When You See Something, Say Something: Climate Emergency Alarm Bells Ringing While Local Electeds Pretend Not To Hear

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Just four months ago, in October, the UN’s IPCC Climate Report gave us, at best, 12 years to take bold and drastic action in cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if we want to limit the level of already baked-in climate catastrophe. If we continue our head-in-the-sand, business as usual path, we are headed straight for runaway, uncontrollable destruction of our livable climate. In 2019 alone more easy-to-connect climate crisis dots have made worldwide news: .

2019 133

Lung Association report highlights health and climate costs of petroleum-based transportation and the benefits of shifting to ZEVs

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A new report produced by the American Lung Association concludes that over-reliance on petroleum-based fuels for transportation costs the 10 ZEV states in the US (California and nine other states that have adopted the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program) an estimated $37 billion in health expenses and climate costs every year—with California costs alone hitting $15 billion. in hidden health and climate costs. Maryland: $2.6 Climate benefits include $5.5

2016 85

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Satellite study suggests California clean air regulations working to reduce PM2.5 emissions in state

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The study demonstrates the success of California’s air pollution control programs, regulations, enforcement efforts and clean-air plans in regions with the greatest air quality challenges: Southern California and the southern Central Valley. This is the result of CARB’s programs that clean up cars and trucks, along with other programs including wood burning rules implemented by air districts.

2018 86

PNNL modeling study finds climate benefit for cutting soot, methane smaller than previous estimates

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Cutting the amount of short-lived, climate-warming emissions such as soot and methane won’t limit global warming as much as previous studies have suggested, according to a new study from the Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Md., a joint venture between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. We find that reductions of methane and black carbon would likely have only a modest impact on near-term global climate warming.

2013 73

EPA awards $6M in research funding to improve air quality models

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The universities receiving the funding through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program include: Colorado State University, to gain insights on how emissions from wildfires and volatile chemical products (for example, personal care products, cleaning agents, and coatings) contribute to the formation of fine particles in the atmosphere. Climate models Emissions Market Background

2020 75

Nine states and DC to design regional approach to cap greenhouse gas emissions from transportation

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The statement , endorsed by Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC, describes the goals of such a program, including reducing climate changing pollution, creating economic opportunity, and improving transportation equity for currently underserved and overburdened populations. The work of TCI is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center. Climate Change Emissions Policy

2018 89

DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. Research Center, University of Maryland, University of Texas at. for climate control in automobiles. fossil fuel consumption and emissions, enabling clean solar. the solar thermochemical production of Syngas for clean and.

2011 98

Analysis concludes that current transportation policy in most US states will likely worsen GHG emission trends in US

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In the 50-state assessment, no state received a higher grade than “B-,” and most states scored lower than “D,” demonstrating a lack of alignment between transportation and climate policies, according to the analysis. Only three states—California, Maryland, and New Jersey—landed in the top tier of the scoring methodology, and 12 states fell into tier three, the lowest. Dedicate revenue from GHG fees to fund clean transportation investment.

2010 76

Canada and California to work together on cleaner transportation

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Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, today signed a new cooperation agreement to advance cleaner vehicles and fuels. Canada is developing a Clean Fuel Standard that will cut emissions by 30 million tonnes in 2030.

2019 88

Governors of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Agree to Work Together Toward Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fuels; Timeline for Developing a Potential Low Carbon Fuel Standard for Region

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In June 2008, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sent a letter to the governors of all 10 member states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) inviting them to work with Massachusetts on developing a Low Carbon Fuel Standard that would apply to the entire region, creating a larger market for cleaner fuels, reducing emissions associated with global climate change, and supporting the development of clean energy technologies.

2009 76

DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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University of Maryland. Clean Fuels Ohio. Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition. Delivering Clean Air in Denver: Propane Trucks and Infrastructure in Mail Delivery Application. Advancing Climate and Innovation Goals of Memphis and Shelby County: Electrification of key fleet vehicles to capture cost savings and climate benefits. East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition.

