by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
And that’s not the whole story of North Carolina’s energy progress, thanks to market forces.
But it’s not just that North Carolina is seeing lower energy-based emissions. We’re doing this while continuing to be one of the nation’s fastest-growth states in terms of population.
So I was curious to see how emissions in North Carolina have declined on a per-capita basis. Here’s what I found:
Per-capita emissions from electricity generation in North Carolina, 2000–17
Carbon dioxide: down 50.8%
Nitrogen oxide: down 79.7%
Sulfur dioxide: down 93.5%