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Interfaith Power & Light promotes Global Warming Preach-In

February 8th, 2012

IPL unites all religions in the fight for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Interfaith Power&Light, a coalition of religious groups that promotes stewardship of the earth and energy conservation, has organized a Global Warming Preach-In for Feb. 10-12.

The Preach-In is intended to help pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and other faith leaders educate their congregations on how to become better stewards of the earth, thereby answering God’s call to protect life on Earth and provide for continued human existence.

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American Lung Association names 2010’s eleven biggest ‘clean air’ events

January 3rd, 2011

The American Lung Association has released its list of the 11 biggest “clean air” events of 2010. Eight events marked milestones that provide greater protection from dangerous air pollutants, while three represented delays that have life-threatening consequences. This year’s Lung Association list also commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, the historic law credited with helping protect Americans from breathing dirty, unhealthy air.

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EPA proposes new controls on sulfur and nitrogen oxide pollution from power plants

July 6th, 2010

As Congress settles in to debate how to control the primary greenhouse gas contributor, carbon dioxide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it’s going after sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from power plants.

The EPA is proposing regulations that would reduce air pollution, specifically smog and ozone that contribute to asthma and heart attacks, from these gases across a broad swath of the U.S.

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EPA disapproves Texas’ flexible permit program

July 1st, 2010

The EPA has disapproved Texas’ controversial flexible permit program after determining that it allows companies to avoid certain federal clean air requirements by lumping emissions from multiple units under a single “cap” rather than setting specific emission limits for individual pollution sources at their plants. The EPA’s disapproval of the 16-year-old permit program yesterday marks a change under new Regional Administrator Al Armendariz, and will likely force fossil fuel energy companies to spend millions to meet the national Clean Air Act requirements.

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Report: EPA 10 years behind in setting some air quality standards

June 28th, 2010

While BP continues to take a public relations flogging for its handling of the Gulf Oil Spill, the very organization that is supposed to be protecting the environment may be having issues of its own, according to a recently-released report. The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general released findings last week claiming that the agency is 10 years behind schedule in setting guidelines for a range of toxic air pollutants. The report said the EPA had failed to develop emissions standards due in 2000 for a number of pollutants, and that the agency had not met targets set forth in a 1999 document, including tracking urban dwellers’ risk of health problems related to exposure to pollutants.

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Pep Boys to pay $5 million fine for Clean Air Act violations

May 11th, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department said Pep Boys has agreed to take corrective measures and pay $5 million in civil penalties to settle claims that it violated the Clean Air Act by importing and selling motorcycles, recreational vehicles and generators manufactured in China that do not comply with environmental requirements. Baja, Inc., which supplied the non-compliant vehicles to Pep Boys, is also settling with the U.S.

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Senate climate bill may weaken EPA, Clean Air Act

March 19th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

As a new climate and energy bill winds its way through the U.S. Senate, opponents and watchdog groups are voicing concerns that the proposed legislation could strip power away from the Environmental Protection Agency and individual states.

According to reports, a draft in progress from Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would call for greenhouse gas curbs across multiple economic sectors, with a target of reducing emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Power plant emissions would be regulated in 2012, with other major industrial sources phased in starting in 2016.

The three met with industry leaders on March 17 to discuss features of the bill. Among the potentially controversial items: Restricting the EPA’s powers to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and curbing states’ climate laws and regulations.

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Texas challenges EPA’s designation of greenhouse gases as harmful

February 16th, 2010

Green Right Now Reports

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and the state’s Attorney General and Agriculture commissioner, announced Tuesday that the state will challenge the EPA’s 2009 finding that greenhouse gases are endangering human health.

Texas has filed a Petition for Review of the EPA’s finding with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit , questioning the science behind the EPA’s finding and whether the agency should be allowed to regulate industries’ greenhouse gas emissions.

The move follows a similar one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, when the Chamber filed a petition against the EPA to stop the agency from regulating greenhouse gases. The Chamber says it favors greenhouse gas reductions, but that giving the EPA the authority to assess fines against polluters is the “wrong way” to do it.

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Onward to Copenhagen, a city in Denmark

December 3rd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler Green Right Now Next week, thousands of people are heading to Copenhagen, many of them world leaders, to try to figure out how to keep the human race from smoking itself out of a home. Sadly, a Harris Poll has found that only 28 percent of Americans (of 2,303 polled in November) [...]

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Climate groups ask U.S. to use Clean Air Act to fight global warming

December 3rd, 2009

By Harriet Blake

Two prominent environmental groups have proposed a direct approach to controlling carbon emissions that doesn’t require a new climate law, or even a cap-and-trade agreement.

The strategy is simple: Use the U.S. Clean Air Act.

On Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to set national limits for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act.

The petition asks that greenhouse gases that are classified as “criteria” air pollutants, as well as atmospheric CO2, be capped at 350 parts per million (ppm) which is the level that many scientists now believe is required to avert the worst impacts of global warming.

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The sky is blue and greenhouse gases are bad for us

April 17th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

All week we kept getting these alerts from the EPA. First they wanted to tell us about the accelerated clean up of some Superfund sites. Next, they were trumpeting how they are (finally) going to test a bunch of common pesticides to see if they are endocrine disruptors. (Actually, they’re ordering the makers of these compounds to get them tested…but we’ll deal with that fox/hen house issue another time.)

I started to think, geez, would they ever leave us alone? Who do these EPA folks think they are anyway, government regulators?

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