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New York’s 'Big Slice' of a Warm (and Getting Warmer) Global Pie

December 12, 2007

New York, NY — If you could slice up shares of global warming pollution at the corner pizza joint, New York would have the seventh biggest slice in the United States. That's one way to look at the results of a new report from the National Environmental Trust. And the picture looks even worse, says Jason Babbie with the New York Public Interest Research Group, when New York is compared to some countries.

"New York looks like a country. We emit more carbon dioxide than Greece; or, if you look at it in terms of developing nations, we emit what 95 other countries emit."

Report author Peter Altman says the tabulations should come as no surprise -- the United States is the main source of global warming pollution, so it makes sense that the U.S. also needs to take the lead when it comes to finding solutions.

"Global warming is a problem of momentous proportions, but it's also one that is within our power to get under our control. It requires the act of political will of our national leaders to begin doing so."

Babbie adds the time is right for this report, both internationally and also on the domestic front.

"No matter how you slice it and dice it, New York is a major contributor, so taking action here will have a major impact; politically, economically, and scientifically, which is ultimately the most important. "

Babbie says the global warming picture comes into sharper focus when you consider population. The NET report finds 19-million New Yorkers produce the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as 691-million people who live in developing nations.

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY