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  • Former Senior EPA Advisor Beale Expected to Plead Guilty in $900,000 Pay Fraud

    09/05/2013 4:16:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-5-13 | Ann Marimow & Lenny Bernstein
    Over the past 12 years, John C. Beale was often away from his job as a high-level staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency. He cultivated an air of mystery and explained his lengthy absences by telling his bosses that he was doing top-secret work, including for the CIA. For years, apparently, no one checked.
  • Appeals Court Rejects Connecticut, Other States On Smog Standards

    07/23/2013 7:57:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | July 23, 2013
    A federal court on Tuesday upheld a 2008 air pollution standard the Obama administration vowed to strengthen, but later reversed itself and kept in place. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected arguments that the ozone standard for public health set by former President George W. Bush was either too weak or too strong. The Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advisory panel at the time said the standard should have been more stringent to adequately protect health. But referencing Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the court on Tuesday said it cannot demand EPA get things “just right” when it comes...
  • Air Pollution From Grilled Burgers Worse Than Trucks

    09/19/2012 3:34:48 PM PDT · by twistedwrench · 62 replies
    CBS Local ^ | September 18, 2012
    A UC Riverside study found that commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks. The study, which focused on commercial charbroilers found in burger restaurants, said the equipment generates grease, smoke, water vapors and combustion products, which emit a large amount of particulate matter into the air.
  • Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules

    06/26/2012 12:04:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/26/12 | Ayesha Rascoe - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweeping regulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were "neither arbitrary nor capricious." The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the underpinnings of the...
  • EPA to hire 230,000 new employees to handle "new" paper work from new Carbon Laws - Boortz

    09/28/2011 4:44:33 AM PDT · by Scythian · 22 replies
    I was listening to Neil Boortz last night and he was talking about this new Carbon EPA stuff. He said that the EPA was hiring, get this, 230,000 new employees whose sole responsibility was to process this new paper work. He said that it was going to cost (I think) 1.4 million jobs right out of the box and companies will have to fold, and that some powerplants that we desparate need will be shut down, electricity is going to go through the roof. C02, a natural occuring Gas, is now pollution. He did say that Hermain Cain said the...
  • APNewsBreak: Perry urges Obama to halt air rules

    09/26/2011 8:58:24 PM PDT · by quantim · 23 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Sep 26, 9:31 PM EDT | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday asked President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to prevent or delay implementation of stricter pollution standards, saying they will have an "immediate and devastating" effect on the state. The standards have stirred up Texas' largest energy companies, which say they don't have adequate time to meet the deadlines without shutting down plants and jeopardizing the reliability of Texas' electric grid. Implementation of the rules starts Jan. 1. In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Perry said the implementation of the Cross State Air Pollution Rules will have...
  • New EPA regulations would require 230,000 new bureaucrats to administer (COST: $21 Billion!)

    09/26/2011 6:49:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The president has found a way to add jobs, after all — 230,000 of ‘em, all within the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the number of new bureaucrats the federal government will need to hire to implement new proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a report by The Daily Caller: The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion...
  • EPA: Regulations would require 230,000 new employees, $21 billion

    09/26/2011 9:24:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    The Dailty Caller ^ | 9/26/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules. The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn’t give the EPA explicit power to do so. The agency’s authority to move forward is being challenged in court by petitioners who argue that...
  • Barbara Boxer: I hope greens sue President Obama

    09/07/2011 7:06:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Barbara Boxer: I hope greens sue President Obama By: Darren Goode September 7, 2011 09:01 AM EDT Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer said she hopes green groups sue President Barack Obama over his decision to punt a regulation curbing smog-creating emissions until at least 2013. Boxer — whose relatively mild reaction to Obama’s surprise announcement Friday was in contrast to heated rebukes by environmental groups — said she will stand by those groups in any litigation to force the administration to issue a final ozone rule that goes beyond what was enacted by President George W. Bush....
  • Obama reverses EPA ozone regs, claims it's too expensive right now (DUH!)

