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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

  • #51. District of Columbia
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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%)

  • #50. Vermont
    3/ Famartin // Flickr

    #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%)

  • #49. Rhode Island
    4/ U.S. Air Force photo // SrA. Kelly Galloway

    #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%)

  • #48. Delaware
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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%)

  • #47. South Dakota
    6/ USFWS Mountain-Prairie // Flickr

    #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%)

  • #46. New Hampshire
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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%)

  • #45. Maine
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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%)

  • #44. Idaho
    9/ Jess Johnson // Flickr

    #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%)

  • #43. Hawaii
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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%)

  • #42. Montana
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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%)

  • #41. Nevada
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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%)

  • #40. Alaska
    13/ Staff Sgt. Matthew Rosine // U.S. Air Force photo

    #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%)

  • #39. Connecticut
    14/ U.S. Coast Guard photo

    #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%)

  • #38. Oregon
    15/ Robert Ashworth // Flickr

    #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%)

  • #37. New Mexico
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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%)

  • #36. Nebraska
    17/ NOAA Weather in Focus Photo Contest 2015

    #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%)

  • #35. North Dakota
    18/ D. Myles Cullen // Official White House Photos

    #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%)

  • #34. Arkansas
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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%)

  • #33. Maryland
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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%)

  • #32. Kansas
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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%)

  • #31. Utah
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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%)

  • #30. Wyoming
    23/ Greg Goebel // Wikicommons

    #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%)

  • #29. Mississippi
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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%)

  • #28. Massachusetts
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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%)

  • #27. South Carolina
    26/ Mark Cowell // Wikicommons

    #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%)

  • #26. Washington
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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%)

  • #25. Iowa
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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%)

  • #24. Minnesota
    29/ Tony Webster // Wikicommons

    #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%)

  • #23. Colorado
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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%)

  • #22. Arizona
    31/ Matthew Dillon // Flickr

    #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%)

  • #21. West Virginia
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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%)

  • #20. Wisconsin
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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%)

  • #19. Tennessee
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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%)

  • #18. Oklahoma
    35/ Manuel Gaitan // Wikicommons

    #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%)

  • #17. Virginia
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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%)

  • #16. New Jersey
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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%)

  • #15. Alabama
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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%)

  • #14. North Carolina
    39/ Cpl. Paul S. Martinez // USMC

    #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%)

  • #13. Missouri
    40/ Raymond M. Coveney // Wikicommons

    #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%)

  • #12. Kentucky
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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%)

  • #11. Georgia
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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%)

  • #10. Michigan
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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%)

  • #9. New York
    44/ Anthony Quintano // Flickr

    #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%)

  • #8. Indiana
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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%)

  • #7. Ohio
    46/ John L Alexandrowicz // Wikicommons

    #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%)

  • #6. Louisiana
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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%)

  • #5. Illinois
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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%)

  • #4. Florida
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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%)

  • #3. Pennsylvania
    50/ Smallbones // Wikicommons

    #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%)

  • #2. California
    51/ Eugene Zelenko // Flickr

    #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%)

  • #1. Texas
    52/ Yinan Chen // Wikicommons

    #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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