Environment Iowa
Sioux City Journal
Dave DeWitte

CEDAR RAPIDS - Iowa-based emissions of carbon dioxide - the greenhouse gas thought most to blame for climate change - grew at a much faster rate than the national average from 1990 to 2007, an environmental group said Thursday.

The report from Environment Iowa said Iowa’s emissions of carbon dioxide climbed by 35 percent over the 17-year period, which includes the most recently released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.

Over that same period, carbon dioxide emissions nationwide grew by 19 percent, the report said.

Iowa had the sixth-highest increase in carbon dioxide emissions of any state from 2005 through 2007.

“More pollution than ever before is not a record we want to set,” Environment Iowa Field Coordinator Julian Boggs said in Cedar Rapids.

Boggs said the reason for the rapid increase in Iowa’s carbon dioxide emissions is its heavy reliance on coal for generating electricity. He urged U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to support the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act that is the Senate version of the climate change bill.

-- Dave DeWitte

Cedar Rapids Gazette