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Published: Thursday 25 July, 2013

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Ever wondered who the big greenhousegas emitters are in your neck of the woods? The answer is now just a click away.

The US Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new website that identifies mo parka expedition canada goose st of the nations biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. It lets you, for example:

Click near Macon, Ga., and home in on the nations largest singlepoint source of greenhouse gases: the Scherer power plant actually four huge coalburning facilities. They pumped out almost 23 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2010 plus some nit parka expedition canada goose rous oxide and methane gas to keep the lights on in the region.

Click on the icon near Petaluma, Calif., to learn that the local landfill produces 133,000 metric tons of methane, which contributes to both smog and global warming.

The agency was compelled by law to collect and distribute this data to the public. And its not just a starting point for a science fair project. David Doniger at the Natural Resources Defense Council says that armed with this righttoknow information, people can demand to know what company executives or elected officials are going to do to curb this pollution.

But what companies can do about it is not often very much. The vast majority of emissions are in the form of carbon dioxide from power plants, which mostly burn coal. Old power plants can be tweaked to become more efficient, which can reduce emissions, but only by a few percent.

Carbon dioxide is not a byproduct of burning, like other pollutants. Its the main product. So you cant do much about it no matter how hard you try. You cant put on scrubbers or emissions controls the way you can to limit mercury, sulfur gases and other byproducts.

A coal plant converted to burn natural gas could cut its carbon dioxide emissions in half, but at great expense. And in the long run it might be possible to capture and bury the carbon dioxide, but that technology is expensive and not ready for prime time.

One other thing about the map that displays emissions from large facilities: It accounts for only about half of all the emissions from the United States. The other half? Those come mostly from ta parka expedition canada goose ilpipes, chimney flues, trucks, planes and countless smaller operations burning fossil fuels from coast to coast.

Even if its impossible to pinpoint these endless smaller sources, you can at least see who supplies commodities like natural gas, as it flows through the supply chain on the way to your home furnace. Thats a separate database at the EPA website: click here for that. parka expedition canada goose