So I got this email from a reader, and I even replied to it but the email kept bouncing back to me. I’m sure plenty of you have the same question, so here’s the email and my answer. Continue reading
President Obama just announced a once-in-a-generation step forward to protect our environment—the first-ever national standards on mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.
It’s a huge accomplishment that will help clean up our air and water, preventing thousands of premature deaths and over 100,000 cases of childhood asthma each year.
Check out this fact sheet below on what these new air pollution standards mean for our health and environment, then share it with your friends and family. Continue reading
This is a major victory for the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists, President Obama, and all people who enjoy breathing clean air. According to grist.org, “Finally controlling mercury and toxics will be an advance on par with getting lead out of gasoline.” Considering this political climate and the amount of heavy opposition the EPA has been getting this is quite a feat and great news during the holiday season. Continue reading
“The timing of natural events, such as flower blooms and animal migration, is influenced by changes in climate.” -Climate Change Indicators in the United States
This weekend a nor’easter hit the Northeast U.S. with a wintery mix of snow, sleet and rain leaving many feeling like just at the end of October we’ve managed to skip the autumn season entirely. Where I live in New York City the storm wasn’t so bad, although I wasn’t outside, let alone Occupying Wall Street. The protesters survived but Continue reading
Photo Credit: Smog over Skyline from São Paulo city in Brazil by Gaf.arq
Ever so quietly this Labor Day Weekend President Obama announced he is directing the EPA to withdraw smog standards that would have cut smog pollution from power plants, refineries and even cars. The smog limits would have prevented 2,200 heart attacks and 23,000 asthma attacks annually. A little more smog might not seem like such a big deal but air pollution was recently found to be worse for you than cocaine. Considering the alarming asthma rates in African-American communities (every 1 in 6 has asthma) President Obama is putting his black supporters and environmentalists in a tough position when it comes to re-election. Continue reading
Letterman: Are you [the EPA] concerned with climate change? That doesn’t come under your heading or does it?
Jackson: Oh Absolutely we’re concerned with climate change. Absolutely.
Letterman: And there’s nothing we can do about that really is there? [laughter]
Jackson: I personally don’t think it’s hopeless. I think we need to move. I think we need to act.
Letterman: It’s hopeless. Absolutely. When you see the president tell him I said, it’s hopeless. [laughter]
Here’s 3 videos featuring the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa P. Jackson for Earth Day. Continue reading
On Wednesday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In her testimony she defended the Clean Air act which is currently under attack from the Republicans. Continue reading
Photo Credit: Dori, Smokestacks, in Champaign, Illinois
Eighteen of America’s leading scientific societies have written that multiple lines of evidence show humans are changing the climate, that contrary assertions are inconsistent with an objective assessment of the vast body of peer-reviewed science, and that ongoing climate change will have broad impacts on society, including the global economy and the environment.
Chairman Upton’s bill would, in its own words, repeal that scientific finding. Politicians overruling scientists on a scientific question– that would become part of this Committee’s legacy. -EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before the House energy subcommittee under Republican rule on Wednesday. Continue reading