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The green movement has always had its share of both winners and losers. Today, we look at a few of the top losers for 2009. Hopefully with such a shameful honor to be bestowed upon them, they will clean-up their act for next year’s round of awards. We can always hope anyway. Let the shaming begin!

First up, the most Anti-Green Company…

Worst Anti-Green CoMPANY

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And the award goes to… General Motors

The father of the recently deceased Hummer has had a long-standing history of being one of the most anti-environmental companies in U.S. History. Ex-GM Honcho, Bob Lutz, said it best, “I accept that the planet is heated, but I, like many noted scientists, don’t believe in the CO2 theory-global warming is the result of sun spots.” In 2007, the Union of Concerned Scientists ranked GM as the second worst polluter of all the major U.S. car manufacturers, having been squeezed out by Chrysler, despite all their anti-greening efforts. Not satisfied with only having received second place, GM jumped back on the horse that same year and produced the most vehicles with an abysmal 15 mpg of any other manufacture in the world. They were able to hold onto that record for two years, and if their lack of consumer support hadn’t knocked them out of the game, they might have been able to break some sort of anti-treehugger record!

Worst Anti-Green Country

 

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And the award goes to… Kabul, Afghanistan

Let’s take a moment of silence to view this photo, as I think that it says more than I ever could ever… To give you an idea of how much pollution is in Kabul, Afghanistan, the U.S. EPA’s national air quality standard for nitrogen oxide (N02) is 0.053 ppm (parts per million), while Kabul experiences 52 ppm of N02 on any given day. Over 3,000 people die each year (4% of the population) just from the air alone, according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which is why the country has been designated as an environmental protection emergency. Most of the pollution can be attributed to substandard fuel, prehistoric vehicles, and deforestation.

Worst Anti-Green U.S. City

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And the award goes to… Bakersfield, California (home of the black lung)

Each year the American Lung Association gives out its own shame awards for the worst polluted areas of the United States. Bakersfield, California has been one of the top polluters for three years straight, and this year they receive the number one honors. While some may prefer to blame Arnold Schwarzenegger and his hummer for the brunt of the problem, Southern California is hit at all angles when it comes to pollution. We’re talking Farming equipment/machinery, Interstates and highways up the yin-yang, bumper to bumper traffic, big rig trucks, industry o-plenty, and oil processing. Those who live there enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets (caused by the thick smog), but in return they receive a shortened lifespan and more medical bills than Evel Knievel himself could rack up in a lifetime.

Worst Anti-Green Celebrity

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And the award goes to… Mariah Carey

Ms. Carey had some pretty tough competition this year. She looks so innocent touting her Mac book and innocent grin, I almost hate to bestow her with such shame, but the peoples choice on GreenDaily.com and Bebo.com have left me no choice. 20,000 people were surveyed this year, and despite John Trovolta and hi commercial airline enterprise situated in his own backyard, it turns out that Ms. Carey flies the friendly skies a heck of a lot more. She uses her private jet like a horse uses its hooves to walk from one side of the fence to the other. It is also rumored that she flies her personal trainer all the way from St. Barts to New York just for a training session. Come on Mariah, just buy a Billy Blanks Tae Bo workout video like everybody else!

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