One Quarter of US Greenhouse Gases Come From Just 43 Companies

by ERIC ZUESSE FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT, 3/14/14

25.18% of U.S. greenhouse gases are being emitted by only 43 firms, according to figures tabulated by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), from corporate filings with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as of the latest available year, which was 2011.

PERI, which is sponsored by the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, lists the largest 100 emitters at its website….

The Koch brothers’ firm, Koch Industries, is #27 on this list, and generates 0.36% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The Kochs are additionally #14 on PERI’s list of “Toxic 100 Air Polluters” (which measures toxins put into the air). The top five on that list, in order, are: Precision Castparts, E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Bayer, Dow, and ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil is also #14 on the greenhouse-pollution list, PERI’s “Greenhouse 100 Polluters.” So, there is some crossover between those two lists, but not much.

Almost all of the companies on both of these pollution-lists are overwhelmingly Republican in their political donations. (The Republican Party opposes taking measures against global warming.) Most of them are also members of the Koch-brothers-organized bundling operation that poured more than $400 million into advertisements for Republican candidates and policies during the 2012 campaign….

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