Environmental comparisons can be difficult because of oceans of complex data generated and evaluated in different ways. But it seems that no matter who is compiling the survey – or what aspect of the environment is being measured – Indiana consistently ranks near the bottom (Indianapolis Star). Some examples: Forbes.com ranked Indiana 49th out of 50 states in its 2007 “America’s Greenest States” survey. Only West Virginia fared worse. Indianapolis ranked 99th out of 100 metropolitan areas per capita in a 2008 Brookings Institution report on environmentally harmful carbon emissions from transportation and energy. Only Lexington, Ky., was worse. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana had the highest amount of toxic discharges to bodies of water among all states in 2007 – more than 11 percent of the nation’s total. BioCycle, a composting and recycling publication, reported in December that Indiana produces more garbage per capita than any other state in the nation. – Howey Politics Indiana