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June 11, 2013

Great Plains Energy in top 25 of carbon dioxide polluters, group claims

Political Economy Research Institute has ranked the top 100 “polluters index” based on emissions of CO2

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The Political Economy Research Institute has published a list

of what it calls the top 100 greenhouse gas polluters — and, as expected, local power companies make the list.

Great Plains Energy comes in at #25, with 26.8 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions in 2011. Great Plains is the parent company of Kansas City Power and Light

.

Ameren

, which produces electricity in Missouri, is called the sixth worst polluter, at 67.8 million metric tons.

Westar

, in Kansas, contributes almost 21 million metric tons. It’s 33rd on the list.

Incidentally, power companies aren’t the only big contributors to CO2 emissions. The

U.S. government is fourth on the list; Berkshire Hathaway

, fifth.

Koch Industries

is 27th.

From the release:

“The Greenhouse 100 index informs communities, consumers, and investors about which large companies release the most climate pollutants into our air,” said professor

James Boyce, director of PERI’s environment program. “People have a right to know about corporate responsibility for global climate change.”

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