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California regulators pass major electric bus mandate 15.12.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Advocates of the regulation are calling it "historic" and a rule that could help accelerate the electrification of heavy duty vehicle fleets.
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How to encourage policies and R&D for carbon-reducing technologies 10.11.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Fighting atmospheric emissions requires CCS and CO2 removal — at scale.
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Curbing CAFE and zero-emissions standards wouldn’t mean the end of plug-ins 6.11.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Long vehicle design cycles and mandates beyond the U.S. border will continue to fuel progress.
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‘Super pollutants’ such as methane, HFCs and black carbon were a hot topic at GCAS 17.9.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Acting quickly to reduce relatively short-lived yet potent gases could have a big impact on human health and slow global warming.
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Rural Americans' struggles against factory farm pollution find traction in court 6.8.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Industrial farms have negatively impacted surrounding communities for decades, but new litigation might be changing that.
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Big corporate and civic fleet buyers push for more EV choices 12.7.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
An airy, brick-walled space, next to a Formula E race track, set the scene for a campaign kickoff Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York, intended to promote zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) as a way to fight climate change at a time when the federal government wants to relax rules to limit tailpipe emissions.
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Global Leaders Condemn Trump's "Scorn for International Law" As Haley Threatens More Possible Air Strikes 15.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. (Photo: Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty Images) As foreign policy experts  denounced  the missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump Friday night, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further troubled critics on Saturday when she  warned  that the U.S. is prepared to attack the war-torn country again. "I spoke to the US president this morning and he said that if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded," Haley intoned at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, referring to a suspected chemical attack that Trump has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of carrying out last ...
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Auto Alliance Pushed Climate Denial to Get Trump Admin to Abandon Obama Fuel Efficiency Standards 8.4.2018 Truthout.com
(Photo: LanaElcova / Shutterstock) The Trump administration  officially announced Monday that it will scrap fuel economy and emissions targets  for cars and light-duty trucks sold in the United States and set new weaker standards, effectively undermining one of the federal government's most effective policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As  the New York Times  and  the Los Angeles Times  anticipated late last week, the two agencies responsible for auto standards -- the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- both claimed that their internal reviews have found the Obama-era standards to be too strict, and that the agencies would go back to the drawing board to revise standards for model years 2022-2025.  The weaker standards, expected to be revealed in coming months and reported to be well below the  current targets of 54.5 miles per gallon  (or roughly 35 miles per gallon in real-world driving conditions), will be celebrated as a ...
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Court Rules EPA Unlawfully Delayed Environmental Racism Investigations for Decades 6.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Father Phil Schmitter and other advocates from a predominately Black neighborhood in Flint, Michigan filed a civil rights complaint with the EPA more than 20 years before the city became a symbol of environmental racism. The EPA finally completed its investigation into the complaint last year, and only after environmental justice groups took the agency to federal court. Darlene McClendon, 62, at her home in Flint, Michigan, on October 11, 2016. (Photo: Brittany Greeson / For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! A federal court ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Civil Rights Act by delaying investigations into environmental discrimination complaints for years, even decades. For plaintiff Phil Schmitter, a priest and social justice activist from Flint, Michigan, the ruling is a bittersweet victory that was a long ...
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A Death in Louisiana's Cancer Alley Reinforces a Small Town's Fears of Industry Impacts 4.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Keith Hunter, long-time resident of St. James, Louisiana, in March 2017, roughly a year before he died. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! Sixty-year-old Keith Hunter lived in St. James, Louisiana, for roughly 27 years, and during that time, he watched as the sugarcane farms gave way to oil storage tanks and as a railroad terminal was being built down the road, all visible from his front yard. Hunter was an outspoken critic of the industrialization of his neighborhood. And in a similar fashion as some of his neighbors, Hunter died on February 10 following a respiratory illness. The town of St. James lies in St. James Parish, about 50 miles west of New Orleans. Despite its location along a stretch of Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge known as both the "Petrochemical Corridor" and "Cancer Alley," St. James remained partially rural until fairly recently. In 2014 ...
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Trump's Comments About His "Good Genes" Make His Death Penalty for Drug Dealers Proposal Even More Horrifying 27.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
President Trump walks to Marine One from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on March 25, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) When Trump says he wants to kill "drug dealers," he is invoking stereotypes about immigrants and Black gang members because in his worldview, victims are white and perpetrators of violence are not. In light of Trump's frequent boast about his own "genetic superiority," it's important to understand his drug policy for what it is -- one of his most alarming racist dog whistles to date. President Trump walks to Marine One from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on March 25, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) President Donald Trump has, over the course of one year, gone from praising a dictator for killing drug dealers and users, to pushing to bring at least part of that practice to the United States. That idea is horrifying enough on its own, but when paired with Trump's knee-jerk racism and his previous comments ...