    09/02/2011 11:28:30 AM PDT · by ElenaM · 34 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday scrapped his administration's controversial plans to tighten smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders. Obama overruled the Environmental Protection Agency — and the unanimous opinion of its independent panel of scientific advisers — and directed administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposed regulation to reduce concentrations of ground-level ozone, smog's main ingredient. The decision rests in part on reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainty for businesses at a time of rampant uncertainty about an unsteady economy.
  • A President Adrift

    09/03/2011 6:35:35 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 2, 2011 | Michael Tomasky
    More dispiriting news, this time about the White House overturning the EPA’s proposed new rules on smog. That comes a few hours after the jobs report from Friday morning, one of the bleakest yet. And it comes a few days in advance of what everyone expects will be a small-thinking, modest, blah jobs speech by the president. It’s not only getting to the point where it’s getting hard to see him winning reelection. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to imagine people taking him seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term. The smog decision is...
  • Obama Withdraws $90 Billion Draft Clean Air Regulation Due To Cost

    09/02/2011 11:48:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2011 | Zeke Miller
    President Barack Obama announced Friday that he was directing the EPA to withdraw a draft regulation that would tighten air quality standards for Ozone due to concerns about costs. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner Tuesday, Obama revealed that the rule under consideration by the Environmental Protection Agency could cost up to $90 billion to implement. Obama said that while he supports the regulation, it will be updated again in 2013, adding, "ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered." The proposed regulation,...
  • Pollution Fines Irk San Joaquin Valley Drivers

    08/23/2011 10:35:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    KCRA ^ | August 23, 2011
    $12 Pollution Assessment To Be Added To Car Registration FeesEvery person who owns a non-commercial vehicle in the San Joaquin Valley will begin paying a fine for violating federal air quality standards starting in October, said the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District. The fine will show up as a $12 pollution assessment on a resident's annual car registration bill. "We will pay this fine every year until we go three straight years without violating tougher federal air quality standards," said Anthony Presto, a spokesman for the pollution control district. The reason for the fine is that the San Joaquin...
  • EPA finalizes stricter air pollution rules for Wisconsin, other states

    07/07/2011 6:36:17 PM PDT · by Jean S · 93 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal ^ | 7/7/11 | Lee Bergquist and Thomas Content
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized stronger regulations for Wisconsin and 26 other states aimed at curbing air pollution from long-distance sources. The rules will help those states fight ozone and particle pollution caused by power plants in Illinois, Indiana and other states. But Wisconsin utilities - whose pollution can contribute to air-quality problems elsewhere - will also need to find ways to reduce their own emissions. The likely result: Higher electric bills in the coming years. A group of power companies known as the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity called the action one of the most...
  • Latino groups push Obama on ozone standards

    06/09/2011 3:46:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/9/11 | Geoff Mohan
    On the heels of a scathing critique by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Wednesday, President Obama faced pressure from a burgeoning environmental justice coalition demanding stronger action on ozone, a component of smog, in predominantly Latino communities. Fourteen groups sent a letter to Obama expressing dismay at missed opportunities and delays in bringing permissible ozone levels down to between 60 and 70 parts per billion: The EPA estimates that the strongest standard of 60 parts per billion would avoid as many as 12,000 deaths and 58,000 asthma attacks per year. Implementing a weaker standard would mean more lives lost...
  • EPA FORMALLY DISAPPROVES TEXAS' "FLEX-PERMIT" POLLUTION PROGRAM

    07/01/2010 6:44:11 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/01/2010 | Staff
    Public Health Advocates Urge TCEQ to Protect Public Health and Bring Pollution Program Up to Federal Standards. AUSTIN, TX -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally disapproved the “flexible permitting” rules that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) uses to administer the state’s air quality program. In the last few months, EPA has requested that three Texas facilities receive their permit from the federal government due to the agency’s objection to Texas’ permitting process. “Texans deserve the same clean air protection as citizens of every other state, and TCEQ’s flexible permitting program has been denying all of us...
  • Cap-And-Traitors

    06/11/2010 5:46:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 789+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: The Senate just claimed the title of the world's most delusional body by refusing to strip unelected EPA bureaucrats of the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. This was the day freedom died. One wonders why we have a Congress at all. The 53 profiles in cowardice that could not get a cap-and-tax bill through the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to let the Environmental Protection Agency keep the unprecedented power Congress did not expressly give it. It is power that the EPA arrogated to itself through regulation to control every aspect of the American economy and our...
  • Stopping The EPA's Power Grab

