A handful of hotspots around Tennessee are pumping millions of tons of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas and a leading cause of global warming, into the atmosphere each year. And some of the smallest counties are leaving the biggest carbon footprints.Besides turning our unused lights off and buying more efficient appliances, how are we going to break the cycle on a large scale?
Sumner County will produce millions of tons of carbon dioxide this year, compared to the 123,435 tons that will come out of power plants in its more populous neighbor, Davidson County.
This year alone, the coal-fired smokestacks of the TVA’s Gallatin power plant will produce enough power to light 300,000 homes — along with 6.8 million tons of CO2.
The majority of Tennesseans get their power from coal-burning plants, which means that every time they flip a light switch, they’re burning coal, and producing greenhouse gasses.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Our smoggy state is ranked 17th in in the nation in carbon emissions due largely to our coal-burning power plants. The Tennessean reports that smaller counties are the worst polluters: