Site Ranks Power-Plant Polluters

Australia tops per capita, America absolute lists
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2007 11:30 AM CST
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(Newser) – A study of power-plant emissions names Australia as the lead polluter per capita in a field crowded with competition, Mother Jones reports. Aussie power plants produce 11 tons of carbon dioxide per person annually; American plants generate nine. The US produces the most cumulative emissions, though developing giants China and India are closing in despite low per-capita output.

The Center for Global Development launched a website yesterday that maps the worst-polluting plants from the study—calling itself "the world's best place for power-plant voyeurism," the AP reports. The top US offender? The coal-fired Scherer Power Plant in Juliette, Ga., which produces 25.3 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.