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Monday, July 24, 2017

Guest Post: Why Isn't Everyone Using More Biofuels?

["Biofuels." It's a raging issue in D.C. Should what some call the "corn mandate" be repealed -- or expanded?  Both Big Oil and Big Corn have deployed Big Lobbyists to duke it out. And major conservation groups such as the National Wildlife Federation have raised big concerns about corn-based ethanol.  NWF celebrates in one skirmish against more corn ethanol.
Guest blogger Emily Folk takes a big-picture look at this controversial issue.]

Why Isn't Everyone Using Biofuels? 
Like many people, you’ve probably heard scientists proclaiming their warning for years: Since fuels like coal and crude oil aren’t renewable resources, our supply will eventually run out. As the amount available becomes increasingly scarce, the cost will go up, too. Nonrenewable fuels also create harmful substances when burned. Because of these obvious problems, some people have suggested biofuels are the way of the future. Is that really the case, though?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ten Good Reasons for the U.S. Senate to Oppose the Smoggy Skies Act

[Update: the House of Representatives did approve the Smoggy Skies Act yesterday by a 229-199 vote, mostly but not exclusively along party lines.  Eleven Republican members voted against.  The outcome was far from a shock, but it was encouraging to see so many opposed.  The legislation now goes to an uncertain fate in the Senate,  The arguments noted below still apply.]

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the Smoggy Skies Act (HR 806) which is coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives tomorrow. 

 Here are 10 of them:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Guest Post: Air Pollution in North India and What is being done about it!

(On the heels of Indian Prime Minister Modi's visit to Washington, we are pleased to publish this informative guest post by Ms. Sahiba Sadana)

According to an news update in Times of India, India has been reported to have 10 cities in the list of top 20 polluted cities in the world. Air Pollution in India is quite a serious issue, especially in North India. 
According to NASA’s satellite image, Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi are the cities that are covered under the smog blanket more than others. 

Image Source: NASA

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