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EPA: Texas Still No. 1 In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The Handley power plant in Fort Worth.  (Photo credit Kent Chapline, KTVT/KTXA)

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HOUSTON (AP) — A federal report says pollution that contributes to man-made climate change declined 4.5 percent nationwide last year, but Texas still leads in carbon dioxide emissions.

Texas has also decreased such pollution. But a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released Wednesday shows the Lone Star State still emitted about double the carbon dioxide than any other state.

Texas is home to many high-polluting facilities, such as power plants, petroleum refineries and chemical plants.

The EPA attributes the overall decline in greenhouse gas emissions to a shift from coal to natural gas and a drop in electricity production. The findings are collected from more than 8,000 facilities required to report such emissions to the agency.

The Department of Energy reported on Monday a 3.8 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions.

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