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Suppose that your household was choosing between living in suburban Houston or center city San Francisco. In each case, what would your household's annual carbon footprint be? Glaeser and Kahn (2010) estimate that a standardized household would create 12.5 extra tons of carbon dioxide per year if it moved to Houston rather than moving to San Francisco. In Houston, the same household drives more, lives in a bigger home, uses more residential electricity - electricity that is generated by power plants with a higher emissions factor.
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