Wealthy Americans Have Higher Carbon Footprints than Low-Income Americans


A new study found that some particularly affluent US suburbs, emissions are up to 15 times higher than nearby neighborhoods. The study found that income correlates positively with per capita emissions. Affluent neighborhoods produce higher emissions, and most neighborhoods with low emissions were below the poverty level.

PISC Senior Scholar Vincent Reina agreed with study findings stating that wealthier residents own large homes that require more energy, but also acknowledges low-income residents may also produce significant emissions because they often can't afford to make their homes energy-efficient.

"For higher income individuals, it's a function of choice," said Reina. "For lower income individuals, it's a function of constraints."

The University of Michigan study recommends newly-constructed homes be smaller, and outfitted with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

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