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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Guest Post: Conserving Energy through the 'Internet of Things'

[From time to time, Clean Air Watch publishes guest posts we believe are of general interest.  We hope you enjoy this piece by Beth Laurel.]

Using Automation and the IoT to Conserve Energy

There has, undoubtedly, been tremendous progress in society’s attention and recognition of climate change. We are within the midst of a turbulent time, fighting an uphill battle against development, pollution, well-funded fossil fuel companies and out-of-touch government bureaucracy. The possibilities afforded by IoT technologies, however, have begun to allow everyday individuals to explore new avenues for improving energy efficiency in their own homes. Not only do these systems aim to improve the user's ability to reduce energy expenditure, they are also designed to connect with each other through a single easy-to-use interface, creating a more complete picture of consumption overall. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

UPDATE on Failed CASAC Coup

You may recall a few weeks back we reported on an industry effort to put a pal on a key EPA science panel attempted CASAC Coup .

We are happy to report the coup attempt failed.

Despite industry pressure, the EPA appointed Donna Kenski of the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium.  A very good choice of a very well-qualified candidate.

As you might guess, the polluter crowd is crying.  Whiners  W-a-a-a-a-h.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Guest Post: A Response from the Authors of Struggling for Air

[Editor's note: We recently published a critique of the book Struggling for Air by two key staff authors of the 1970 Clean Air Act: Billings-Jorling letter . We are pleased today to publish a response, below, by the book's authors. We would encourage you to read the book -- and the subsequent correspondence.]

September 13, 2016

Dear Mr. Billings and Mr. Jorling,

We were very sorry to hear of your dissatisfaction with Struggling for Air, as we are great admirers of your work and of the major public health victories you made possible. While we respect your opinions, we do feel that several of your criticisms are the result of misunderstandings regarding the content and intent of our book.

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