Lexington Ranked Worst In The Country For Carbon Footprints

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

According to a Brookings Institution study of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas, Lexington ranked number 100 as the worst for carbon emission.

Los Angeles and New York were ranked in the top five for having the least carbon footprints across the nation. The rankings were based highly on carbon usage per capita.

There are a number of contributing factors to Lexington's ranking. Urban sprawl is a major factor and the use of public transportation is low compared to denser cities.

Also, Lexington's energy source is primarily coal. Being a mid-latitude state, heating and cooling systems are used nearly year-round.

The average Lexington resident was responsible for putting 3.46 metric tons of carbon emissions in the the atmosphere in 2005. The average footprint for all metro areas was 2.24 tons.

Other cities in the five worst include the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, which came in at number 98, and Louisville, which weighed in at number 96.

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  • by Frank Location: Winchester on Jun 2, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    Way to go Lexington!!! I think we all need to pitch in and go from citywide to statewide, making the whole state of Kentucky the worst in the US for carbon footprints!!!!!
  • by Brian Location: Ashland on Jun 2, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    Just when you think the government has run out of scams to screw us out of what earned dollars are left, here comes a new one. What clown came up with this garbage??
  • by Matt Location: Lexington on May 30, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    The papers said the interstate traffic with the trucks and national travel at the 75/64 corridor significantly raised the carbon levels per capita. This whole report seems like a load of bologna. The air is crisp and clean here, I'd challenge you to go find crisp and clean air in Los Angeles County.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on May 30, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    How much of a tax increase is needed to reverse this carbon footprint locally? Or shud we just send money to Al Gore and his UN buddies?
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on May 30, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    That's funny,the last time I was in New York you couldn't even see the sun because of the smog.These people are just taking Gov. money to make a statement.Lexington is one of the cleanest cities I have ever been too.I bet the people that did the report didn't walk in New York or LA in the dark,here downtown you can still walk without getting mugged or begged by a homeless person.My report says....go !@@# the report!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    steve and land of the blah blah blah, you guys are ridiculous. You don't think billions of people on this earth living and producing CO2 won't eventually screw up the planet? Oh, and the gov't wants you to believe in global warming so you use renewable, clean energy (Which is totally the opposite right now with foreign dependence on oil)! I mean come on! Undertaking the unnatural process of taking something that's been burried under the ground for millions of years under layers of earth such as oil and coal and burning it into the atomosphere worldwide since the industrial revolution can't be good and sustainable.
  • by nancy Location: lexington on May 30, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    you don't mention SUV's?
  • by RS Location: Lexington on May 29, 2008 at 11:07 PM
    It's partially because our public transportation here is terrible. It's not like you can hop on the bus and go straight to your destination. Every time I've considered taking the bus, using the route planner on Lextran's site, it would have taken me forever to get where I was going. Too much hassle.
  • by john Location: Land of the sheep home of the slave on May 29, 2008 at 09:14 PM
    We are not buying into this global warming scam any more. You can stop the pr campaign now.
  • by steve Location: irvine on May 29, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    This is the biggest sham of the 21 century this is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard of i am telling you people this is just another way for the government to take your money wake up oh yea thank you libs.
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