New Hampshire’s per-capita CO2 emissions have fallen 25 percent from 2000 to 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Energy – better than the national average of 19 percent.

Massachusetts’ figure also declined 25 percent, Vermont down 19 percent and Maine down a whopping 30 percent, probably because it shut its only coal-fired power plant during that time as well as cutting back on oil-fired power production.

As you’ll see from the chart, shown above, New Hampshire’s per-capita CO2 emission soared through 2003, then nose-dived. That rise may be a reflection of how often the coal-fired Merrimack Station power plant in Bow was used each year, although that’s just a guess.

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