Great Lakes states “win” award; strive for the bottom


It’s always good to make a top ten list, right?

Well, that’s not the case in a list where Great Lakes states rank in the top 10 for being least green.

The Huffington Post reported on the list compiled by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion website, and surprise! Great Lakes states claimed four of the 10 spots, including first (also known as last) and second places.

24/7 Wall St. took into account, among other factors, Ohio’s poor record of CO2 emissions, pollution, toxic exposure and hazardous waste violations.

“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,”  24/7 Wall St. reported.

Here’s what they said about second place Indiana: “The state is tied with Ohio for having the lowest percent usage of renewable energy sources in the United States, with a mere 0.7%. Additionally, the state has some issues with pollution.”

No word on the status of the rest of the Great Lakes states. None of them ranked as the greenest states.

But hey, my home state of Oregon did earn ninth place.

Take a look at the rundown of the 10 least green states:

#10 Illinois

#9 Missouri

#8 Kentucky

#7 Texas

#6 Pennsylvania

#5 New Jersey

#4 Louisiana

#3 West Virginia

#2 Indiana

#1 Ohio

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