| Study: Wealthiest Create Most Emissions – The top 1% was linked to more than of 17% of emissions, despite many celebrities and pols posing as loud voices against fossil fuels |
By Addison Smith –
New research published in PLOS Climate this week found that, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emitted in the United States, 40% of it comes from the 10% of richest households in the country. PLOS Climate is an open-access journal that says it furthers understanding of climatic patterns, processes, impacts and solutions by publishing transparent, rigorous and open research from diverse perspectives.
The study analyzed household income data from 1990 to 2019 and was led by University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Jared Starr. The study showed that “in 2019, fully 40% of total U.S. emissions were associated with income flows to the highest earning 10% of households,” while GHG emissions among the bottom 90% had decreased.
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