KC’s Oversized Carbon Footprint

By CAROLYN SZCZEPANSKI

To protect the environment, consumption-crazed Americans have to learn to tread lightly when it comes to gobbling up natural resources. Too bad Kansas City residents are clomping around in combat boots.

Today the Brookings Institution, an independent think-tank in Washington, D.C., released this study ranking the carbon footprint of the largest 100 U.S. cities. According to their calculations, Kansas City residents are each responsible for spewing nearly 3 tons — 6,600 pounds — of global warming pollution each year. That’s foul enough to put this Cowtown near the bottom of the pile at No. 84. Even pollution-choked cities like Houston, Texas, Los Angeles and Cleveland ranked better.

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