Almost all of the companies on both of these pollution-lists are overwhelmingly Republican in their political donations. (The Republican Party opposes taking measures against global warming; it's unapologetically uninterested in the environment.) Most of these tycoons are also members of the Koch-brothers-organized bundling operation that poured more than $400 million into advertisements for Republican candidates and policies during the 2012 campaign.
Globally, the U.S. emits 19% of all greenhouse gases (GHG), according to the U.S. EPA. Consequently, these 43 top GHG emitters in the U.S., which collectively emit 25.18% of all U.S. GHG, emit 4.78% of the entire planet's greenhouse gases.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010 , and of CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity .