Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Roundup of the Cities with the Cleanest and Most Polluted Air in America

(As the year draws to an end, we thought it might be an appropriate time to share Emily Folk's latest post, below, looking at the cities with the cleanest and most polluted air. We love her optimism about Fresno!)

It's no secret that some cities in America have better air quality than others. There are plenty of factors that go into a city's air quality — pollution, altitude, the average amount of wind, and proximity to the ocean can all affect how clean you're breathing in and around the city's area. Size and distribution of people in and around the urban area also play a huge role in a city's air cleanliness.

For our reference, the America Lung Association releases a "State of the Air" review every year. This report measures each city across America for its air quality, in particular, measuring ozone and particle pollution in the metropolitan areas. Ozone manifests as factory and vehicle smog, while particle pollution is a thicker, sootier variety of pollution. (For a little more technical description, see here: smog, soot and other widespread pollutants ) Both are serious concerns for the health of those living in the area long-term.
Today we’re going to look at the best — and worst — cities for air quality around the states. Away we go!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

PLAGIARISM!! New Charges Against Trump Pick As TOP WH Enviro Adviser

FOR RELEASE: December 12, 2017
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Amid Evidence of Plagiarism, Carper Leads EPW Minority in Calling on CEQ Nominee to Submit New and Original Answers

Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump’s pick to serve as his most senior environmental advisor, copied at least 18 responses to questions for the record verbatim from previous nominees, including EPA Administrator Pruitt

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the minority members of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee called on Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump’s nominee to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality and serve as his most senior environmental advisor, to submit new and original responses to questions for the record after it was discovered that at least 18 of her responses were copied verbatim from responses previously submitted to the committee. Repeatedly, Ms. White’s answers to questions of opinion – on issues including climate change, hazardous air pollutants and environmental justice – matched answers previously provided by President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominees, including EPA Administrator Pruitt and EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

SHE SAID IT! Frightening Comments from Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump Pick as Top White House Environmental Adviser

We think these quotes, compiled by members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, speak for themselves.