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Report: Minnesota Part of Global Warming Problem

December 13, 2007

Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota may be going green, but not green enough. That's the conclusion of a new report by the National Environmental Trust. It finds the state generates more global warming pollution than 78 of the world's developing countries. Spokesman Christopher Cox says all the states are net polluters, as are most industrial nations.

"Clearly, the developed countries are the highest emitters of carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases."

The report finds the U.S. responsible for over a quarter of global warming. Cox notes many states, including Minnesota, are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the use of renewable energy. The report is being released at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Indonesia, where over 180 countries are working on a plan to combat global warming.

Cox says the report demonstrates the need to conserve and to turn to non-polluting energy sources.

"We need to decrease the amount of energy that we use. And, that includes more focus on 'green buildings,' and alternative energy. Right here in the Midwest, we've got the chance to use an incredible amount of wind power and during the summer months, we can store a lot of solar energy. The options abound, in terms of what we can do to save energy that we're using to fuel our cars and our homes and so on."

Cox explains a plan under consideration in Congress to increase auto fleet mileage standards is a big step in the right direction because it would reduce pollution, cut oil imports and save motorists money at the pump.

The study is available online at

Jim Wishner/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MN