Promoting his Executive Order about developing regulation for carbon pricing, Governor Terry McAuliffe tweeted out that this would “keep VA #1 on climate issues“. While that tweet generated some ridiculing from clean energy activists, McAuliffe’s tweeted assertion raises the question: What does it mean to be “#1 on climate issues”?
How might we measure this? Here are some potential items:
- Carbon Emissions per capita?
- Energy use per capita?
- Energy Efficiency? (home? business? car?)
- ‘Climate-aware policies’?
- Industrial pollution?
- “Leading the charge on renewable energy”?
- Or …
Thus, a quick look at ‘what measurements’ might exist to help illuminate the question of who is “#1 on climate issues“. Essentially, across the board, Virginia is middle-of-the-pack (or toward the bottom) in results, and policies to address climate change.
Various Measures of States related to “Climate Issues”
|Per Capita Energy Use||New York||Louisiana||30||EIA|
|CO2 Emissions Per Capita||Washington, DC||Texas||18||EIA|
|Energy Efficiency||MA/CA (tied)||North Dakoa||33||ACEEE|
|Energy Efficiency||New York||South Carolina||35||Wallet Hub|
|Home Energy Efficiency||Utah||Louisiana||36||Wallet Hub|
|Car Energy Efficiency||New York||North Dakota||31||Wallet Hub|
|Worst Industrial Pollution||Ohio||14||World Atlas|
|Toxic Chemical Releases||Rhode Island||Alaska||20||Scorecard|
|Renewable Energy Leaders||Oregon||Smart Asset|
|Clean Energy Momentum||California||Union of Concerned Scientists|
|Greenest States||Vermont||Wyoming||31||Wallet Hub|
|Environmental quality||Vermont||Montana||46||Wallet Hub|
|Eco-Friendly Behaviors||Oregon||Louisiana||39||Wallet Hub|
|Climate-Change Contributions||Delaware||Montana||15||Wallet Hub|
A simple question:
By what measure is “VA #1 on climate issues”?
(For more discussion, see Ranking: What does it mean to be #1 on climate?)