    06/09/2010 5:23:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 359+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | June 9, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Overregulation: The Senate votes on blocking a government bureaucracy from usurping power never delegated to it by Congress. This administration may put Copenhagen above the Constitution, but we the people have other plans. The GOP's 1994 "Contract with America," a gift that keeps on giving, hopefully will rescue us once again from the clutches of an unelected bureaucracy, the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been allowed by the Supreme Court to regulate every breath we take and every machine we operate. When cap-and-tax legislation was introduced in Congress, the Obama administration threatened that if Congress failed to act, the EPA...
  • Senate rejects move to block greenhouse gas regs

    06/10/2010 1:44:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 68 replies · 3,088+ views
    AP ^ | 6/10/10 | JIM ABRAMS
    The Senate has rejected a bid to stop the Obama administration from imposing regulations on greenhouse gases, giving a boost to President Barack Obama as he pursues broader clean energy legislation. Senators turned back a resolution that would have rescinded the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Supporters of the measure, mostly Republicans, argued that the EPA had usurped the authority of Congress to set climate policy and that the EPA regulations would increase energy costs and kill jobs.
  • Will Californians Repeal Cap-And-Trade?

    01/15/2010 5:33:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 903+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 15, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: A California legislator pushes a November ballot initiative to free the state from the job-killing shackles of a 2006 law designed to fight climate change. The other choice is freezing in the unemployment line. At last report, California's unemployment rate was 12.3%, with 2.25 million residents looking for work. So one would assume the first rule of holes would apply — when you're in one, stop digging. Yet there was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger touting his state's green initiatives in Copenhagen as California barrels toward full implementation of its own version of job-killing cap-and-trade. "The desire and hope and desperate...
  • Doomsday looming for many truckers at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports

    11/27/2009 7:55:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 3,014+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/27/09 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Filiberto Cervantes has already separated from his wife and kids, lost his car, moved into his truck and says he subsists largely on a diet of $1 cheese burritos. But Jan. 1 looms like a date with the grim reaper himself. ... Cervantes is among thousands of truckers servicing the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex who are facing a day of reckoning this New Year's. That's because Jan. 1 is the day new clean-air guidelines go into effect at the ports, banning all pre-1994 trucks -- as well as 1994-2003 rigs that have not been retrofitted with costly diesel particulate...
  • Report: Most Americans in areas with unhealthy air (pollution levels)

    04/29/2009 10:07:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 390+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/29/09 | Naoki Schwartz - ap
    LOS ANGELES – Sixty percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air pollution levels, despite a growing green movement and more stringent laws aimed at improving air quality, the American Lung Association said in a report released Wednesday. The public-health group ranked the pollution levels of U.S. cities and counties based on air quality measurements that state and local agencies reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency between 2005 and 2007. Overall, the report found that air pollution at times reaches unhealthy levels in almost every major city and that 186.1 million people live in those areas. The number...
  • FORBES: A standard for 'sticker shock.' Obama's energy mandates will cost you

    04/29/2009 3:54:12 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 627+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2009 | Steve Forbes
    Clean energy and federal standards are hot topics in the nation's capital these days. One issue tossed around by policy wonks is the possibility of creating a national standard for how much electricity must be obtained from renewable resources. However, any consideration of a federal renewable electricity standard (RES) must start with a basic truth about energy production and usage: Markets talk; mandates shock. Take a look at the federal mandate to add ethanol to gasoline. Most people (except those in Congress) agree it helped lead to last year's global food-price explosion while also degrading the environment. Not to mention...
  • Fear over higher costs dominates climate debate

    04/21/2009 2:16:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 466+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/21/09 | Dina Cappiello and H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON – As Congress begins to debate climate change in earnest, the science is taking a back seat to economics: How much will it cost to slow the Earth's warming because of man-made pollution — and what's the cost of doing nothing? With a key House committee starting four days of hearings, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed to get a climate bill approved this year. Noting that Earth Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, she told reporters by the next Earth Day "we want to celebrate what we've done this year" to address climate change and clean energy. But the...
  • US tells ships to clean up fumes or stay away

