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Montgomery Advertiser: Not easy being green in Alabama

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Like Kermit the Frog, Alabama doesn’t find it easy being green. But at least there are a growing number of people in the state who are trying.

Alabama is nowhere near the top of the list in any of the rankings of “greenest states” that we could find. A recent Forbes magazine survey even put Alabama near the bottom of its list of greenest states, with only Indiana and West Virginia doing worse. The Forbes survey considered such factors as efficiency and regulations governing hazardous waste disposal in ranking Alabama 48th.

Alabama did a little better in a recent ranking by wallst.com, which placed the state at 38th overall. That survey gave Alabama good marks for alternative energy use, but cited the state for releasing “95,038 pounds of developmental toxins in 2009, the greatest amount of all 50 states” and “the second greatest amount of cancer-causing chemicals.” Alabama also generated the fourth greatest amount of hazardous waste, according to the Web site.

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