Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interested in Green Blogs? Florida International University Wants to Hear from You

The School of Journalism & Mass Communication of Florida International University is working on a research project focused on environmental/green communication in the blogosphere.

The students there are extremely interested in the views of blog readers.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Republican Energy Wish-List Legislation Would Repeal GHG Standards for Motor Vehicles

Republican lawmakers led by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) today introduced pro-industry energy legislation that was being applauded by some reactionary interest groups even before it was introduced. The legislation is basically a big energy industry wish list: more drilling, mandatory approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, curbs on U.S. action to limit greenhouse gas emissions, etc.

You can read the lawmakers' propaganda about the legislation here:

Energy Information Administration: Look at How Those Power Plant Emissions Are Dropping!

News from the Energy Information Administration:

February 27, 2013

Power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides continue to decline in 2012

Graph of emissions from the electric power sector, as explained in the article text

Emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the electric power sector in 2012 declined to their lowest level since the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The decline in emissions is due primarily to an increasing number of coal-fired units retrofitted with flue-gas desulfurization (FGD), or scrubbers, to coal plants switching to lower sulfur coal, and to selective catalytic reduction (SCRs), selective noncatalytic reduction (SNCR), or low NOx burners to limit NOx emissions. In recent years the decreased use of coal for electric power generation because of cheaper natural gas has also played a significant role in the SO2 and NOx emissions declines.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MIT Report: Public Willing to Pay Big $$ to Reduce Smog

D.C. is buzzing with reports that President Obama will soon name prominent MIT nuclear physicist Ernest Monitz to head the Department of Energy.

The news prompted us to take a closer look at a recent MIT report, which concluded that the public is quite willing to pay for a reduction in smog, or ozone. This could be significant as the Obama Administration looks to update the national health standard for ozone. EPA by law is required to set the standard based on health science alone, but this report might help dampen some of the incendiary criticisms by the oil industry and other opponents of tougher standards.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Just How Many Emissions Would Come from Canadian Oil Sands? Don't Ask Canada!

So much news of late about the Keystone XL pipeline: disputes over the size of the D.C. demonstration.  The flap about the muffled media coverage of President Obama's golf outing in Florida with Tiger Woods while the demonstrators braved the D.C. cold. And a lot of CYA stuff from the Canadian government about how it really does care about climate change. (Oh?)

But one thing missing is a credible plan to track the emissions associated with the oil sands extraction for the fuel that's supposed to slosh through the pipeline. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

New EPA Science Assessment: Breathing Smog Will Burn Your Lungs and Maybe Kill You

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has quietly published a final new "Integrated Science Assessment" involving ozone, which we commonly refer to as smog.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Ten Good Reasons Why We Need Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicles

As you may know, the White House Office of Management and Budget has recently begun reviewing an EPA proposal to require lower-polluting gasoline and motor vehicles – known in the jargon of the bureaucracy as the “Tier 3” program.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Smog Poses Threat to Pregnant Women; Another Argument for Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicles

Breathing smog or ozone has been linked to increased incidence of a dangerous condition during pregnancy called pre-eclampsia , according to a new published medical report.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Court Tosses Out Lawsuit on EPA Human Tests

Thanks to Politico Pro for bringing this to our attention.  The court said the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the suit. Here is a very quick synopsis: