Getting Off Gas Must Benefit Those Burdened by Pollution

October 20, 2020 Michele Knab HassonMerrian Borgeson NRDC https://www.nrdc.org/experts/merrian-borgeson/getting-gas-must-benefit-those-burdened-pollution Leading California equity groups are calling on the state to take stronger steps to support healthier, more affordable, fossil fuel-free homes, especially for low-income renters and Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Protecting the health of Californians most impacted by pollution and structural racism, and combating climate change, requires new policies to prioritize them in …

How the future will be better when combustion vehicles are phased out — this reality is coming to pass in CA, NJ and multiple countries

“For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. You deserve to have a car that doesn’t give your kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse — and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.” – …

Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

Science Magazine, October 2020, doi:10.1126/science.abf3504 Recent studies are showing how climate change is drying out the region. Greenhouse gases are making heat waves like those in the 1930s far more likely, according to a study published in May in Nature Climate Change. And in an April study in Science, researchers suggested much of the western United States is on the brink of a prolonged …

Globeville, Elyria, Swansea issues and efforts in Colorado

Some history of GSE from a journalist ( Cara DeGette) . Journalist view ( Michele Swenson) that ties it all together. Alternative to I-70: https://youtu.be/YzWyb6LsLrc Storm Water Drain & I-70: https://vimeo.com/169650756 (ties it together) EPA VB/I-70 Site: https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0801646 CDOT Settlement for GSE /I-70: https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/settlement-reached-on-central-70-project Note that the lawyer for CDOT on this settlement is now at CDPHE  the health assessment is gearing up …

Low-Income Households Pay More for Energy, but Efficiency Can Help

With bans on utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic expiring, action is needed to ease the energy burdens of at-risk communities. By Ariel Drehobl, US News, Sept 30, 2020 How Energy Efficiency Can Help Those With Lower IncomesMore Energy efficiency and weatherization can help ease the burdens of millions of struggling families. PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL or the mortgage? Run the air …

$7 billion estimate for CO abandoned well closures

Dave Sirota – This spring, states pitched the Trump administration on an innovative jobs proposal: use federal stimulus funds to hire thousands of unemployed fossil fuel workers to plug oil and gas wells leaking emissions that are intensifying the climate crisis. Instead, the Trump White House funneled nearly $100 billion in bailouts to oil and gas corporations through the Federal …

Colorado Regional Haze SIP Overview, Fall 2020, for period 2021-2028

What is a Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP)? The federal Clean Air Act contains provisions, called the regional haze provisions, that are designed to eliminate visible air pollution (i.e., haze) in certain national parks and wilderness areas.  The Regional Haze rule requires each state to submit to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an air quality protection plan to …

In a Commuting Utopia, Efficient Housing Location Could Cut Travel by One-Third

Posted on September 29, 2020, SSTI, by Saumya Jain Most states and local governments are either interested in defining vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction goals or already have these in place and are actively working toward VMT reduction. Often these goals are approached either by promoting alternative travel modes or through policy incentives. In a recent article, Canadian researchers ran an optimization model …

We all know that air pollution is choking our planet — and our lungs. But noise pollution from automobiles is almost as bad

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Sep 14, 2020 https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/09/14/the-other-type-of-car-pollution-that-harms-us-all/ Noise pollution from busy roads is nearly as harmful to our health as air pollution, according to the World Health Organization — but a new study reveals we’re not doing nearly enough research to understand, much less regulate, the sonic impact of cars on our bodies. A team of Italian researchers found a broad consensus …

Charlottesville group pushes leaders to link climate goals with energy equity

By Elizabeth McGowan, US Energy News, August 18, 2020 A recent report draws attention to the extreme energy burden facing hundreds of low-income and people of color in the community. At first glance, access to affordable and secure energy doesn’t seem much of a struggle for residents of Charlottesville, Virginia. On average, households spend just over 2% of their income …