2020 78

Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, built their climate change bill last year in large measure around it. I will continue to work with Senators Kerry and Lieberman to produce a new bill that has a new focus that will lead to energy independence, create the jobs that we will need to become a vibrant, viable economy in the 21st century, and a green economy and clean up the air. ”. Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Western Climate Initiative, available at: [link].

2010 85

International Alliance on ZEVs seeks to accelerate ZEV adoption; 11 founding government members from N America and Europe

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California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont in the United States; Québec in Canada; and The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom in Europe are the founding members. A new report released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) outlines an agenda for expanding collaboration.

2015 93

EPA Grants California Vehicle GHG Regulations Waiver

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This previous decision was based on an interpretation of the Clean Air Act finding that California did not have a need for its greenhouse gas emission standards to meet “ compelling and extraordinary conditions. ” ( Earlier post.). This waiver is consistent with the Clean Air Act as it’s been used for the last 40 years and supports the prerogatives of the 13 states and the District of Columbia who have opted to follow California’s lead.

2009 60

EPA researchers suggest US electricity consumers should be willing to pay 2-4x for emission-free alternatives to fossil fuel electricity due to health impacts

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US consumers of electricity should be willing to pay, on average, $0.24–$0.45/kWh—approximately 2–4 times current retail costs—for emission-free alternatives to fossil fuel electricity due to the cost of health impacts from fossil fuel electricity, according to a new analysis by a pair of researchers at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Energy and Climate Change Office, Region 9.

2013 94

Governors of 8 states sign MoU to put 3.3M zero-emission vehicles on roads by 2025; 15% of new vehicle sales

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The governors of 8 states—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont—have signed a memorandum of understanding ( MoU ) to take specific actions to put 3.3 This [MoU] is the continuation of an extraordinary legacy of California and other states working together to fight climate change that goes back 20 years.

2013 100

TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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We created the largest database of surface ozone from hourly observations at more than 4,800 monitoring sites worldwide, and we’re making these data freely available to anyone who wants to investigate the impact of ozone on human health, vegetation, and climate. Emissions from vehicles, power plants, industrial operations, and other human activities are a primary cause of surface ozone, which is one of six main pollutants regulated in the US by the Clean Air Act.

2018 88

California state agencies “rolling out carpet” for hydrogen electric vehicles

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“ California is rolling out the carpet for Californians who choose these ultra-clean hydrogen powered electric cars and for the companies that make them ,” said Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Making the transition to cleaner, lower polluting near-zero and zero-emission vehicles is a critical component to addressing California’s clean air and climate challenges. efforts among California, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Oregon, Massachusetts, Vermont.

2014 88

Study finds pollution strengthens thunderclouds, warming the atmosphere

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Pollution warms the atmosphere through summer thunderstorm clouds, according to a computational study by a team of researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of Maryland published in Geophysical Research Letters. To find out, researchers need to incorporate this new-found warming into global climate models. Clouds are one of the most poorly understood components of Earth’s climate system.

2012 78

DOE to award more than $55M to 31 projects for plug-in and efficient vehicle technologies; Delphi receives $10M to further GDCI

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Other projects focus on advancing lightweight materials research to help electric vehicles increase their range and reduce battery needs, and developing advanced climate control technologies that reduce energy used for passenger comfort and increase the drive range of plug-in electric vehicles. University of Maryland. Advanced Climate Control Auxiliary Load Reduction (Area of Interest 7). Clean Air Power.

2014 99

California ARB mods to ZEV regulations for IVMs would result in ~1.9% drop in total ZEV/TZEV units 2018-2025; no impact on air quality requirements

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However, in the environmental analysis of the impact of the proposal, ARB noted that despite that projected reduction in ZEV and TZEV volume, because the ZEV amendments do not modify the in-place fleet average emission standards established by the other elements of the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) package ( earlier post ), the air quality benefits of the ACC program as analyzed in 2011 will still be realized.

2014 88