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Report: VA “Out Pollutes” 83 Developing Countries

December 12, 2007

Richmond, VA – Together, Virginians create more climate change pollution than dozens of nations, combined. A new report by the National Environmental Trust offers an interesting take on America's role in reducing global warming emissions -- and for Virginia, the news is not good. The report says the state generates more greenhouse gases than the total emitted by 83 developing countries, with a combined population of more than 500 million.

Overall, the United States is the top source of climate change pollution, and the report suggests strategies the nation could use to take responsibility for cleaning it up. In Virginia Beach, Delegate-elect Joe Bouchard is taking a special interest in the report. He says rising sea levels that are part of the global warming predictions will devastate the state's coastline.

"The cost of inaction on global warming and climate change is far greater than the cost of taking decisive action."

Karl Bren, founder and director of Green-Visions Consulting, is a member of the Governor's "Energy Advisory Council." He believes cutting greenhouse gas pollution would put more money in people's pockets, and much can be done now.

"The United States could shave as much as 20 percent off all the greenhouse gases by using current technology, making our buildings and our appliances more efficient."

The report calls for policies and laws that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including standards for renewable energy generation. Critics say such additional regulation could hurt businesses; and there are still some Virginians who are not convinced that climate change is even happening.

The full report is available online, at

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - VA