You may not think about whether the air you breath is clean before you take a breath of it, but maybe you should. Especially if you live in any of the following states listed in a recent report published by The Environmental Integrity Project.
What is this report about, you ask? Essentially, it is about global warming, which is said to be caused by the “combustion of fossil fuels.”
The big question is, how does your state rank among all 50? Well, the worst of the worst is listed below:
Unfortunately, my state came in second place and it doesn’t seem like anyone is doing much about it. So, what does it all boil down to? If you guessed money, you may be onto something.
The industry’s allies on Capitol Hill are working hard to turn back the clock by repealing environmental standards for coal plants that are already many years overdue. Congress may weaken or even eliminate EPA’s ability to stop coal plant pollution, and block further study of climate change. But even the most powerful legislature in the world is subject to the laws of science, and global warming will not disappear because our politicians choose to pretend it does not exist.
So, why in the world would congress not want to regulate these industries? Well, maybe it is because doing so would cost these business a lot of money and a lot of government officials are in bed with big business (ahem, Cheney/Halliburton). Plus, these businesses would be charged huge fines for violating these newer/cleaner air standards and in order to comply, they would have to spend loads of money.