Challenge: Climate change
harms human health, the
economy and the natural
The Midwest accounts for 5% of the world’s
total carbon dioxide emissions – and more
than 20% of the total emissions for the US.
Only India, China, Japan and the former
Soviet Union exceed the region’s output.
Coal emissions are the region’s leading
source of global warming pollution.
Coal-fired power plants produce dirty air
and acid rain which contaminate both land
and water. These plants create environmental
and health issues, and are expensive to
operate and maintain.