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  • CNN’s Cuomo: Obama EPA Regs Key to Keep US “from looking like Shanghai”

    03/28/2017 5:51:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hot stock tip: invest in companies producing anti-smog surgical masks. That is, if you buy into Chris Cuomo’s environmental alarmism. On CNN this morning, the panel discussed the Trump admin’s announcement yesterday that it plans to roll back some of the Obama-era EPA regs viewed as overly restrictive on the coal industry. Cuomo claimed that the Obama regs are “seen as key to keeping the United States from looking like Shanghai in terms of blowing all kinds of black smoke into the air.” View the video here.
  • Clean air advocate: California has nation's dirtiest air

    04/20/2016 2:01:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 3:10 AM EDT | Scott Smith
    Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation’s most polluted. Bakersfield tops the list for having the most unhealthy days from airborne particles spewed by highway traffic, diesel trucks, farm equipment and fireplaces, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2016 report says. Los Angeles remains the nation’s leader in harmful ozone pollution from car tailpipes emitting smog, the report says. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks, lead to lung cancer and cause premature death. […]...
  • In Volkswagen's Defense

    09/30/2015 6:40:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2015 | Paul Murphy
    First, let me say that I drive a Volvo XC70 - a 300 HP, 5000 pound, gas guzzler that gets about 9,000 miles per ticket -- and have never owned, or wanted, either a Volkswagen or an Audi. It's unfair to hold today's Volkswagen AG accountable for the sins of its founders, but I have never understood how leftist anti-war protestors and peaceniks could commute to their riots in cars and vans whose design Ferdinand Porsche largely stole from Tata at Hitler's orders -- but then, I don't understand how adoring posters of mass murderers like Mao and Che...
  • Air Pollution May Shrink the Brain, Study Suggests

    04/27/2015 8:56:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/27/15 | Agata Blaszczak Boxe - Livescience.com
    Breathing polluted air every day may change a person's brain in ways that end up leading to cognitive impairment, according to a new study. In the study, researchers examined 943 healthy adults who were at least 60 years old and lived the New England region. The investigators used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the participants' brain structures, and compared the images with the air pollution levels in the places where the participants lived. The researchers found that an increase of 2 micrograms per cubic meter in fine-particle pollution — a range that can be observed across an average...
  • EPA's latest proposal could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the United States.

    03/03/2015 2:14:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-28-15 | John Eick
    In late 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would further ratchet down national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb. Notably, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) declared the proposal to be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the country. A study recently conducted by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by NAM confirms NAM’s earlier statement. Specifically, the study reveals that reducing the current ozone standard to 65 ppb would reduce U.S. gross...
  • White House: Seven in Ten Doctors Say Climate Change Is Harming Patients

    02/27/2015 6:45:48 AM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | JERYL BIER
    Usually when the Obama administration is discussing doctors and health issues, Obamacare is on the table. Thursday, however, the White House threw a curve by linking health to climate change. In a new blog post, the White House declares that "7 out of 10 Doctors [say] Climate Change Is Already Harming Patients’ Health." While often the White House has been a source of upbeat reports on recent health improvements attributed in part to the Affordable Care Act, the language of this post stands in sharp contrast. For example: "Already, 1 in 10 children in the U.S. suffers from asthma. Heat-related...
  • Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data

    11/11/2014 6:47:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WP ^ | November 10 | Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing
    Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data By Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing November 10 BEIJING – China has made a gargantuan effort to clear Beijing’s smoggy air for an important regional summit this week, closing hundreds of factories and forcing cars off the road, but its efforts have only been partially successful. On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Embassy air quality monitor reported a reading of 157, a measurement classified as “unhealthy”. Red-faced, the Chinese government has come up with an innovative solution – block the data from being displayed on local smart phone apps...
  • Sriracha hot sauce factory no longer considered a public nuisance....

    05/28/2014 9:49:04 PM PDT · by Bullish · 16 replies
    the inland valley daily bulletin ^ | 5-28-14 | Sarah Favot
    IRWINDALE >> Sriracha’s spicy relationship with the City Council cooled off a bit Wednesday after officials unanimously dismissed a lawsuit and public nuisance declaration against manufacturer Huy Fong Foods. The standoff between the city and Sriracha creator David Tran began in October when the city filed a lawsuit against his iconic company. The battle sparked fears among Sriracha fans there would be a global shortage of the popular condiment and its bottle with the tell-tale green cap. An informal meeting Tuesday between Tran and city officials, accompanied by a written statement from Tran, provided the council the assurance it needed...
  • Obama scores rare environmental victory at Supreme Court

    04/30/2014 9:35:39 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 10:42 AM EDT, Wed April 30, 2014 | Bill Mears
    (CNN) -- A key part of the Obama administration's green policies received surprisingly strong Supreme Court support on Tuesday over efforts to curb air pollution. A 6-2 majority of justices issued a decision upholding federal agency rules to control coal-fired power plant emissions from 28 states. Obama takes on coal industry It was a rare environmental victory in a conservative majority court that has in recent years generally sided against the federal government's nationwide clean air policies. The issue was complex -- whether an "upwind" state that is polluting a "downwind" state is free of any obligations under the so-called...
  • Supreme Court Revives EPA Rule on Air Pollution Across State Lines

