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Study Debunks US Global Warming Excuses

December 12, 2007

Fargo, ND - There's no excuse for American inaction on global warming, according to a new study. So far, the United States has largely refused to take the lead in reducing global warming, arguing that agreements like the Kyoto Protocol need to be undertaken by developed and developing countries alike. Carmen Miller, a North Dakota representative of the National Environmental Trust, says the group's new study shows that excuses won't suffice any longer.

"The United States is responsible for 27.8 percent of the cumulative global warming pollution, while all developing nations emissions put together are just 23 percent."

Miller says those numbers show that it's time for the United States to step up and set an example for reducing greenhouse gases; and she adds, the same goes for North Dakota.

"North Dakota, with a population of just over 624,000, emits more greenhouse gases than 62 developing countries with combined populations totaling nearly 290 million."

Miller says it has become popular to blame China for its increasing emissions, but she says China's policies on renewable energy and fuel efficiency standards are moving it ahead of the U.S.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ND