Top 20 Carbon Producing Cities

Climate Change

Wired News has the report of a new study from Purdue University that lists the top carbon footprint producing cities in the United States.

Oddly enough Phoenix is not on the list. But tiny Jim Thorpe, just north of Bethlehem PA where I lived before moving to Phoenix is on the list at number 12…

Who knew that my move to the 5th largest city in the US was going to play a significant role in my part of reducing my carbon footprint!

Here’s the list. Where’s your city?

  1. Harris, Texas (Houston), 18.625 million tons of carbon per year
  2. Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles), 18.595
  3. Cook, Ill. (Chicago), 13.209
  4. Cuyahoga, Ohio (Cleveland), 11.144
  5. Wayne, Mich. (Detroit), 8.270
  6. San Juan, N.M. (Farmington), 8.245
  7. Santa Clara, Calif. (San Jose), 7.995
  8. Jefferson, Ala. (Birmingham), 7.951
  9. Wilcox, Ala. (Camden), 7.615
  10. East Baton Rouge, La. (Baton Rouge), 7.322
  11. Titus, Texas (Mt. Pleasant), 7.244
  12. Carbon, Pa. (Jim Thorpe), 6.534
  13. Porter, Ind. (Valparaiso), 6.331
  14. Jefferson, Ohio (Steubenville), 6.278
  15. Indiana, Pa. (Indiana), 6.224
  16. Middlesex, Mass. (Boston metro area), 6.198
  17. Bexar, Texas (San Antonio), 6.141
  18. Hillsborough, Fla. (Tampa), 6.037
  19. Suffolk, N.Y. (New York metro area), 6.030
  20. Clark, Nev. (Las Vegas) 5.955″

Read the rest here.

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  1. Phoenix isn’t on the list?! Is that possible? There’s so much urban sprawl and lack of mass transit here…huh. Strange!

  2. I know – I was stunned as well to see that Phoenix didn’t make the list. Even more so when I saw that Jim Thorpe had. Jim Thorpe is a little town of maybe 10,000 people at the southern edge of the Poconos. I used to go hiking and biking up there every fall when the leaves were changing.
    Apparently though the issue is that Phoenix has a very low level of manufacturing and/or power plant production facilities – the sort of thing that would be dumping huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Jim Thorpe does have power facilities (for New York City primarily). And Houston is one giant chemical plant.

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