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Dems Not Taking Trump’s Repeal of Clean Power Plan Lying Down

Dems Not Taking Trump’s Repeal of Clean Power Plan Lying Down

The Trump EPA replaced President Obama’s legacy Clean Power Plan with the much weaker Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. Yesterday Democrats tried to use a seldom-used legal maneuver that requires the signature of just 30 senators to review and overturn ACE.

It failed, but Democrats shouldn’t let this vote pass without expanding the narrative that any rules that weaken air pollution protections pose an immediate threat to the health of Americans.

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Nearly 250,000 Students At Risk Due to Proximity To Active Oil and Gas Wells

Nearly 250,000 Students At Risk Due to Proximity To Active Oil and Gas Wells

A Newsy analysis released last week found that more than 600 U.S. schools are located within 500 feet of an active oil or gas well, and more than 1.4 million people across the U.S. live within the 500-foot danger zone. 

Why This Matters:  Kids should not have to go to school near active oil and gas wells with toxic air emissions that put them at higher risk for cancer and respiratory problems.  Research from the Colorado School of Public Health has found that people living within 500 feet of an oil or gas facility have a cancer risk that is 8 times higher than the EPA’s accepted threshold.

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An Interactive Map That Tells The Story of US Auto Emissions

An Interactive Map That Tells The Story of US Auto Emissions


Yesterday morning The New York Times published the “most detailed map of auto emissions in America” ever made.  It is a fascinating look at where air pollution has become much worse since The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 became law and which took aim for the first time at cutting pollution from cars. As […]

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New Study Links Air Pollution and Violent Crime

New Study Links Air Pollution and Violent Crime

A study published last week by a team of researchers in economics, atmospheric science, and statistics found strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggravated assaults and other violent crimes across the United States.

Why This Matters: Air pollution can result in more than just the health risks caused by breathing dirty air.  The study’s economists calculated that a 10 percent reduction in daily fine particulate pollution could save $1.1 million in crime costs per year, which they called a “previously overlooked cost associated with pollution.”

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Court Says EPA Must Do More To Curb Interstate Air Pollution

Court Says EPA Must Do More To Curb Interstate Air Pollution

A three-judge panel that included a Trump appointee held on Tuesday that the EPA needs a better plan for addressing smog that travels across state lines from the midwest to the densely populated Northeast, where states are failing to meet federal air quality standards.

Why This Matters:  The EPA is failing to protect the public in the northeast from air pollution that is generated by coal power plants and manufacturing facilities in the midwest that travels with the winds and air currents into northeastern states who then are unable to meet their air quality standards.  This problem is EXACTLY why the federal government must be involved — and why the Clean Power Plan the Obama Administration put in place was so important.

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Trump Administration To Take Away Transportation Funding for CA Due to Its Dirty Air

Trump Administration To Take Away Transportation Funding for CA Due to Its Dirty Air

Looking to take further action against the State of California, the Environmental Protection Agency under the guise of enforcing the state’s non-compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) says it will take away billions in federal funds provided to the state of California to implement low carbon transportation projects.   The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday that […]

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The Trump Administration Investigates California Clean Car Agreement

The Trump administration opened an anti-trust investigation over an agreement the state of California reached with automakers about producing cars that adhere to tougher emissions standards than the federal government now requires.  According to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, “Justice Department lawyers are seeking to determine whether Ford Motor, Honda, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG broke federal competition law by agreeing with California […]

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Trump Administration’s EPA Proposes Rolling Back Methane Leaks Rule

Trump Administration’s EPA Proposes Rolling Back Methane Leaks Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to roll back a key regulation put in place by the Obama Administration that had plugged a loophole in the Clean Air Act — under the Trump Administration proposal, methane leaks in the transmission and storage of natural gas would no longer be controlled by the Act. 

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Air Pollution Can Equal Smoking a Pack of Cigarettes Each Day

Air Pollution Can Equal Smoking a Pack of Cigarettes Each Day

This week, the largest-of-its kind study was published in JAMA and reveals that long term exposure to air pollution can have the same effect on human lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes each day. The study was conducted between 2000–2018 and included 5780 participants in 6 US metropolitan regions followed up for a median […]

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New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew reconnaissance flights over major metropolitan areas on the East Coast – Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and found that those cities were emitting nearly 950,000 metric tons of methane gas into the atmosphere, which was more than twice what EPA had estimated.

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Cleaning Urban Air, One Moss “Tree” at a Time

Cleaning Urban Air, One Moss “Tree” at a Time

Across Europe, pollution-eating moss is cleaning the air. Part-nature and part man-made, the CityTree combines the purifying factor of moss with remote technology to increase the airflow through the “trees” to maximize their ability to filter air pollution. Two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050 thus cleaning up the […]

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One Skeevy Thing: Swarms of Grasshoppers Invade Sin City

In what could be interpreted as a Biblical plague, swarms of grasshoppers have taken over Las Vegas, NV making it virtually impossible for tourists to walk the street of Sin City without encountering the swarming insects. In fact, the grasshoppers even showed up on radar observed by the National Weather Service. But not to worry, […]

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