    03/31/2009 2:10:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 701+ views
    New Scientist ^ | March 31, 2009 | Catherine Brahic
    Clean up your fumes or stay away. That's the message US officials are sending to all vessels approaching US coasts. On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intention to designate the US coastal region an "emission control area" within four years. Ships entering US coastal waters, which typically extend 370 kilometres from the coast, will need to meet the highest clean air standards under international law. To approach the US, international vessels will have to cut sulphur emissions by 98 per cent on average by either burning cleaner fuel or chemically "scrubbing" their exhaust. Annual shipping emissions are thought...
  • No Smoking in Public Places

    01/21/2009 8:10:25 PM PST · by swmobuffalo · 14 replies · 892+ views
    Local news | 1/21/09 | me
    Just heard on the evening news that some lawmaker from Kansas City wants to have an amendment to the state constitution forbidding smoking in "public places".
  • Preparing for the Obama Era (all sweetness & light - no keyboards ruined - yet)

    11/09/2008 4:21:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies · 306+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/09/08 | Robert Barnes & Dan Eggen & Anne E. Kornblut
    Preparing for the Obama EraBush Officials and President-Elect Working Together On Pressing Issues By Robert Barnes, Dan Eggen and Anne E. Kornblut Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, November 9, 2008; A01 Faced with one of the most important transfers of presidential power in American history -- amid wars on two fronts, the looming threat of terrorism at home and a full-blown economic crisis -- the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama team have responded with exceptional cooperation on those issues, aides and outside experts say. **SNIP** The Obama team has begun submitting names to the FBI for expedited security...
  • CA: State bid to limit emissions hits court snag

    07/26/2008 10:12:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 177+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/25/08 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California's effort to limit vehicle emissions of gases that contribute to global warming hit a snag Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that the state and environmental groups acted too early when they sued the Bush administration in January for blocking the law. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit filed by California, 15 other states and five environmental groups over the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to let the state enforce its limits on greenhouse gas fumes from new cars and trucks. The court said the Jan. 2 suit was...
  • Cleaner air to worsen droughts in Amazon: study

    05/07/2008 3:34:26 PM PDT · by rfp1234 · 9 replies · 145+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | 5/4/2008 | AFP
    Curbing a notorious form of industrial pollution may ironically harm Amazonia, one of the world's natural treasures and a key buffer against global warming, a study released Wednesday has found. Its authors see a strong link between a decrease in sulphur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and a rise in sea temperature in the northern Atlantic that was blamed for wreaking a devastating drought in western Amazonia in 2005. University of Exeter professor Peter Cox and colleagues created a computer model to simulate the impact of aerosols -- airborne particles that, like sulphur dioxide, are also spewed out by...
  • California air regulators weigh sweeping diesel-emission rules

    07/26/2007 6:43:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 566+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/26/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    California air quality regulators on Thursday considered what would be the nation's toughest emission standards for diesel-powered vehicles such as bulldozers, airport baggage trucks and ski resort snowcats. If adopted, the rules would force the oldest and most polluting pieces of equipment out of service and require construction firms and other companies to spend billions on new vehicles or engine retrofits. The clean-air proposal came under immediate criticism from industry representatives. They said it asked too much of contractors and equipment retailers in too little time. "Our industry has done nothing wrong," said Gordon Downs, owner of Downs Equipment Rental...
  • The Road To Eminent Domain Abuse (and Taxpayer Disaster) In York County

    05/13/2007 4:33:27 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 29 replies · 2,275+ views
    5/13/07 | Self
    Lori Mitrick is the wife of a doctor and a practicing Catholic. Back in the 1980's her involvement in a crisis pregnancy service of her church was known in the community. She was the kind of person you might consider to be a candidate in an election. But what launched her political career was not the pro-life issue, but opposition to a shopping mall near her wooded and seculuded neighborhood in the suburbs of York, Pennsylvania. Around 20 years ago the York Galleria Mall was constructed amid her persistent and vocal opposition to the plan. Her leadership in opposing the...
  • 'Green God' Gets The Gears From Hargrove [Buzz Sounds Off]

