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How much carbon dioxide does your state emit?

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    How much carbon dioxide does your state emit?

    Just last Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after facing many ethical controversies. And it was only last June when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Accords, the global initiative for working to prevent an overall two-degree Celsius rise in temperature. Climate science is a hot-button issue, and drastic policy and administrative changes have clouded what’s in store for the future.

    The current administration has voiced intentions to roll back on environmental protection policies, but not much has advanced, at least not enough to make noticeable changes. Unfortunately bike-share programs and the occasional solar-powered home aren’t enough to tackle the rise in fossil fuel use. Even though green initiatives and renewable energy have become trendy and it may appear as though people are leaning toward more environmentally conscious lifestyles, human-caused carbon dioxide emissions due to fossil fuels and industries have actually increased.

    Moreover, the increase of carbon dioxide levels can be mapped—generally, each state emits a different amount. Emissions depend on elements including industries in the area, number of vehicles on the road, and also the population size. Using data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s most recent carbon dioxide emissions report, Stacker looked into each state’s total and per person CO2 emissions, as well as the change in emissions since 2000.

    Keep reading to see how your state ranks among the rest in CO2 emissions.

    RELATED: States that consume the most energy

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    #51. District of Columbia

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 3 million metric tons (.06% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 4.46 metric tons (#51 highest)

    Change since 2000: -1.29 million metric tons (-0.30%)

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    #50. Vermont

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 6.12 million metric tons (.12% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 9.80 metric tons (#46 highest)

    Change since 2000: -0.63 million metric tons (-0.09%)

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    #49. Rhode Island

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 10.9 million metric tons (.21% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 10.32 metric tons (#43 highest)

    Change since 2000: -0.84 million metric tons (-0.07%)

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    #48. Delaware

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 13.42 million metric tons (.26% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 14.21 metric tons (#30 highest)

    Change since 2000: -3.24 million metric tons (-0.19%)

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    #47. South Dakota

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 14.15 million metric tons (.27% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 16.57 metric tons (#25 highest)

    Change since 2000: -0.04 million metric tons (0.00%)

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    #46. New Hampshire

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 15.12 million metric tons (.29% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 11.37 metric tons (#40 highest)

    Change since 2000: -2.36 million metric tons (-0.14%)

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    #45. Maine

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 16.79 million metric tons (.32% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 12.65 metric tons (#34 highest)

    Change since 2000: -5.57 million metric tons (-0.25%)

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    #44. Idaho

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 17.8 million metric tons (.34% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 10.79 metric tons (#41 highest)

    Change since 2000: 2.11 million metric tons (0.13%)

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    #43. Hawaii

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 18.59 million metric tons (.35% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 13.03 metric tons (#33 highest)

    Change since 2000: -0.18 million metric tons (-0.01%)

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    #42. Montana

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 32.2 million metric tons (.61% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 31.31 metric tons (#6 highest)

    Change since 2000: 0.81 million metric tons (0.03%)

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    #41. Nevada

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 35.19 million metric tons (.67% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 12.21 metric tons (#37 highest)

    Change since 2000: -10.18 million metric tons (-0.22%)

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    #40. Alaska

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 36.15 million metric tons (.69% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 48.99 metric tons (#4 highest)

    Change since 2000: -8.17 million metric tons (-0.18%)

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    #39. Connecticut

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 36.45 million metric tons (.69% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 10.14 metric tons (#44 highest)

    Change since 2000: -6.51 million metric tons (-0.15%)

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    #38. Oregon

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 38.05 million metric tons (.72% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 9.47 metric tons (#48 highest)

    Change since 2000: -3.34 million metric tons (-0.08%)

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    #37. New Mexico

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 50.21 million metric tons (.96% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 24.11 metric tons (#13 highest)

    Change since 2000: -7.96 million metric tons (-0.14%)

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    #36. Nebraska

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 50.64 million metric tons (.96% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 26.74 metric tons (#9 highest)

    Change since 2000: 9.05 million metric tons (0.22%)

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    #35. North Dakota

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 57.14 million metric tons (1.09% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 75.70 metric tons (#2 highest)

    Change since 2000: 6.30 million metric tons (0.12%)

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    #34. Arkansas

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 59.14 million metric tons (1.13% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 19.87 metric tons (#19 highest)

    Change since 2000: -4.55 million metric tons (-0.07%)

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    #33. Maryland

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 59.45 million metric tons (1.13% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 9.91 metric tons (#45 highest)

    Change since 2000: -17.98 million metric tons (-0.23%)

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    #32. Kansas

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 63.11 million metric tons (1.20% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 21.72 metric tons (#16 highest)

    Change since 2000: -13.12 million metric tons (-0.17%)

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    #31. Utah

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 63.19 million metric tons (1.20% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 21.17 metric tons (#17 highest)

    Change since 2000: -1.98 million metric tons (-0.03%)

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    #30. Wyoming

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 64.79 million metric tons (1.23% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 110.54 metric tons (#1 highest)

    Change since 2000: 1.63 million metric tons (0.03%)

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    #29. Mississippi

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 65.09 million metric tons (1.24% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 21.80 metric tons (#15 highest)

