By Beth Daley, Globe Staff
If you compare Massachusetts residents’ greenhouse gas emissions over the last 35 years or so to other states, we look pretty good: 36th out of 50 in per capita emissions.
But compare that to the rest of the world? Not so good.
A comparison (Greenpeace)
A new Greenpeace report shows that if the state was its own country, it’s per person emissions would have ranked fifth out of 184 countries with available data from 1960-2005.
According to the report, only people in Luxembourg, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Qatar produced more average global warming pollution than the Massachusetts population.
Granted, the report is designed to highlight the disproportionate role the U.S. has played in contributing to global warming and push for it to be a strong leader to solve the problem when more than 190 nations meet in Copenhagen later this year to hammer out a new world climate treaty.
But it’s never a bad idea to remind us that we use a heck of a lot of energy. While the state has worked hard – with some success – to cap carbon emissions on power plants, it we still emit a lot. The Greenpeace report notes about 40 percent of Massachusetts’ current carbon emissions come from transportation and 29 percent from power plants.
“If we want to reduce global warming’s impact and kick start a clean energy future we must think not as Massachusetts citizens but as citizens of the world,’’ said David Pomerantz, Greenpeace field organizer in Massachusetts.
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