These Are the Least Green US States

WalletHub ranking based on environmental quality, more
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2018 6:03 PM CDT
These Are the Least Green US States
This 2009 file photo shows the exhaust pipe of a car.   (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

WalletHub says it's time to "call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment"—and its own report points the finger at West Virginia. Less than a week from Earth Day, the state falls dead last on WalletHub's list of the greenest US states, based on environmental quality (including air, water, and soil quality), eco-friendly behaviors (like energy consumption per capita), and climate-change contributions. And its score out of 100, compared to those of the most environmentally-friendly states, shows just how much ground it has to cover:

Least Green States:

  1. West Virginia: 25
  2. Louisiana: 26
  3. Kentucky: 32
  4. North Dakota: 40
  5. Alabama: 40
(The best-ranked states follow.)

Greenest States:

  1. Vermont: 75.5
  2. Oregon: 74
  3. Massachusetts: 73
  4. New York: 72
  5. South Dakota: 70.5
Click for the full list or see how states rank on quality of life. (Read more environment stories.)

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