    04/14/2007 4:16:26 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 12 replies · 450+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Saturday, April 14, 2007 | Chris Vander Doelen
    PORT ELGIN, ONT. - The "insanity" of the environmental movement is now the biggest threat to Canadian automotive jobs, Buzz Hargrove, the Canadian Auto Workers president, said yesterday. Between the federal government's rebates to Japanese built cars, the threat of California- style emissions standards spreading to Canada, and the U.S. considering higher fuel efficiency, the CAW will almost certainly face more job losses, he said in a tirade at an annual council meeting. He also charged that none of the environmental policies being promoted by politicians make sense or will stop global warming. "It's the insanity of the environmental movement...
  • Clearing the Air: Up against a deadline

    01/14/2007 3:58:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 538+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 14, 2007 | Dallas Morning News
    Elected officials, business leaders and environmental watchdogs, invited by the editorial board, recently met at The Dallas Morning News to discuss clean air issues. This is the first of three excerpted transcripts from the roundtable. The speakers quoted: Colleen McCain Nelson, editorial writer; Margaret Keliher, Dallas County judge through 2006; Richard Greene, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency; Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office; Jim Schermbeck, Downwinders at Risk board member; Todd Campbell, director of public policy for Clean Energy and mayor of Burbank, Calif.; Al Armendariz, assistant professor, SMU School of Engineering; Robert Cluck, Arlington...
  • CA: Clean-air activists file to join legal defense of developers' fee (FResno & SJVAPCD)

    11/01/2006 6:37:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 251+ views
    FRESNO Three environmental groups filed a motion Tuesday to join the legal defense of an air quality rule that would charge developers fees to help cut air pollution in one of the worst air basins in the country. The Fresno-based Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, Environmental Defense and the Sierra Club want to help defend the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, which last year approved rules allowing local air authorities to assess fees on new construction. Builder and local commerce associations sued the district in June over the rule, claiming it is an illegal tax because it does...
  • Members of Congress press EPA to OK Calif auto emissions waiver

    09/26/2006 7:29:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 483+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/25/06 | AP
    More than 100 members of Congress urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to allow states to adopt strict vehicle emissions standards that California regulators adopted two years ago. In a letter to EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson, the lawmakers said the agency should not block the tailpipe standards, which were designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and light trucks by 25 percent and from sport utility vehicles by 18 percent beginning in 2009. Ten other states have also adopted those standards, which are opposed by automakers, but the rules can't be implemented until California receives...
  • 52 Reasons To Stop Mowing (Zot a la Gallagher)

    07/25/2006 6:58:41 AM PDT · by fruitarian108 · 420 replies · 6,084+ views
    Fruitarian Network ^ | 1973 first version | Nonmowing Coalition
    52 REASONS NOT TO MOW 37 WAYS TO HELP TREES Please download with 100% cotton, rice, recycled, or scrap paper Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many other films,made his first film at age 8.. an anti mowing film which showed the nature of mowers' attacks on lawns. Art Buchwald: People shouldn't be judged by the length of their grass. In 2003 through now, the world has seen floods, famine, fire, mudslides, hurricanes, tornados and other disasters created by the unprecedented destruction of trees around the world. Trees are nature's weather stabilizers. We need trillions of trees.. new...
  • San Diego City Council votes to ban smoking on beaches

    06/19/2006 6:46:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,077+ views
    Cigarette smoking would be banned at city beaches and parks under a measure tentatively approved Monday by the city council. Sponsors said the measure will reduce litter and allow beachgoers to avoid secondhand smoke. "To me, this is a quality-of-life issue for San Diego," said Councilman Jim Madaffer, a co-sponsor. "This is an issue that is about public health and safety." The council unanimously approved the ban. A second vote is required before the measure becomes law. San Diego, whose miles of beaches are a major tourist draw, joins a handful of other California cities that have similar bans, including...
  • US air quality has improved in past decade: report (Good news alert)

