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Report Lists WYO as a “Pollution Powerhouse”

December 12, 2007

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming may be short on population, but it's long on pollution, according to a new report. The National Environmental Trust data says the Equality State emits pollution equal to 69 developing countries that are home to more than 350-million people, when only about 510,000 live in Wyoming.

Report author Peter Altman says the point of the report is that the United States is disproportionately affecting the world's climate, and it's time to take responsibility.

"It's because we have been the greatest contributors to the problem that we need to be the ones to start cleaning up the global warming mess."

Altman says changing energy policies and reducing greenhouse gas pollution should be seen as a positive economic move.

"The idea that dealing with climate change will sink the economy is nonsense. There are so many opportunities that get created when a massive new investment of this scale has to take place."

Altman adds some states, including neighboring Montana, are leading the way with renewable energy standards. Critics of these types of changes point out that laws and regulations could hurt the economy, and many Wyomingites haven't yet been convinced that climate change is caused by humans. The full report, called "Taking Responsibility," is available online, at www.net.org.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WY