    Change since 2000: 3.54 million metric tons (0.06%)

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    #28. Massachusetts

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 65.6 million metric tons (1.25% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 9.66 metric tons (#47 highest)

    Change since 2000: -16.89 million metric tons (-0.20%)

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    #27. South Carolina

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 73.38 million metric tons (1.40% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 15.00 metric tons (#29 highest)

    Change since 2000: -8.26 million metric tons (-0.10%)

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    #26. Washington

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 75.69 million metric tons (1.44% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 10.58 metric tons (#42 highest)

    Change since 2000: -7.50 million metric tons (-0.09%)

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    #25. Iowa

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 75.75 million metric tons (1.44% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 24.29 metric tons (#12 highest)

    Change since 2000: -2.00 million metric tons (-0.03%)

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    #24. Minnesota

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 87.66 million metric tons (1.67% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 15.99 metric tons (#27 highest)

    Change since 2000: -10.36 million metric tons (-0.11%)

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    #23. Colorado

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 90.26 million metric tons (1.72% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 16.59 metric tons (#24 highest)

    Change since 2000: 5.62 million metric tons (0.07%)

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    #22. Arizona

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 90.89 million metric tons (1.73% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 13.36 metric tons (#32 highest)

    Change since 2000: 4.82 million metric tons (0.06%)

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    #21. West Virginia

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 92.01 million metric tons (1.75% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 50.01 metric tons (#3 highest)

    Change since 2000: -22.89 million metric tons (-0.20%)

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    #20. Wisconsin

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 99.63 million metric tons (1.90% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 17.30 metric tons (#22 highest)

    Change since 2000: -8.41 million metric tons (-0.08%)

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    #19. Tennessee

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 99.77 million metric tons (1.90% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 15.14 metric tons (#28 highest)

    Change since 2000: -28.27 million metric tons (-0.22%)

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    #18. Oklahoma

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 101.35 million metric tons (1.93% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 25.96 metric tons (#10 highest)

    Change since 2000: 1.10 million metric tons (0.01%)

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    #17. Virginia

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 103 million metric tons (1.96% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 12.31 metric tons (#36 highest)

    Change since 2000: -20.07 million metric tons (-0.16%)

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    #16. New Jersey

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 111.86 million metric tons (2.13% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 12.48 metric tons (#35 highest)

    Change since 2000: -12.15 million metric tons (-0.10%)

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    #15. Alabama

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 119.82 million metric tons (2.28% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 24.70 metric tons (#11 highest)

    Change since 2000: -22.39 million metric tons (-0.16%)

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    #14. North Carolina

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 120.44 million metric tons (2.29% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 11.99 metric tons (#38 highest)

    Change since 2000: -28.68 million metric tons (-0.19%)

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    #13. Missouri

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 123.25 million metric tons (2.35% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 20.30 metric tons (#18 highest)

    Change since 2000: -2.73 million metric tons (-0.02%)

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    #12. Kentucky

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 130.21 million metric tons (2.48% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 29.45 metric tons (#7 highest)

    Change since 2000: -15.70 million metric tons (-0.11%)

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    #11. Georgia

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 137.1 million metric tons (2.61% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 13.44 metric tons (#31 highest)

    Change since 2000: -32.10 million metric tons (-0.19%)

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    #10. Michigan

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 162.58 million metric tons (3.10% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 16.39 metric tons (#26 highest)

    Change since 2000: -31.37 million metric tons (-0.16%)

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    #9. New York

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 168.34 million metric tons (3.21% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 8.49 metric tons (#50 highest)

    Change since 2000: -44.27 million metric tons (-0.21%)

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    #8. Indiana

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 188.14 million metric tons (3.58% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 28.46 metric tons (#8 highest)

    Change since 2000: -50.26 million metric tons (-0.21%)

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    #7. Ohio

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 214.48 million metric tons (4.09% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 18.48 metric tons (#20 highest)

    Change since 2000: -51.73 million metric tons (-0.19%)

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    #6. Louisiana

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 218.2 million metric tons (4.16% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 46.71 metric tons (#5 highest)

    Change since 2000: -12.95 million metric tons (-0.06%)

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    #5. Illinois

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 219.24 million metric tons (4.18% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 17.05 metric tons (#23 highest)

    Change since 2000: -14.59 million metric tons (-0.06%)

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    #4. Florida

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 231.41 million metric tons (4.41% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 11.42 metric tons (#39 highest)

    Change since 2000: -8.33 million metric tons (-0.03%)

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    #3. Pennsylvania

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 233.15 million metric tons (4.44% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 18.23 metric tons (#21 highest)

    Change since 2000: -44.37 million metric tons (-0.16%)

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    #2. California

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 363.55 million metric tons (6.93% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 9.31 metric tons (#49 highest)

    Change since 2000: -18.87 million metric tons (-0.05%)

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    #1. Texas

    Carbon dioxide emitted in 2015: 625.84 million metric tons (11.92% of U.S. total)

    Carbon dioxide emitted per person: 22.80 metric tons (#14 highest)

    Change since 2000: -31.73 million metric tons (-0.05%)

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