User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-National
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California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law 25.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sacramento • California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state’s landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of the state’s climate initiatives, has said he’ll sign the bill when it comes to his desk. The move keeps alive the legal framework that underpins California’s wide-ran...
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France's Air revives its 'slow motion music' for a visit to FYF Fest 25.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

“Slow motion music.”

That’s how Jean-Benôit Dunckel characterizes what his band Air creates. And if you’ve heard anything by this crafty French duo, which also includes Nicolas Godin, you know what he means.

In songs like “Cherry Blossom Girl” and “Playground Love” (from Air’s soundtrack for 1999’s...

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The Daily 202: Trump’s time management problem 24.8.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Squandering another night in Mississippi
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Protesters urge Rocky Mountain Power not to sue EPA 24.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Clean air activists delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s doorstep Tuesday morning in an attempt to dissuade the utility company from fighting federally mandated pollution controls at Utah power plants. About a dozen demonstrators walked 44,000 petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s Salt Lake City offices while calling for the company to stand down and comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to require the pollution controls, rather than file its plan... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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New EPA Guidelines: An Opportunity to Reduce Smog, Protect Public Health 23.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Peter Zalzal and David Lyon With families across the country starting back to school this week, the official summer season may be gone, but the ozone season is still in full swing. Ozone, more commonly known as “smog” is a harmful air pollutant that results in respiratory ailments like asthma and can even lead to premature death . For too many Americans, ozone pollution makes the activities that we enjoy doing outdoors in the summer difficult or even impossible.  And in recent years, ozone—once a summertime phenomenon impacting mostly larger cities—now affects rural parts of the country and can persist throughout the year.  In fact, rural Wyoming and Utah have experienced elevated ozone levels in the winter on par with some of the larger cities in the country.  A number of different industrial sources can contribute to this pollution, but in certain areas, emissions from the oil and natural gas sector are a significant factor. Fortunately, this summer, EPA finalized the nation’s first-ever standards ...
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'A new level of transparency and accountability': Climate bill is approved by Senate, heads to Assembly 23.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Drug companies spend millions to oppose price cap on prescriptions, Assembly OKs new regulations for charter buses Aug. 22, 2016, 6:36 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: The state Assembly...
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'An exercise in threading the needle': Lawmakers perform balancing act to move climate legislation forward 23.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In this year’s debate over California climate policy, much of the attention has centered around a proposal to extend and expand the state’s mandate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

But it’s another  piece of legislation that’s generating the most drama, becoming the focus of an intense political...

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Why some lawmakers representing poor communities are pushing back on California's climate program 22.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Roger Hernández says no 'fight' left in him for Congress, Gov. Brown signs law that will result in legal lane splitting by motorcycles Aug. 22, 2016, 9:53 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:...
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Op-ed: EPA should give us leeway to solve our unique ozone issues 21.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Environmental Protection Agency recently lowered its standards for permissible ground level ozone from 75 parts-per-billion (ppb) to 70 ppb under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Although ozone is a naturally occurring phenomenon, most scientists agree that extreme concentrations of ozone, especially when hovering over cities, can have adverse health effects. If a county or region exceeds EPA’s ozone standard, they designate that county as being in “nonattainment,” which carries with it serious econ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Buyer beware: Colorado provides limited regulation for outdoor adventures 19.8.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Outdoor adventures -- such as hot air balloon rides, whitewater rafting, back-country skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering -- can end in disaster. But the rules governing those who provide those experiences in Colorado can be weak or non-existent.
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Harley-Davidson fined $15 million for air-polluting racing tuners 19.8.2016 LA Times: Business

Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed Thursday to pay $15 million to settle a U.S. government complaint over racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed levels of air pollution.

Harley-Davidson manufactured and sold about 340,000 Screamin' Eagle Pro Super Tuners since 2008 that...

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The Daily 202: Clinton and Trump cave to pressure 19.8.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Damage control from the Clinton Foundation and Trump Tower
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Walking the Walk: Companies Lead the Call for New Clean Truck Standards 19.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray As readers of this blog will know, Texas often prides itself on being a great place to do business. As you will see below, business can also have an important voice in keeping Texas (and the U.S.) a great place to live. This post, originally published on the EDF+Business blog , is from our colleague Tom Murray , VP, Corporate Partnerships Program who notes that leading companies recognize the business value of clean trucks, for business, for health, and for the planet. We wanted to share this post with Texas Clean Air Matters because of its relevance to the Lone Star State. Our state stands to benefit significantly from the new rules, especially since truck freight in Texas is forecast to grow 120 percent by 2040 .   — The EDF Texas Clean Air Matters Team A number of America’s most iconic brands helped pave the way for the  new Clean Truck standards  announced August 16th by the U.S. EPA and DOT. Nearly 400 companies, large and small, publicly urged strong, final fuel efficiency and ...
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U.S. Air Force to change fire foam due to water contamination near Colorado Springs 19.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites.
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Harley-Davidson to pay $15 million over clean air violations 18.8.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed Thursday to pay $15 million to settle a U.S. government complaint over racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed levels of air pollution....
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New EPA rules on truck emissions should reduce fuel costs and pollution 18.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Urgent action is needed to try to stanch the damage from the burning of fossil fuels, and the difficulty of doing so does not make the task any less urgent. The Obama administration took a good step forward Tuesday in ordering a 25% reduction over 10 years in carbon emissions from heavy-duty trucks,...

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A New (Old) Approach on Climate Change 17.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The landmark Paris climate agreement opened a new chapter in confronting an enormous challenge to our planet.  I believe that it also gave new life to a Clean Air Act provision that traces its roots to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson when my father was Interior Secretary.  And as communities in New Mexico and across the globe increasingly battle the impacts of climate change - while congressional gridlock prevents the United States from taking significant action - this provision offers new avenues for action.   My father, Stewart Udall, was determined to make science a cornerstone of federal decision-making.  The person he hired as the Department's first science adviser was a distinguished oceanographer, Roger Revelle, who recognized even then the looming dangers of climate change. Revelle collaborated with Johnson's top science advisers on a prescient report entitled "Restoring the Quality of Our Environment."    This 1965 report from the President's Science Advisory Committee devoted a chapter to ...
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The EPA Just Dropped New Rules to Clean Up Our Air 17.8.2016 Mother Jones
The Obama administration has announced new regulations to make trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles more fuel efficient—a move that could help fight global warming and clean up the unhealthy air we breathe in cities and near highways. The fuel-efficiency standards , rolled out by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation on Tuesday, will likely require an investment in more expensive vehicles, but those costs will likely be offset by huge savings in fuel—usually the single biggest cost for trucking fleets. Once they're fully implemented, the new regulations are expected to slash fuel spending by about $170 billion, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 1.1 billion metric tons and reducing oil consumption by tens of billions of barrels. Trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles currently account for more than 20 percent of transportation-related fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the EPA. The new fuel efficiency ...
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Byko: Bad bike behavior gets air time on NBC10 16.8.2016 Philly.com News
Reporter George Spencer gets the finger
EDF Moves to Defend Vital Protections to Reduce Methane Pollution 16.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Moves to Defend Vital Protections to Reduce Methane Pollution
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