by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor | John Locke Foundation
I have good news. It’s news so ridiculously underreported that a recent Civitas poll Civitas’ poll found that 44 percent of North Carolinians believe the environment in North Carolina is less clean than it was 10 years ago.
Last year I updated the surprising charts from my report on The Market Forces Behind North Carolina’s Falling Emissions:
I’ve updated those numbers with the most recent data (through 2017). Here are my findings:
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:
So what’s happening? The reasons energy-based emissions have been falling all century in North Carolina and the U.S. are market-oriented, not government-driven: