Immigration to the United States and World-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Steven A. Camarota and Leon Kolankiewicz, Center for Immigration Studies, August 13, 2008

Highlights

The findings of this study indicate that future levels of immigration will have a significant impact on efforts to reduce global CO2 emissions. Immigration to the United States significantly increases world-wide CO2 emissions because it transfers population from lower-polluting parts of the world to the United States, which is a higher-polluting country. On average immigrants increase their emissions four-fold by coming to America.

[Editor’s Note: “Immigration to the United States and World-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” by Steven A. Camarota and Leon Kolankiewicz, can be read here. There is also a PDF file of this story which may be downloaded and a video on the page with the original story.]

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