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No, the United States isn’t the cleanest country

From Politifact, August 23, 2018. “I want clean air. I want crystal clean water. And we’ve got it. We’ve got the cleanest country in the planet right now,” Trump said in an Aug. 21 rally in Charleston, W.Va. “There’s nobody cleaner than us, and it’s getting better and better.” Does the United States dominate when […]

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It’s easier to breathe in Beijing these days

From MNN News, August 20, 2018. As China continues to crack down on pollution, Beijing’s residents are breathing easier and seeing bluer skies. As reported by Bloomberg, of the seven months with the lowest monthly pollution readings since 2008, five of them have happened since the summer of 2017, with back-to-back low-pollution months this summer […]

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Trump Administration Unveils Its Plan to Relax Car Pollution Rules

From the New York Times, August 2, 2018. The Trump administration on Thursday put forth its long-awaited proposal to freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars, significantly weakening one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to combat global warming. The proposed new rules would also challenge the right of states, California in particular, to set […]

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Wisconsin Clean Cities Members Displace 32M Gallons of Petroleum in a Year

From NGT News, June 27, 2018. Wisconsin Clean Cities members displaced more than 32 million gallons of petroleum in 2017, the Milwaukee-based nonprofit has announced. Wisconsin Clean Cities – one of nearly 100 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions – partners with public, private and nonprofit sectors to reduce dependence on imported oil in […]

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Correction: EPA-Pruitt-Clean Air Act Story

From the New York Times, May 10, 2018. WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday announced a major shift in enforcement of the landmark Clean Air Act to include feedback from state and local governments and others on the economic impact of federal pollution limits. The initiative sets the stage for […]

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We Energies Shareholders Pepper CEO With Questions About Coal

From Wisconsin Public Radio, May 3, 2018. Environmental activists, including some who are We Energies shareholders, are keeping the pressure on the Milwaukee-based utility to reduce dust from coal piles and emissions from smokestacks at the WE Energies plant in Oak Creek. It’s Wisconsin’s largest coal-fired facility. Read the article.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons

From the New York Times, March 22, 2018. WASHINGTON — If the world wants to avoid drastic global warming this century, we’ll need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions sharply in the years ahead. For now, however, we’re still moving in the opposite direction: Carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural […]

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U.S. chemical makers could face tougher, more costly air pollution controls

From Chemical & Engineering News, March 19, 2018. Court says EPA must revamp emission standards for industrial boilers U.S. chemical manufacturing plants with large industrial boilers may face tighter, more expensive emission control requirements for toxic air pollutants because of a recent federal appeals court decision. The court ordered EPA to revise a 2015 Clean […]

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Four Years After Declaring War on Pollution, China Is Winning

From the New York Times, March 12, 2018. On March 4, 2014, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, told almost 3,000 delegates at the National People’s Congress and many more watching live on state television, “We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared war against poverty.” The statement broke from the country’s longstanding policy […]

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