Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The big blue skies across Wyoming may be a little misleading.
New figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show the Cowboy State is emitting the most carbon dioxide per person.
Wyoming is the top coal-mining state in the U.S., producing 40 percent of the nation's coal.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says that 67 percent of that coal is burned outside the state.
Wyoming also wants to assure people CO2 emissions don't affect the quality of air we breathe.
"When we're talking about greenhouse gases, it's associated with climate change and the global warming aspect of the debate. What I can say is Wyoming, when people are having concerns or questions about their health and the air they breathe, Wyoming consistently has been known to have one of the best air quality in the country," said Keith Guille, spokesperson for Wyoming DEQ.