The top 100 carbon dioxide-producing facilities in California generated 101,890,944 metric tons of CO2 in 2007, according to data recently released by the California Air Resources Board. We¹ve mapped that data to show where the 100 largest polluters are located. Power plants and oil refineries appear to be the largest culprits.
DISCLAIMER FROM AIR RESOURCES BOARD: This is the first year of reporting, and these numbers are self-reported and have not been verified. The air resources board has accredited the first batch of third-party verifiers and we will begin that process in 2010. Thus, these numbers are subject to change and could contain errors.The measurements reported here are CO2E, “carbon dioxide equivalent,” as some greenhouse gas emissions might be other gases, like methane, which have different “global warming potentials.” Almost all emissions reported are CO2.
CO2 conversions are from the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.