Friday, July 28, 2017

Top Seven Cities with the Cleanest Air

[With so much bad news lately, we thought it was time for some good news -- this guest post by Michael Elecho]

Every year, the American Lung Association releases its annual review of the air quality in the United States. Dubbed, “The State of the Air,” this report focuses on letting families and individuals make informed decisions about what cities and areas in the country to live in. This is especially important for people with allergies or other sensitivities to airborne contaminants.
Another facet of The State of the Air address is the list of the cities with the best quality of air in the United States. By looking at the amount of particle pollution and ozone in official monitoring sites, the ALA is able to assess how good the air is across the country and track general trends. Needless to say, emission reductions brought about by the U.S. Clean Air Act have improved air quality throughout the nation. 
The best cities to live in if you’re concerned about air quality, however, are seven cities that ranked top in terms of air quality, with five repeating for the second year in a row. They are located as far north and east as Vermont, as far south as Florida, and as far west as Hawaii. These seven cities are offered in alphabetic order, because they all had zero high particle pollution days all year.

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 It's a raging issue in D.C. Should what some call the "corn mandate" be repealed -- or expanded?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: