CC4CA fact sheet: Colorado lags the nation on reducing emissions

A new fact sheet by CC4CA draws on the latest government data to show that Colorado now lags behind the nation in reducing the largest share of heat-trapping emissions — carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use, which account for about three-quarters of all climate-changing pollution. The data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that in 2015 Colorado had reduced statewide carbon dioxide emissions by 5 percent below 2005 levels, while the nation as a whole had reduced those emissions by 11 percent. For emissions from electricity generation, Colorado’s were 10 percent lower, while national emissions were 20 percent lower. Clearly, Colorado can do more to reduce our contribution to climate change.

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