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Ohio Packs a Global Warming Wallop, New Report Says

December 12, 2007

Columbus, OH – Ohio single-handedly produces more global warming pollution than 98 developing countries combined, according to a new report from the National Environmental Trust, released in the midst of international climate negotiations in Bali.

Tom Bullock with the NET in Ohio says the state has a big global warming footprint primarily because of coal power plants, high-emitting industries, and low fuel economy standards for cars.

"In Ohio we have 11.5 million people, yet we pollute more than 714-million people in 98 developing nations."

The report suggests that Ohio, and the nation as a whole, must take the lead on fixing global warming. The White House has said the U.S. should hold off on global warming action until developing countries "sign on," but Bullock argues that, with so much of the problem concentrated here at home, there's no excuse for waiting.

"That means Ohio not only has responsibility, but an opportunity to have a real impact on global warming. If we adopt new and improved technologies, pass some strong legislation, we can really do something about it."

Bullock adds Ohio can make a big difference by using up-to-date technology in coal power plants to limit carbon emissions into the atmosphere. He explains it's an idea that can also be an economic opportunity. If Ohio can take the lead in advancing the technology, it could be sold to China and other countries as they modernize their own power plants.

At the national level, Bullock says Ohio Senator Voinovich could play a key role in setting emission caps and improving fuel economy for cars; however, he has missed recent opportunities, and proposed amendments that would even increase pollution.

Rob Ferrett/John Robinson, Public News Service - OH