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Friday, November 07, 2014

Ten Reasons Why America's Dependence on Oil Needs to End

(Clean Air Watch periodically accepts guest postings.  This very interesting piece is from Holly Chavez, a regular contributor.  We hope you find it as informative as we did.)



The United States energy needs are a significant part of global consumption. While the growth of the global economy has had a major impact on increased oil usage, the United States is still a primary player in oil consumption according to many experts. Factoring in the national economy as a whole, it is clear that this is a pattern that cannot continue and must be altered for a variety of reasons, including business expense efficiency.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Quick Thoughts on Greenhouse Gas Emission Settlement with Hyundai and Kia

By now you may have heard of the big settlement that the US EPA and the Department of Justice made with Hyundai and Kia over greenhouse gas emissions.

A few quick thoughts:

For many years, EPA has enforced the Clean Air Act to make sure cars are as clean as they are advertised.  It is very encouraging to see that EPA plans to make sure that climate-related emissions must also be as advertised.  

In this case, consumers will receive a tangible benefit because the car makers were overstating their gas mileage and cheating not only the general public but also car buyers.  

This is the latest effort by the Obama administration to make sure that climate issues are taken seriously.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Congressional Research Service: Take a Deep Breath Before Believing Cost Claims About New EPA Smog Standard

The nonpartisan (and thoughtful!) Congressional Research Service is out with a new report about EPA's expected upcoming health standard for ozone, or smog.  It is really worth reading, especially in light of the hysterical industry attacks on EPA about the alleged cost of any change in the standard.

As the CRS notes:

...even after a proposal is signed, cost estimates will be little better than guesses.

Why? Three reasons: the long implementation period; the unpredictable pace of technology development; and the decentralized nature of compliance decisions.

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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.