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Wyomings Economic Activites That Have The Attention Of The EPA

 

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.  Today on the Top 5 at 7:45, I’ll highlight what other economic activities that Wyoming is engaged in that might be in the cross hairs of the EPA.

  1. Energy Supply Outlets – Emissions from burning coal, natural gas and oil for heating and electric is the largest, single source of global greenhouse emissions. According to the EPA, it makes up about 26% of these greenhouse gasses.
  2. Industry – Emissions from chemical, mineral transformation processes and others that are not associated with energy consumption, account for 19% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA.
  3. Agriculture – The EPA notes that 14% of greenhouse gas emissions come from agricultural soils and livestock. Ag is huge in Wyoming state and is a focus point for the EPA.
  4. Transportation – Wyoming has tractors, semi-trucks, cattle trucks that help to transport fuel, cattle and hay to various parts of the state and the country. The EPA notes that 13% of global greenhouse emissions come from this sector which primarily involves fossil fuels, burned for road and air. About 95%, or most all, of the world’s transportation energy comes from petroleum-based fuels.
  5. Commercial and Residential Buildings – As Wyoming continues to prosper, so does the building of businesses and housing. According to the EPA, 8% of the global greenhouse gas emissions come from on-site energy generation and burning fuels for heat in buildings and cooking in homes.

The Top 5 at 7:45 airs weekdays with me, Gary Freeman and sponsored by First Education Federal Credit Union.

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