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Why “Just Say No” is Just Plain Wrong: the Sound Legal Basis for the Clean Power Plan

By Tomas Carbonell   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize the Clean Power Plan — a suite of historic Clean Air Act standards that will establish the first nationwide limits on carbon pollution from America’s fossil fuel-fired power plants. Rigorous carbon pollution standards for the nation’s power sector will yield immense benefits for the health of our families and communities, for the American economy, and for a safer climate for our children. Yet in the months leading up to the release of the Clean Power Plan clean air standards, coal companies and other entities that oppose reasonable limits on carbon pollution have lobbed a series of flawed and failed lawsuits directed at stopping EPA from finishing… Read More

Global Warming: A Threat to Humanity?

For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins. — Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father Francis on Care of our Common Home, June 2015 The recent intervention by Pope Francis into the debate over climate change has once again put this pressing issue back into the public eye. His intervention merely confirms the warnings given by so many climate scientists that humanity is tobogganing towards disaster with eyes wide… Read More

5 Ways Air Pollution Is Destroying Your Health

You probably already know about some of the dangers that severe air pollution exposure can cause and how places like stoplights at intersections can increase your exposure to harmful air particles up to 29 times more than the open road. While these facts are startling, you probably don’t know about the almost invisible dangers. [1] Namely the numerous diseases and cognitive issues now being linked to air pollution. Here we’ll get into five ways you’re letting air pollution destroy your health. The Hidden Dangers of Air Pollution Despite the slow turn to more sustainable forms of agriculture and industry, air pollution is still a big problem. Here are just some of the ways air pollution negatively affects your health.… Read More

The cheapest way to cut climate pollution? Energy efficiency

By EDF Blogs This blog post was co-authored by Lauren Navarro, California Senior Manager, Clean Energy and Kate Zerrenner, an EDF project manager and expert on energy efficiency and climate change. On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a historic announcement that will change how we make, move and use electricity for generations to come. For the first time in history, the government proposed limits on the amount of carbon pollution American fossil-fueled power plants are allowed to spew into the atmosphere. There are two clear winners to comply with the plan while maintaining commitment to electric reliability and affordability: energy efficiency and demand response. We’re already seeing pushback from some of our nation’s big polluter states, such as West Virginia and Texas. But… Read More

President Obama Goes to Walmart

By Elizabeth Sturcken I never really expected to be sitting in a Walmart in Mountain View, CA listening to President Obama speak about environmental commitments, but I am excited for the momentum he is generating, particularly in the private sector, to support the EPA announcement on carbon limits on June 2nd. So why Walmart? The President is making a point. Walmart gets about 25 percent of its global electricity from renewables. In the United States over all, only about 2 percent of power comes from solar sources. In 2005, Walmart set a goal to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy. To date Walmart has 335 renewable energy projects underway or in development across their global portfolio. Having the… Read More

Hundreds of Thousands Support Standards to Ensure a Healthy Low-Carbon Future

By Mandy Warner This is a fact that always stuns people: There are currently no national limits whatsoever on carbon pollution from U.S. power plants, the single largest source of this pollution in the country. But last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal that could change that fact for future power plants. EPA’s proposal would set America’s first-ever national carbon pollution standards for future power plants – a major victory in the fight against climate change. The Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants are an absolutely necessary, common sense step toward limiting the pollution emitted through our country’s power generation. These standards will help protect our children from harmful smog, curb respiratory problems, and shield our… Read More

The 10 Most Polluted Cities In The US

California may be a haven for plug-in electric cars, but it’s also home to many of the most-polluted cities in the U.S. Of the 10 most polluted U.S. cities in the American Lung Association’s State of the Airreport (via Mashable), seven are in the Golden State: 1. Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif. 2. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Calif. 3. Bakersfield, Calif. 4. Fresno-Madera, Calif. 5. Sacramento-Roseville, Calif. 6. Houston-The Woodlands, Texas 7. Modesto-Merced, Calif. 8. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas-OK 9. Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.Va. 10: Las Vegas-Henderson, Nev.-Ariz. Topping the lists if the combined Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area, followed consecutively by Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Bakersfield, Fresno-Madera, and Sacremento-Roseville. The only other state with more than one city on the list was Texas: Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth were sixth and eighth, respectively, separated… Read More