Blunt Stands Alone in Ignoring Environmental Impact

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Midwestern Governors Association recently pledged to improve the environment by changing the way the region produces and uses energy.

But Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's actions created a perception of indifference.

The governor signed pacts to reduce greenhouse gases, increase alternative fuels for vehicles and make greater use of renewable energy sources for electricity.

Missouri was the only state not to sign any of the pro-environment initiatives.

Missouri didn't participate in the group's energy summit.

Environmental activists say they're outraged, discouraged, and not too surprised.

But Missouri has much at stake.

Missouri had the nation's fifth-highest increase in per-person carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 to 2003 and the state is headquarters to Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, two top coal producers.

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