Last year, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the environmental issues facing every state. They examined energy consumption, pollution, and state energy policies. They collected thousands of data point to determine the most and least “green” states.
This year, 24/7 Wall St. updated and rereleased its findings. Ohio came in last.
Ohio is the least green state in the union.
Here are some of the factors analyzed:
Population: 11,542,645 (7th)
GDP: $471.2 Billion (8th)
Toxic Waste: 1.3 Million Tons (45th)
Carbon Footprint: 267 Million Metric Tons (47th)
Alternative Energy: 0.7% (Tied for Last)
Ohio ranks fifth in energy consumption, and very little of this demand is met by alternative energy. Only 0.7% of the state’s energy comes from renewable sources, the worst rate in the country. The majority of the state’s energy comes from coal. Along with this tendency comes a long and poor record of pollution. The state ranks 47th for CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion, 46th for toxic exposure, 47th for developmental toxins released, and 47th for reproductive toxins released. Additionally, the state ranks second worst, just behind Florida, for hazardous waste violations since 2000, as reported by the nonprofit group OMB Watch. Ohio may not rank dead last in an extreme number of subcategories, however its overall extremely poor showing causes it to be ranked as the least environmentally friendly state on our list.
To see the full list, click on one of the links below.
- The 10 Least Green States (huffingtonpost.com)
- Earth Day Special: The Most And Least Green States (247wallst.com)
- The Ten Least Green U.S. States (iflizwerequeen.com)