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Climate Action: What We Do Here Matters

The West is not only particularly vulnerable to climate change -- we also contribute to it. Arizona and Colorado each emit more carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel use than 174 nations do. Utah emits more than 172 nations, Wyoming more than 171,

  New Mexico more than 164, Nevada more than 156, and Montana more than 143. Even Idaho, with the region's lowest emissions, still emits more than 130 nations.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Fossil-Fuel Use in 2000
Rocky Mountain States Compared to Selected Nations

State or Nation
Emissions Rank (Among 212 Nations)
Emissions (millions of metric tons of carbon)
Romania
38
23.5
Arizona
N/A
23.2
Colorado
N/A
22.9
Philippines
39
21.2
Iraq
40
20.8
Utah
N/A
17.3
Israel
41
17.2
Wyoming
N/A
16.9
Austria
42
16.6
Portugal
43
16.3
Chile
44
16.2
Belarus
45
16.1
Singapore
46
16.1
United Arab Emirates
47
16.1
Columbia
48
16.0
New Mexico
N/A
15.8
Viet Nam
49
15.7
Libya
50
15.6
 
State or Nation Emissions Rank (Among 212 Nations) Emissions (millions of metric tons of carbon)
Sweden
56
12.8
Nevada
N/A
12.2
Denmark
57
12.2
* * *
   
Cuba
69
8.4
Montana
N/A
8.3
Peru
70
8.1
Bangladesh
71
8.0
***
   
Ecuador
74
6.9
Dominican Republic
75
6.9
Oman
76
5.4
Croatia
77
5.3
***    
Idaho
N/A
4.2
Lebanon
83
4.1
Zimbabwe
84
4.0
Source: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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