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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Increase In MT

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Carbon dioxide emissions rose by more than 11% in Montana throughout the last decade.

A report from the Energy Information Administration showed the Treasure State continues to have one of the highest per-capita greenhouse gas emission rates in the nation.

The report shows energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in Montana totaled almost 35 million tons in 2010.

That translates into more than 35 tons per resident.

"We generate twice the amount of electricity we use in the state, so we're a major exporter of electricity that's generated here, and because of that our per capita CO2 emissions are fairly high," said Missoula County Air Quality Specialist Benjamin Schmidt. "Of course, we're also a rural state, which means people will tend to drive longer distances at times."

Only five states had high per-capita emission rates, including Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, West Virginia and Louisiana.

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