Carbon tax profile for Georgia (Linda Li, with edits by Yoram Bauman)

% change 1990-2007
Fossil fuel CO2 emissions in millions of metric tons[1]
In millions of short tons[2]
Population in millions[3]
Per capita CO2 emissions in short tons

Per capita emissions in Georgia in 2007 were slightly lower than the U.S. average, which was 21.87 short tons per capita.[4] This was probably because of the high number of inhabitants. Atlanta, the largest city, has been among the US cities with the highest population growth since the year 2000. Since the population has grown so quickly there has been a reduction in the per-capita emissions. So even as the numbers are lower than the US average the peach state ranks as the 11th highest carbon dioxide polluting state in the nation.[5]

Georgia's power derives mainly from coal. Metro Atlanta serves as headquarters for big industries such as Delta, Coca Cola and Home Depot. The big industries and the use of fossil fuels for power make Georgia one of the highest pollutant states.

A carbon tax of $30 per short ton of CO2 (about $0.30 per gallon of gasoline, or about $0.03 per kWh of coal-fired power) would have raised about $5.5 billion in 2007 (about $575 per person), assuming a 10% reduction in emissions.

For comparison purposes, in 2007 (FY2008) the state portion of the property tax generated about $0.085 billion, the state sales and gross receipts generated about $6.4 billion, the state individual income tax generated about $9.0 billion, and the corporate income tax generated about $0.884 billion [Georgia OPB].
carbon emissions

  1. ^ From EPA, “State CO2 Emissions from fossil fuel combustion, 1990-2007”, linked from here.
  2. ^ 1 metric tonne equals 1.1023 short tons.
  3. ^ 2007 population from the U.S. Census Bureau, 1990 population from U.S. Census Bureau,
  4. ^ U.S. population of 301.6 million in 2007 from U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. carbon emissions of 5.757 billion tonnes (or 6.346 billion short tons) of CO2 from EPA's 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report.
  5. ^ See state profiles from the EIA, State pollution ranking