The “Toxic Twenty”: Keeping America’s Lights On

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is out with their latest “Toxic Twenty” list…

The NRDC’s report is standard green claptrap.   Kentucky led the Toxic Twenty, “emitting nearly 40.6 million pounds of harmful chemicals” in 2010.  

That’s like 20,000 tons in just one year!  I guess we better shutter Kentucky’s 72 GWh of electricity generation.

The first thing that crossed my mind was the fact that the “Toxic Twenty” looked a lot like a list of the nation’s top electricity generating States…

In typical “green fashion” the NRDC casually dismisses this fact, noting that “in 2010, these same states accounted for just 62% of electricity generation.” It boggles the mind. 40% of the States generated more than 60% of the electricity.

Here’s a comparison of April 2010 electricity generation for the “Green Thirty” vs. the “Toxic Twenty”…

If you back out hydroelectric generation, the ratio grows to 68% to 32%.  Since the NRDC are probably not fond of dams, I doubt they’d really count that as green electricity.

Here in Texas, we have a saying for groups like the NRDC: “Y’all can freeze in the dark for all we care.”

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One Response to “The “Toxic Twenty”: Keeping America’s Lights On”

  1. David Middleton Says:

    Graeme W says:
    August 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    The first thing that crossed my mind was the fact that the “Toxic Twenty” looked a lot like a list of the nation’s top electricity generating States…

    The first thing I did after reading this was to look at the names of the states. There’s a small correlation, but not a lot. Both have Pennsylvania at number three, but otherwise it’s all over the place.

    […]

    The second thing I did after looking at the “Toxic Twenty” list was to look up the EIA State ranking of electricity generation.
    Top Ten April 2012 MWh (“Toxic Twenty”):

    Texas 32,572
    Florida 16,955
    Pennsylvania 15,797

    California 14,773
    Illinois 14,685
    Washington 10,693
    Alabama 10,339
    New York 9,953
    Georgia 9,745
    Ohio 9,450

    Seven of the top ten electricity generators are in the “Toxic Twenty.” If you back out hydroelectric power, Washington and New York drop out of the top ten.

    Fourteen of the top twenty generators are in the “Toxic Twenty.”

    Conversely, Delaware is the only “Toxic Twenty” State in the ten least productive States. Delaware and Maryland are the only two “Toxic Twenty” States among the twenty lease productive States.

    Joanna says:
    August 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm
    Try cross-plotting the data in the histograms…could be more informative.

    Yes. It would be more informative. It would also have obviated Graeme W’s comment.

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