Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest
Arizona’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising rapidly compared with the nation as a whole, driven by the rapid pace of Arizona’s population and economic growth. Arizona's greenhouse gas emissions were up 51% from 1990 to 2000, while national emissions rose by 23% during this period. Arizona also exports a large amount of electricity, especially to southern California. It is also the home to the highest capacity nuclear power plant in the United States, Palo Verde, and has the highest solar potential of anywhere in the country due to the large desert expanses.