising??? C02 emmisions have nothing to do with climate change. i used to buy into the Al Gore BS, but after educating myself the last few years I am convinced AL and his man made global warming is a joke.
  4. George W Hayduke
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    George W Hayduke - May 14, 2013 9:46 am
    We're painting ourselves into a corner here folks. There is no reversing this trend, we can only hope to mitigate it's effects. Sure the earth has warmed like this or had these levels but not in such short of a time period. This is too short of a time span for species to evolve and adapt. We are in the biggest science experiment of the planets history and are about to be dealt a losing hand...
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