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EPA says U.S. Power Plants Main Global Warming Culprits

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Posted: Jan 11, 2012 7:33 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jan 11, 2012 7:33 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: green house gases, pollution, EPA, global warming, Scherer plant, Southern Company, Juliette, Georgia

The EPA says the most detailed data yet on emissions of heat trapping green house gases show power plants in the U.S. release the bulk of pollution blamed for global warming. Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to EPA in 2010. According to an Associated Press analysis of the data, 20 power plants in 14 states account for the top sites. The largest green house polluter of 2010 is the Scherer plant in Juliette, Georgia which is owned by the Southern Company. Its a coal-fired electricity generating plant that released nearly 23 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the chief green house gas.

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