16 Jan '12, 10pm

One company behind U.S.'s top three biggest greenhouse gas emitters ~ ~ #climatechange

One company behind U.S.'s top three biggest greenhouse gas emitters Jeremy Hance mongabay.com January 16, 2012 The Atlanta-based Southern Company owns the top three biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. according to recent data released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Three of Southern's coal-fired plants—two in Georgia and one in Alabama—account for around 64.74 million metric tons of total greenhouse gas emissions, higher than all of Finland's carbon emission in 2008. The EPA's report listed the top 100 "big emissions sources" in U.S., 96 of which were power plants. The top 20 were largely made up of coal plants. Another company, American Electric Power, also owned three coal-fired plants in the top 20. For its part, Southern Company told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that their emissions are "indicative" of their power plants "being am...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0116-hance_southerncompany....

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