http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/arc ... er-capita/
1. Los Angeles County, CA: 21.5 million tons in a year
2. Harris County, TX (Houston): 19.6
3. Cook County, IL (Chicago): 16.5
4. Cuyahoga County, OH (Cleveland): 12.1
5. Wayne County, MI (Detroit): 8.9
6. Hennepin County, MN (Minneapolis): 8.6
7. Wilcox County, AL (Camden): 8.5
8. San Juan County, NM (Farmington): 8.5
9. East Baton Rouge, LA: 7.6
10. San Diego County, CA: 7.5
In terms of major cities, LA really is not very efficient. Much of those CO2 emissions being for transportation, which is far less efficient than major east coast cities where the largest portion of CO2 goes to necessary heating and cooling.
California tends to win a lot of subjective awards (often from California-based organizations) calling it the "greenest" state for their incentives and renewable programs. There are a large number of people who see themselves as being "green" and some areas are better than others, but much of that is superficial. However, the fundamentally inefficient structure (detached houses, long car-based commutes, etc.) of how the sprawling areas in southern California are laid out means that despite the favorable climate and the role of renewables that they overall pale in comparison to East Coast cities. Hybrids and solar panels from a handful of eco-minded people doesn't overcome the overall inefficiency. Rural America can be even worse per capita. But many European cities are even better than East Coast cities.
lne937s wrote:However, according to the Vulcan project, the county with the highest CO2 output is the sprawling mega-suburban land of long commutes in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles has one of the mildest climates in the country, eliminating much of the need for the largest consumer of energy elsewhere in the US. They have a high density of people driving hybrids, lots of sun for solar panels and people wear their green credentials on their sleeves... but it is the worst CO2 polluter in the country (although some small towns are worse per capita). What LA lacks is any semblance of intelligent community planning.
Do you have a reference to the data? The last data I saw had California with among the lowest per capita household electricity usage - combined with the low carbon footprint of CA electricity, was among the best. Of course, that doesn't take into account transportation, where New Yorkers will have a huge leg up thanks to their subway system.
Edit: Is this the Vulcan project you are referring to? http://www.purdue.edu/eas/carbon/vulcan/