EPA Greenhouse Data Site Offers Bounty of Local Stories

January 12, 2012

News media are already digging local stories out of the greenhouse gas emissions database that EPA put online January 11, 2012. They have not got all of them yet.

The searchable database is finally being published online for the first time after Congress mandated it in a rider to the 2008 omnibus appropriations bill. EPA compromised after protests from industry, limiting it to only the largest emitters.

The online search interface allows you to pick only emitters in certain states. It also allows you to focus on emissions of each of the six greenhouse gases it includes — or to customize views according to size of emission or emitting industry.