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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Guest Post: Apple Makes Clean Power Pledge in China

[The upcoming Paris climate summit provides a good opportunity to look at what some leading companies are doing about climate change.  This guest post is from Beth Kelly.]

Current research indicates that consumer concerns over climate change are on the rise. Because the demand for consumer goods plays such a significant role in the generation of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, the steps taken by massive retailers to decrease their carbon footprint are highly impactful.  From here on out, all businesses should commit to sustainable operations and clean energy solutions whenever possible.  

The EPA has stated that the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. is created by the burning fossil fuels for heat, electricity and transportation. Therefore, a critical first step in lowering a company’s emissions is finding out how just how much carbon it produces from office buildings, data centers, factories and transportation fleets along the supply chain. Many large technology companies have been first in line to “commit” to environmentally-friendly business practices, with Apple making apparent efforts to spearhead the movement. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EPA Proposes to Update "Good Neighbor" Power Plant Standards... But It Falls Short

Dear friends,

You are probably aware that the US EPA today is proposing to update its so-called “good neighbor” power plant requirements, to reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxides emissions that blow from one state into others

This is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough.  This proposal would in effect be a tool to help downwind states meet national clean air standards for ozone. 

Well and good.  But it would help them meet the already outdated 2008 ozone standard set during the more recent Bush era.  So EPA must do more in the future to help downwind states meet the new ozone standard set earlier this year. Anything less than that will fail to adequately protect public health.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Guest Post: Four for the Future: Clean Sources of Renewable Electricity

[Clean Air Watch periodically accepts guest posts of general interest.  Today's guest post is from Sarah Smith.  Editor's note: as the link below notes. biomass is a topic of genuine controversy.]

The world’s appetite for electricity grows bigger every day, and the global oil supply and reservoirs that provide hydroelectric power are beginning to show the strain. And while decreasing energy resources would be reason enough to look into types of renewable energy, there’s also the fact that many of the ways we currently generate electricity are harmful to our planet.

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The Clean Air Act is the law that defines EPA's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer. The last major change in the law, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, was enacted by Congress in 1990. Legislation passed since then has made several minor changes.