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Greenhouse gas emissions in Louisiana have fallen by 66% since 1990, despite an increase in energy demand and production, according to a study released by Consumer Energy Alliance.

Despite Louisiana being the largest energy consumer, and a top producer of oil and natural gas in the US, carbon emissions declined by 8% between 1990 and 2016.

Louisiana reduced the emissions of nitrogen oxides by 61%, sulfur dioxide by 66% and particular matter by 17%.

The state is ranked eighth in the US for energy production.

Louisianans are fourth in the nation for energy expenditures. Residents spent an average of $6,860 for their energy needs in 2017, one of the highest rates in the nation.

With 20% or nearly 900,000 of Louisianans live at or below the poverty line, this translates to more than 55% of their income going toward energy expenses.

However, the state’s gross domestic product has grown by 150% a demonstration of the possibility to maintain sound environmental stewardship while also expanding energy production and supporting economic growth.

Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, said: “Louisiana’s environmental improvements are undeniable and they demonstrate that environmental improvement and energy production can and do go hand-in-hand.

“Louisiana, as a great contributor to American energy security, has seen major modern energy investments, all while its people are enjoying healthier air. Some choose to present the environment and energy as an either-or choice. But Louisianans already know the two go better together. A stronger environment and sound energy production help improve their communities and economic opportunity by contributing to a healthy economy and way of life.”