    04/28/2006 9:37:22 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 16 replies · 590+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 27, 2006 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. residents can breathe a bit easier than they did a decade ago, as the number of days that air quality was deemed unhealthy has fallen, according to a report by the American Lung Association on Thursday. The report found real improvement in air quality over much of the United States, due in part to reduced emissions from power plants. Significant benefits were seen in the eastern United States, said Janice Nolen, the association's director of national policy. "It's encouraging news, we're very pleased at the improvement," Nolen said by telephone. "However, cleaner is not clean enough."...
  • CA: State seen as 'leader of the pack' on clean air - (Environmentalists cheer Gubby's stands)

    04/10/2006 10:02:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 240+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 4/10/06 | Michael Gardner - CNS
    SACRAMENTO – In Michigan, where automakers still reign, the Rev. Charles Morris cites Scripture and California policy as he campaigns for curbs on tailpipe and smokestack emissions linked to disruptions in global weather patterns that can threaten water, power and food supplies. “California is the leader of the pack,” says the Catholic priest who tends a parish in Wyandotte, just outside Dearborn. “They put in emission reductions. They put in reformulated gas,” Morris said. “The sky didn't fall. The sun still shines. It belies the myths put out there.” Religious leaders such as Morris – joining a growing number of...
  • Clean Air Calabasas

    03/08/2006 2:25:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 501+ views
    Reason ^ | March 8, 2006 | Jacob Sullum
    A smoke-free, family-friendly atmosphere of moralistic intolerance Because it's getting hard to keep track of all the places where you're not allowed to smoke, the city council of Calabasas, California, decided to start over from scratch and make things simple. "Smoking is prohibited everywhere in the city," says a Calabasas ordinance that takes effect on March 17, "except as otherwise provided." The exceptions are private residences, up to 20 percent of hotel rooms, "smokers' outposts" in shopping center parking lots, and "any outdoor area in which no non-smoker is present and...it is not reasonable to expect another person to arrive."...
  • New Laws May Let Power Plants Pollute More

    10/13/2005 6:58:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 481+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/13/05 | John Heilprin - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration proposed new regulations Thursday that could allow the nation's dirtiest power plants to release more air pollutants each year — and possibly undercut lawsuits aimed at forcing companies to comply with the Clean Air Act. The proposal follows a June federal court ruling that said power plants can throw more pollutants into the air each year when they modernize to operate for longer hours. It's the latest in a series of attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency to make the nearly 30-year-old Clean Air Act rules for coal-fired power plants more industry-friendly. Some changes were...
  • WSJ: Refining Incapacity - Politicians have done as much damage as hurricanes.

    09/28/2005 5:04:18 AM PDT · by OESY · 32 replies · 920+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2005 | Editorial
    ...In 1981, there were 325 refineries in the U.S. with a capacity of 18.6 million barrels per day. Today, there are 148, with a capacity of about 17 million barrels -- though U.S. demand for gasoline has increased more than 20%.... One explanation for this performance is the historically low gas prices over much of the past 20 years; there has often been little incentive to build new capacity. But just as big a problem are onerous and costly regulatory burdens that have sucked profits from the industry. This includes a permitting process that is subject to endless bureaucratic delay...
  • NYT: Report by E.P.A. Offers Heartening News on Summertime Air (but the 1st paragraph is a puzzler)

    08/19/2005 6:07:58 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 445+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2005 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY
    A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency says ozone levels are falling in 19 Eastern states where bad air is common in the summer. The reduction reflects what agency officials describe as a significant decline in emissions of nitrogen oxides, whose reaction with sunlight, other weather conditions and volatile organic chemicals can make the air hard to breathe in the warmer months. The report says that last year, nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants and other large sources of combustion in the 19 states... were 30 percent below 2003 levels and 50 percent below those of 2000. The result,...
  • Pact Halves Emissions By the Next Century (GW Bush answer to greenhouse gases)