    04/29/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 23 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 04/29/2014 | Brent Kendall
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday revived an Environmental Protection Agency regulation that limited power-plant emissions blowing across state lines—a victory for the Obama administration. The court's 6-2 ruling breathes new life into a 2011 EPA regulation known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which requires 28 states to reduce power-plant emissions that hurt the air-quality in states located downwind. The regulation stands to affect about 1,000 power plants in the eastern half of the U.S that may have to adopt new pollution controls or reduce operations. The court's decision in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, written by Justice Ruth...
  • China's exports linked to western U.S. air pollution

    01/21/2014 6:22:14 AM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Landau,
    Because of the United States outsourcing manufacturing to China, the eastern United States saw a decrease in sulfate pollution, but an increase was seen in the western part of the nation. Average sulfate, carbon monoxide and black carbon concentrations went down by 0.3% to 0.9% when looking at population-weighted averages. But this all comes at a cost: In the western United States and populous Chinese regions, air quality went down. Over the last decade, China has seen a huge increase in the use of coal-burning power plants, Wuebbles said. Coal use for generating electricity is a big part of why...
  • Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

    01/15/2014 8:23:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2014 10:24 PM EST
    Beijing’s skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe. The air took on an acrid odor, and many of the city’s commuters wore industrial strength face masks as they hurried to work. The city’s air quality is often poor, especially in winter when stagnant weather patterns combine with an increase in coal-burning to exacerbate other forms of pollution and create days-long periods of heavy smog. But the readings early Thursday for...
  • China pollution grounds hundreds of flights, prompts severe health warning

    12/06/2013 9:26:26 AM PST · by mojito · 14 replies
    NBC ^ | 12/6/2013 | Didi Tang and Eugene Hoshiko
    SHANGHAI, China -- Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China's commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning. The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub on par with the likes of London, New York and Hong Kong by 2020. On Friday afternoon, the Shanghai government issued its severest health warning as the city's pollution index ranged between 23 times and 31 times the levels recommended by international...
  • House Panel Subpoenas EPA for Air Pollution Data

    08/05/2013 12:30:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 2013-08-02 | Kelly Servick
    U.S. Committee on Science, Space and TechnologyHand it over. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House science committee, signs a subpoena ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to hand over sensitive health data. In a rare step, the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to subpoena the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for data from key studies used to justify air pollution regulations.Following a heated exchange of letters between Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) and ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the committee approved its first subpoena in 21 years. The vote was strictly along party lines,...
  • China's coal burning cutting lives short by years

    07/09/2013 2:11:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Nature News ^ | 08 July 2013 | Richard A. Lovett
    Historical study links higher levels of pollution to higher mortality. High levels of particulates from coal burning in China’s highly polluted north may have cut more than five years from life expectancy for the 500 million people who lived there in the 1990s, scientists report today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. The study can help to forecast the health effects of pollution in present-day China — where air quality has only gotten worse — as well as in other countries. Chinese air pollution made global headlines during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and again this winter, when particulate...
  • Air pollution exposure during pregnancy increases autism risk for baby: Study

    06/18/2013 5:46:39 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    QMI Agency ^ | JUNE 18, 2013
    Pregnant women exposed to high levels of air pollution are up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in areas with low pollution, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Researchers looked at data going back to 1989 about 325 women who had a child with autism and 22,000 women who had a child without the disorder, then correlated that with pollutant levels at the time and place of birth and how much exposure the women would have had. In areas where diesel particulates or mercury in...
  • EPA's Dirty Secret About The Environment on Earth Day

    04/22/2013 4:30:58 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2013 | John Merline
    The Environmental Protection Agency late last month proposed strict new "clean fuel" standards on gasoline. The EPA said the so-called Tier 3 rule would cut emissions of smog-forming pollutants, as well as toxic emissions like benzene. What the EPA didn't say was that levels of these pollutants have been falling steadily for years, and would continue to fall even without the new rule, which the oil industry says will cost tens of billions of dollars. Indeed, a fact that won't get much attention on Earth Day — April 22 — is that pollution has been falling across the board for...
  • WA Legislator: Cyclists increased respiration leads to air pollution" $25 Carbon TAX.

    WA Legislator: Cyclists increased respiration leads to air pollution" $25 Carbon TAX. Rep. Ed Orcutt thinks that "bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride" because, "the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider." A high-ranking Washington legislator has added insult to injury in his support for a bike tax by claiming that bicycling is not environmentally friendly because people who ride bikes pollute the air when they breathe. (snip) Here's the entire text of Orcutt's email: "I am not a fan of the House Transportation tax proposal, nor of many tax proposals,...
  • Air pollution delivers smaller babies

    02/06/2013 7:23:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 06 February 2013 | Hannah Hoag
    Study of 3 million infants suggests connection between inhaled particles and birth weight. Pregnant women who have been exposed to higher levels of some types of air pollution are slightly more likely to give birth to underweight babies, a large international study has found. The results are published online today in Environmental Health Perspectives1. Low birth weight — defined as a newborn baby weighing less than 2.5 kilogrammes — increases the risk of infant mortality and childhood diseases, and has been associated with developmental and health problems later in life, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Previous studies have looked at...
  • Air Pollution From Grilled Burgers Worse Than Trucks

    09/19/2012 3:34:48 PM PDT · by twistedwrench · 62 replies
    CBS Local ^ | September 18, 2012
    A UC Riverside study found that commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks. The study, which focused on commercial charbroilers found in burger restaurants, said the equipment generates grease, smoke, water vapors and combustion products, which emit a large amount of particulate matter into the air.