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Report Finds EPA Air Quality Network Fails to Measure Air Pollution

Report Finds EPA Air Quality Network Fails to Measure Air Pollution


A special investigative report from Reuters found that U.S. air monitors routinely miss pollution and even events as impactful as a refinery explosion. Data examined by Reuters showed that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) nationwide network of 3,900 monitoring devices failed to properly monitor day-to-day air quality risks and identified no risks at all from the 10 largest refinery explosions in the last decade.

Why This Matters: We hate to rain on EPA’s birthday celebration but the agency needs to fix this monitoring system.  Without accurate baseline measurements of air quality, people are exposed to more pollu

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Ford Urges Unity, While GM Gets Stung By The Bee

Ford Urges Unity, While GM Gets Stung By The Bee

Ford Motors is urging the other major car companies that had backed President Trump’s looser tailpipe standards to instead embrace the clean air standards set by California, according to The Detroit News President Trump’s policy split the automakers into two camps — but the Biden administration is expected to tighten emissions standards again.

Why This Matters:  Some may forgive GM for its wrong turn following the Trump administration, but others won’t forget. 

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California’s Choking Smoke

California’s Choking Smoke

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer This year’s nightmare wildfire season in California has burned more than 3.7 million acres across the state since the beginning of the year. The fires have also produced some of the worst smoke the state has seen. Smoke from the wildfires has the same dangerous particulate matter as tailpipe […]

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62 Oil and Gas Companies Pledge to Reduce Methane, U.S. Companies Turn the Other Way

62 Oil and Gas Companies Pledge to Reduce Methane, U.S. Companies Turn the Other Way

This week, following a U.N. report showing that methane levels in the atmosphere are at an all-time high, more than 60 oil and gas companies joined a new voluntary agreement to report and reduce their emissions. The companies making the pledge represent 30% of global oil and gas operations, but none of them were American.

Why This Matters: According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global oil and gas industry produced 82 gigatons of methane in 2019 alone.

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Ford Adding EV Jobs in Michigan and Missouri – Wants to Be “The Change” click button

Ford Adding EV Jobs in Michigan and Missouri – Wants to Be “The Change”

Ford Motor Company announced last week that it is adding hundreds of union jobs in the midwestern states of Michigan and Missouri coupled with investments of hundreds of millions in several existing plants.

Why This Matters: The company appears ready for a new Biden administration — it even ran an ad during Sunday NFL games called “The Change” to publicize its commitment to lowering its carbon footprint. 

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Rich Nations Have Sold 14 Million “Dirty and Dangerous” Vehicles to Developing Nations

Rich Nations Have Sold 14 Million “Dirty and Dangerous” Vehicles to Developing Nations

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new report from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) found that rich nations, including the United States, Japan, and the Netherlands, are exporting “dirty and dangerous” cars to developing countries en masse. Between 2015 and 2018, an estimated 14 million vehicles were “dumped” in Asia and Africa. 80% […]

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