Illinois emissions top 99 countries' combined
GARY WISBY ENVIRONMENT REPORTER
from Illinois do more to warm the planet than releases
from 99 developing countries combined, according to a
report issued Wednesday by the National Environmental
is seventh among all states for emissions of carbon dioxide,
blamed for global warming.
the report, Citizen Action Illinois and the Environmental
Law & Policy Center called for national, state and
local action to cut emissions.
discharged 58.6 million metric tons of carbon equivalent
into the atmosphere in 1999, ranking seventh. Texas led,
followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and
Indiana. Michigan was eighth and New York ninth.
total surpassed the combined releases of 99 developing
countries, including Nicaragua, Mongolia, Cambodia and
state also emitted more carbon dioxide than many large
countries, such as Egypt, Thailand and the Philippines.
state ranks high in the nation because its large population
pulls about half of its electricity from old, dirty coal-fired
power plants, said Ashley Collins, environmental director
of Citizen Action Illinois.
put in a plug for proposed state legislation to clean
up the plants.
drivers spew even more carbon dioxide into the air-- 18.8
million metric tons--than the 17.9 million metric tons
contributed by coal-fired plants.
report is based on figures from the U.S. Energy Department
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Murphy, director of the environmental science program
at DePaul University, said the permafrost in Alaska is
melting and the growing season in Europe is 11 days longer
than it was 30 years ago.
are 50 to 60 indicators of climate change, and they're
all going up," Murphy said.
we continue on our present course, "the Earth will
become uninhabitable in the future," he said.
the solutions are more-efficient cars and appliances,
conservation, and power production with renewable sources
of energy such as solar, wind and biomass.
not calling on Americans to stop driving," said Kappy
Laing of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. "There
are energy- efficient cars and appliances."
Sonner of the Kane County Interfaith Council on Climate
Change said her family recently bought a solar-powered
attic fan and owns a Toyota Prius, a hybrid gasoline-electric
very roomy," she said, "and it gets 60 miles
to the gallon."