Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming, and consume vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.
America has more than doubled its use of wind power since the beginning of 2008 and we are starting to reap the environmental rewards. Wind energy now displaces about 68 million metric tons of global warming pollution each year—as much as is produced by 13 million cars. And wind energy now saves more than enough water nationwide to meet the needs of a city the size of Boston.
This factsheet summarizes key points and findings from Wasting our Waterways 2012 report, which uses Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data from the EPA to look at how much toxic chemicals are dumped into our waters.
Wasting Our Waterways uses Toxic Release Inventory data from the EPA to look at how much toxic chemicals were dumped into our waterways in 2010. The report finds that facilities discharged over 2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Missouri’s waterways in 2010 alone. The Mississippi River received 12.7 million pounds of toxic chemicals from industries across the entire region where it flows, making it the second worst waterway in the nation. And the Meramec River watershed received approximately 5,000 pounds of toxins linked to reproductive disorders, making it the 12th worst watershed in the nation in terms of reproductive toxins. The report also outlines out several recommendations for cleaning up this toxic pollution, including using safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals, stricter enforcement of the Clean Water Act, and restoring Clean Water Act protections to all of our waterways.
After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Missouri report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report uses FEMA data to detail the number of weather disasters that Missouri counties have experienced in recent years, and also highlights recent extreme weather events that have impacted Missouri and the nation, such as the flooding of southeast Missouri the summer of 2011. The report offers policy recommendations for the United States to take steps in reducing global warming pollution.
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