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In Ruling Called "Victory for Everyone Who Breathes," Federal Judge Says Scott Pruitt Violating Clean Air Act 13.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at the Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Riccardo Savi / Getty Images for Concordia Summit) Resulting in what environmentalists called a "victory for everyone who breathes," a federal district court in California on Monday ruled that President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency is violating the law by not implementing crucial smog protection guidelines mandated under the Clean Air Act. According to Judge Haywood Stirling Gilliam Jr. of the federal District Court for the District of Northern California, EPA chief Scott Pruitt broke the law by not listing areas in the country that are failing to comply with air pollution standards -- a violation of "his nondiscretionary duty under" the federal law -- and gave him until April 30th to list those areas publicly. While Pruitt submitted designations for areas in the country that were complying with smog ...
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"Excess" Emissions From Industrial Shutdowns and Startups Are Increasing Air Pollution 3.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
When Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in August 2017, many industrial facilities had to shut down their operations before the storm arrived and restart once rainfall and flooding had subsided. These shutdowns and startups, as well as accidents caused by the hurricane, led to a significant release of air pollutants. Over a period of about two weeks, data we compiled from the Texas'  Air Emission Event Report Database  indicates these sites released 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants. These types of emissions that result from startups, shutdowns or malfunctions are often referred to as "excess" or "upset" emissions and are particularly pronounced during times of natural disasters, as was the case with Hurricane Harvey. However, as we document in a  newly published study  in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, they also occur regularly during the routine operation of many industrial facilities, sometimes in large ...
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As Enforcement Falls at Pruitt's EPA, Fines for Shell Oil Feel Like a Slap on the Wrist 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Contrary to Scott Pruitt's boast about the EPA pursuing pollution violations and protecting public health, the government's settlement with Shell Oil over a long list of air pollution violations in Norco, Louisiana, is meaningless, say locals who have lived under Shell's toxic cloud. The $350,000 fine is a slap on the wrist, and the multimillion-dollar pollution control consent decree is worthless without enforcement. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on December 7, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Pete Marovich / Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. New Orleans -- On February 12, as much of southern Louisiana was focused on Mardi Gras parades, the government announced a multimillion-dollar settlement with Shell Oil over a long list of air ...
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Trump's National Defense Strategy: Something for Everyone (in the Military-Industrial Complex) 20.2.2018 Truthout.com
The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine?  Back in 2008, some of us placed our faith, naively enough, in the hands of mainstream Democrats -- specifically, those of a young senator named Barack Obama. He would reverse the war policies of George W. Bush, deescalate the unbridled Global War on Terror, and right the ship of state. How'd that turn out?  In retrospect, though couched in a far more sophisticated and peaceable rhetoric than Bush's, his moves would prove largely cosmetic when it came to this country's forever wars: a significant reduction in the use of conventional ground troops, but more drones , ...
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The Pentagon Is Using an Environmental Law Meant to Protect Us Against Us 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) The National Environmental Policy Act, a law requiring federal agencies like the Department of Defense (DOD) to assess the environmental effects of proposed actions prior to implementation, has been used instead by the DOD to place millions of US citizens in harm's way. A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) Support from readers provides Truthout with vital funds to keep investigating what mainstream media won't cover. Fund more stories like this by donating now! While it has long been known the US military is one of the biggest polluters in the world, the egregious and intentional nature of its actions is less well known. Canadian ...
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Reducing Regulatory Burdens: EPA withdraws “once in always in” policy for major sources under Clean Air Act 26.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a guidance memorandum withdrawing the “once in always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act.
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Use of Dirty Heating Oil in NYC Concentrated Uptown 23.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Residential buildings in New York City that burn residual fuel oil were concentrated in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx, as of late 2015. Compared to cleaner heating sources such as natural gas, these dirty fuels produce high levels of particulate matter, exposure to which is linked to asthma, obesity, developmental delays, and other health problems.
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Concerned Citizens in Cancer Alley Vow to Ramp Up Battle Against Industrial Pollution in 2018 10.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
This past year in Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish, a small group of residents began organizing their community to compel the state to protect them against an invisible menace: the air they breathe. In 2018, the burgeoning group plans to get political and broaden its reach by banding together with similar groups in the region. Robert Taylor next to one of the EPA air monitoring sites in LaPlace, Louisiana. (All Photos: Julie Dermansky) Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! This past year in Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish, a small group of residents began organizing their community to compel the state to protect them against an invisible menace: the air they breathe. Their parish, the Louisiana equivalent of a county, is situated in what's known as Cancer Alley, an industrial corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that hosts more than 100 petrochemical factories. At the helm of the battle is the Concerned ...
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Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection 6.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Private garbage trucks are ubiquitous on New York's streets after dark, yet the human effort involved remains largely invisible to most people. To travel deep into the world of New York's midnight trash collection is to enter a realm where people often toil in grave danger for low pay. Waste removal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. On the darkened streets of New York City, it's a race for survival. (Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim ) Shortly before 5 a.m. on a recent November night, a garbage truck with a New York Yankees decal on the side sped through a red light on an empty street in the Bronx. The two workers aboard were running late. Before long, they would start getting calls from their boss. "Where are you on the route? Hurry up, it shouldn't take this long." Theirs was one of 133 garbage trucks owned by Action Carting, the largest waste company in New York City, which picks up the garbage and recycling from 16,700 businesses. Going 20 miles per hour above the city's 25 mph limit, the ...
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