June 19, 2021
Economy

WV’s coal economy keeps carbon emissions coming as aging AEP plants near compliance crossroads | Energy and Environment

The climate is changing more because West Virginia’s economy is changing less.

West Virginia’s per capita energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were third-highest in the country in 2018 and decreased less than 14% from 1990 to 2018, according to a Charleston Gazette-Mail analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration data. That’s a greater decline than only 14 other states.

The carbon intensity of West Virginia’s economy — metric tons of energy-related carbon dioxide per dollars of gross domestic product — was second-highest in the country in 2018, behind only Wyoming and nearly as much as Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania combined. The carbon intensity of West Virginia’s economy declined 32.9%, a larger decrease than only 13 other states.

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