Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Guest Post: Climate Change: How You Can Make a Difference


[Needless to say, action by the U.S. government on climate change appears doubtful -- for now.  Guest blogger Neil Stawski has some thoughts on what you can do right now.]


Climate change has been on a lot of people’s minds in recent years, and unfortunately it’s not something that will go away anytime soon. With global warming on the rise, it’s becoming clearer that something needs to be done to implement a drastic change. The question is, how do we go about it?  


Photo via Pixabay by Cocoparisienne

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Guest Post: 10 ways technology advances have helped reduce emissions in modern cars

[Clean Air Watch is pleased to present this guest post by Amanda Grison]

Automotive manufacturers have to produce vehicles that are not only fuel-efficient, but which will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission. The following are the 10 ways which shows how technology advances have helped reduce emissions in modern cars.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Clean Air Advocates Urge EPA to Reduce Smog in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Across the Eastern U.S.


NEWS RELEASE

Contact:
Sharyn Stein, EDF, 202-572-3396, sstein@edf.org
Leah Kelly, Environmental Integrity Project, 202-263-4448, lkelly@environmentalintegrity.org
John Sheehan, Adirondack Council, 518-441-1340, jsheehan@adirondackcouncil.org
Anneka Wisker, Moms Clean Air Force, 202-572-3308, awisker@momscleanairforce.org
Stuart Ross, CATF, 914-649-5037, sross@catf.us
Trey Pollard, Sierra Club, trey.pollard@sierraclub.org, 202-904-9187
Jessica Hodge, Earthjustice, 202-667-4500 ext. 5201, jhodge@earthjustice.org
Brook Havlik, WE ACT, 212-961-1000, ext. 320, brooke@weact.org
Frank O'Donnell, Clean Air Watch, 202-558-3527, frank@cleanairwatch.org
Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, Maryland Environmental Health Network, 443-863-5275, tamara@mdehn.org
Peter Iwanowicz, Environmental Advocates of New York, 518-462-5526 x 228, piwanowicz@eany.org


Clean Air Advocates Urge EPA to Reduce Smog in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Across the Eastern U.S.

(Washington, D.C. – April 26, 2017) A coalition of public health, conservation, and environmental groups representing millions of Americans is going to bat for the states of Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland in a fight with the Trump Administration over smog.

The three states have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for help reducing air pollution that is blowing across their borders from neighboring states – from power plants that have pollution controls, but are not running them. The pollution is adding to these downwind states’ smog problems and is putting the health of their citizens at risk.

After several months, EPA has not responded to the states’ requests. The Adirondack Council, Clean Air Task Force, Clean Air Watch, Earthjustice, Environmental Advocates of New York, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Integrity Project, Maryland Environmental Health Network, Moms Clean Air Force, Sierra Club, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice have now sent a joint letter to EPA urging the agency to do its job.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Former EPA Staffers, State Environmental Professionals, Assail Proposed EPA Budget

(from an analysis by the Environmental Protection Network, a growing bi-partisan network of more than 75 former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency and related federal and state agencies.)


President Trump’s Budget Blueprint takes an ax to EPA, threatening severe damage to health and environmental programs that have protected Americans for decades. State agency funding is also slashed, even though the Trump Administration is proposing to simultaneously shift more responsibility to the states. The budget further calls for elimination of most EPA climate programs even as the earth continues to warm and climate change impacts grow worse. 

There is no evidence that the cuts are based on any real analysis of changing needs. Steep cuts and elimination of many EPA programs seem to reflect ideological views about the role and value of government programs that protect public health and the environment. The Trump Budget Blueprint for EPA appears to be nothing less than a full-throttle attack on the principle underlying all U.S. environmental laws – that protecting the health and environment of all Americans is a national priority. 
The whole analysis is available at analysis of proposed EPA budget

Friday, February 17, 2017

Senate Vote on Pruitt: Unconscionable -- A Bipartisan Triumph of Special Interests

Many people will have much to say about the Senate vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection  Agency.  Here are a few quick thoughts:

It is unconscionable that the Senate would ram this nomination through without knowing all the relevant facts — facts that may be known within a few days.  It is a bipartisan triumph of special interests over the broader public interest.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What's Going to Happen to Cheating Companies Under a New EPA? -- a Guest Post

(Clean Air Watch is pleased to present this timely guest post by Gemma Hunt)


While we await a Senate vote on Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an important question lingers in the air: what will happen to enforcement of clean air and water laws under the Trump team?  Will companies feel they can cheat -- and harm the public -- as Volkswagen did?  

The recent Fiat Chrysler incident could be a test case.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Guest Post: Why Clean Energy Matters More Now Than Ever

(Clean Air Watch is pleased to present this timely guest post by Gemma Hunt)



During the election campaign process, President-elect Donald Trump was very vocal about his desire to repel many of the clean energy policies put in place by President Obama. He has threatened to abolish the Clean Power Plan, completely remove all federal funding for clean energy schemes and solutions, and opening up large areas previously unopened to them for oil, coal and gas markets. This will put significant pressure on individual states to continue to fund green energy schemes, block the arrival of big energy companies in their territories, and continue to fulfil the vision of the Clean Power Plan independently. This is something that many states will have neither the desire nor the budget to do, and is the reason why an individual commitment to the use of clean energy matters now more than ever.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GUILTY! Volkswagen Pays Massive Fine in Cheater Scandal; Company Officials Indicted



[from the U.S. Department of Justice]



  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Volkswagen AG Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $4.3 Billion in Criminal and Civil Penalties; Six Volkswagen Executives and Employees are Indicted in Connection with Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests


VW to Pay $2.8 Billion Criminal Fine in Guilty Plea and $1.5 Billion Settlement of Civil Environmental, Customs and Financial Violations; Monitor to Be Appointed to Oversee the Parent Company 
Volkswagen AG (VW) has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company’s long-running scheme to sell approximately 590,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. by using a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and lying and obstructing justice to further the scheme, the Justice Department announced today.
In separate civil resolutions of environmental, customs and financial claims, VW has agreed to pay $1.5 billion. This includes EPA’s claim for civil penalties against VW in connection with VW’s importation and sale of these cars, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claims for customs fraud. In addition, the EPA agreement requires injunctive relief to prevent future violations. The agreements also resolve alleged violations of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).