America's worst corporate air polluters

As you might expect, coal-burning power plants spew the most greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But you may be surprised to learn who owns some of them.

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Jun 21, 2013 6:50AM

The majority of these companies are power plants which create electricity.


Electricity is needed to power electric cars.


People who drive electric cars require more electricity  than people who drive gas cars.


So in the end, people who drive electric cars are the ones that are the worse air polluters.

Jun 20, 2013 11:03PM
Yes lets see what it looks like in China and India.  You can still see the sky in those "Bad" Plants.  Show the sky around China's and India's.   Blotted out.. looks like 3 am at 12 noon.
Jun 21, 2013 2:01AM
Solar technology is getting better each year, I recently bought a solar powered light system for my front yard, a small 4" x 4" panel charges a small battery and powers three very bright spot lights all night. If we were to use this same principle to power ever street light in America we could save tax payers billions in energy costs, put thousands of Americans to work and reduce carbon emissions at the same time. If we have the will, there's always a way.
Jun 21, 2013 1:38AM
Wow...the Us. Government and Berkshire-Hathaway were on this list. Somebody is going to lose their job. This honesty cannot be tolerated.
Jun 21, 2013 9:23AM
OMG... in #10 Xcel... that's a picture of cooling towers on a cool morning.  The only emmission in that picture is water vapor and a trace small amount of cooling tower chemicals in drift.  The most dangerous emission are almsot always invisible, yet hte media aways grabs a shot of cooling stacks with water vapor comming out.
Jun 21, 2013 9:28AM

#4, TVA is mostly hydroelectric and shold be applauded.


#1 CO2 emitter... humans that are breathing.

Jun 20, 2013 8:15PM
WOW, just think you can add another to the list, CHINA, yes in the pacific northwest, the train and coal corp's AND FED,  want to ship more coal to CHINA from deep water ports, more coal dust and more pollutants in the air, local and worldwide that we get back, IS THAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR A BUCK??? (OR IS THAT FOR THE GREEN BUCK)////
Jun 21, 2013 8:15AM

Two sets of rules, one for the govt. and one for us? 

 We do need electricity, how about a natural gas distribution system across the U.S. as a shovel ready project?  In the end it wouldn't be as wasted as the money spent in the last few years on B.S. projects.

Jun 21, 2013 9:25AM
#7 looks like a newer nuclear reactor.  No CO2 there.
Jun 20, 2013 11:02PM
What about Monsanto!!!  They are kill the human race, bees and who knows what else at a very rapid rate!!!
Jun 21, 2013 9:24AM
Add # 9, & 8 as well... both cooling towers emitting toxic water vapor just like a lake or ocean.
Jun 20, 2013 9:53PM
Notice these are all electric companies. Let's build more electric equipment and all electric homes. Forget expanding natural gas in terms of coverage and purpose. Much of what we do with coal, gasoline, diesel, and some electricity can be done with much lower emission natural gas. Let alone send the mideast packing. Pump tons of money into that technology which is at least a medium range alternative to what we are doing. It makes no sense in environmental terms to build everything over seas to avoid pollution and labor costs and increase both by shipping halfway around the planet. If we built transportation systems for people we would power it with electricity only sending the pollution to a county or two away. Our do nothing congress needs to address these issues rather than engaging in never ending pi$$ing contests!
Jun 22, 2013 12:22AM
Warren Buffet, the famous DEMOCRAT and his Berkshire Hathaway are the 5th largest polluters.   I bet you treehugging liberals just love that don't you?  One of your own is a giant polluter.
Jun 21, 2013 12:23PM

Look into your own backyard, and you'll find that the biggest polluters are the City Officials that enforce the anti pollution laws!


Just check out any "closed Landfill" in your City, and you'll find that the ."Officials" in an effort to save money --that they receive from the Federal EPA (superfund) abuse the law and "release" Raw Methane Gas they  extract from the landfills into the atmosphere, because it is cheaper than burn it or make electricity, because it saves them money by doing so --they use Superfund moneys to give themselves bonuses and salary increases -The EPA has no authority to stop this practice --the City writes the regulations concerning the Air Quality as well as enforce them--Just guess how this turns out? The City will not give itself a fine for the polluting.. Just come to Tucson AZ and you can see this practice in action on -City employees "venting' the Methane from the collection tanks, to :lower" the Gas pressure and keep it from exploding--Seems no one can do anything about it!...Just Gas the residential areas at will....The we wonder where the "planetary warming comes from?

Jun 23, 2013 11:29AM

Nice job by MSN to show lots of water vapor (also known as steam) being emitted from all those dirty stacks.

Meanwhile, people still hire landscapers to blow the leaves from their yard using 2 stroke leaf blowers that emit 4X the pollutants (particulate) in one hour, than your automobile makes in a week.


Due to the efficiency losses from the power plant to your home electrical outlet used to charge your electric car, the electric car will only recieve about 15% of the fuel energy contained in the fossil fuel used to create that electricity. It is much more efficient to  just burn the fossil fuel right in your vehicle.


And lets not forget the 60 megawatts required to power the new NSA spying facility in Utah. Oh yeah, Obama really cares about greenhouse gas - when you build a computer center that takes as much electricity as a medium sized city just to eavesdrop on our phones and e-mails.


American public has failed at science education - so this is what we get.

Jun 21, 2013 9:26AM
Ameren is #6, has one of the largest nuclear plants in that region.  It supplies most of the power to St. Louis.
Jun 23, 2013 6:18PM
I love the way your reviewer listed my post in the worst cat..   I'll be glad to debate ANY person one on one about the REALITY of AGW!!!!!!   Bring it on.  First, you might know that I have a Doctorate and a very intense education in science.  So you not dealing with someone who only has only emotion to defend AGW!!!
Jun 23, 2013 3:04PM
When will you environmentalist wake up and see that all your predictions 10 years ago about the earth heating have been WRONG.  Wheres the rising seas?????    All the AGW allegations are false and everybody out there needs to reevaluate this THEORY known as AGW and understand its all false.  Now if you want to not have adequate  electricity and pay out the wahzoo for gas go ahead and believe these snake oil salesmen!!!!!  Co2 levels are rising BUT temps are falling--- Can anybody out there with a brain understand that?????   Can't you see these alarmist are trying to extract trillions of dollars from Americans so they can spend it like THEY want.  Don't continue to fall for this slight of hand.  WAKE THE H. UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!
Jun 21, 2013 12:57PM
The people mentioning Monsanto have it wrong.  Monsanto does not contribute to CO2 production or the worse atmospheric toxin, methane.  In fact, they grow seeds, and in doing so they are probably one of the few industries actually consuming CO2.

Now I do abhor corporations like Monsanto who commit economic crime using legalities and unintended consequences of patent law.  They allow their genes to circulate among non-modified crop farmers who then plant the resulting seed corn, and subsequently get sued by Monsanto for producing seed that has their "patented" genes.

Monsanto is destroying the farm economy, driving family farms into foreclosure with legal antics that only Satan would love.

Jun 26, 2013 10:18AM
Looks like several of these are nuclear plants.  Thought they were suppose to be cleaner?
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