    07/28/2005 3:17:59 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 7 replies · 353+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 28, 2005 | Connie Levitt, Louise Dodson, Cynthia Banham
    Clean energy projects aimed at halving greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century will be financed as part of an international agreement signed by Australia yesterday. The American-led partnership is a challenge to the Kyoto Protocol, promising co-operation with developing countries and increased use of new technologies to reduce global warming. The agreement - covering the United States, China, India, Australia, Japan and South Korea - set out a new agenda identifying mutual interest and commercial benefit as keys to a cleaner environment. The details will be negotiated at a meeting in Adelaide in November. The ministerial meeting...
  • July 1 Smoking Ban In Madison (WI): No Exceptions

    06/23/2005 10:38:14 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 1,941+ views
    WISC TV Channel 3000 ^ | June 21, 2005 | Staff Writer
    MADISON, Wis. -- Madison's smoking ban goes into effect July 1. The city council ruled Tuesday night there will be no exceptions for cigar bars. New ads tout the ban by saying, "clearly a change is in the air." City officials unveiled the new ad campaign this week at the Nitty Gritty bar and restaurant, where the owner is one of the smoking ban's former opponents, Marsh Shapiro. Shapiro said there's no sense fighting an ordinance that's already on the books, and he wants to help make the transition as smooth as possible. "There are a lot of people that...
  • IL: Smoke ban begins

    06/03/2005 2:41:36 PM PDT · by SheLion · 183 replies · 2,803+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 6-3-05 | Sara Faiwell
    Highland Park enacted Lake County’s first smoking ban Wednesday, a move local health officials say is something they hope all municipalities will soon consider.It means all indoor public areas, including restaurants, taxis and places of work, in the city are off limits to smokers. The ordinance was approved by the city council in April.“The second-hand smoke issue is becoming really big,” said Bill Mays, the county health department’s director of community health services. “Highland Park’s leadership in this regard is an important precedent.”Health department officials say the action is the most sweeping they’ve seen. That’s due, in part, because Highland...
  • (Austin, TX) Smoking Ban Passes (Voters Overrule Council)

    05/09/2005 12:21:58 PM PDT · by Tall_Texan · 190 replies · 4,183+ views
    KXAN-TV ^ | 05-09-05 | na
    Opponents of the ban may not give up the battle after the ordinance which prohibits smoking in public places barely passed Saturday night. Rounding up to 52 percent, the smoking ban passes by a narrow margin. It takes effect on Sept. 1. Advocates for the ban say that the voters have spoken, and we should leave it at that. However, opponents say that they have some legal options here and argue this fight has not only been about the economic impact on businesses that welcome smokers but about one's civil rights as well. As the results rolled in Saturday night,...
  • Energy Battle Sets Up Duel Between Environmentalists

    05/03/2005 9:24:33 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 10 replies · 370+ views
    FoxNews ^ | May 3, 2005 | unattributed
    CHICAGO — A plan to provide an alternative form of energy in Wisconsin is pitting two sets of environmentalists against each other. Some favor cleaner air, others want to protect nearby wildlife.
  • Princeton snuffs smoking

    04/27/2005 12:07:15 PM PDT · by KeyesPlease · 13 replies · 460+ views
    NJ.com The Times ^ | April 27, 2005 | ROBERT STERN
    PRINCETON BOROUGH - An outdoor public plaza used to be the kind of place where smokers like Joseph Santoli were practically guaranteed a safe haven to light up. So Santoli, who was looking for a local cigar shop while visiting Princeton this week from Ridgewood, was surprised to learn that borough officials want to prohibit smoking in a new 15,000-square-foot outdoor plaza downtown next to the Princeton Public Library. Last night, the borough council voted 5-1 to adopt an ordinance that includes a ban on smoking in the plaza. Under the ban, which applies only to the library plaza, violators...
  • Towns could get more control over smoking

    04/19/2005 4:54:44 AM PDT · by SheLion · 21 replies · 1,075+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | DAVE MCKINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD -- Health groups won a key battle in the state Senate Monday as lawmakers voted to allow all Illinois towns, rather than a select few, to decide where to allow smoking. Since 1989, when the state approved the Clean Indoor Air Act that permitted smoking only in designated areas, 20 municipalities were allowed to keep their stricter no-smoking laws that were enacted previously. The rest of the state functioned under the milder state law written partly by the tobacco industry. Though opposed by retailers, restaurants and gas station operators, the measure backed on Monday in the Senate vote would...