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Just looking for a little action

Today, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Coalition for a Safe Environment (CFASE) jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court to address the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to act on two critically important items that have been sitting in someone’s in-box since November 2007.  (I’m representing CFASE in the [...]

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Rights and Wrongs at the ARB

So, it’s not bad enough that ARB decided ARB will issue an enforcement advisory to notify all stakeholders affected by the off-road equipment regulation that effective immediately, and until further notice, no enforcement action will be taken for noncompliance. Especially since back in 2007 –3 years ago–when they adopted the rule they said: “This regulation [...]

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Whatever happened to RGGI?

Remember all the fanfare and hoopla?  Remember how this new regional cap’ n trade market was going to prove–once and for all–that cap’ n trade was the way to go?  Remember?  Remember that? Well, back then, I wrote that the whole thing was a mess and a sham in a post called “Are We Saving [...]

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Cap and Trade: Still a scam.

Look at these two polls from last summer.  Before George W. Bush and his friends released the market-hounds-of-hell on the planet, people supported addressing climate change. Nearly all respondents, 94.0%, said they were very or somewhat willing to change their own lifestyle to reduce the impact of climate change. And, 95.1% believed there were things they [...]

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4 numbers to tell a story

Clean air matters. How much PM2.5 is in the air really, really matters. It matters because breathing it kills people. In fact, if we were able to reduce PM2.5 to the levels established by the federal standard, we’d be able to save thousands of people’s lives.  Indeed, in Los Angeles County, PM2.5–related deaths are more [...]

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The blow by blow….

The struggle for clean air continues here in the South Coast Air Basin. On January 15th, California Communities Against Toxics, Communities for a Better Environment, and Coalition for a Safe Environment (collectively “us” or “we”) went to the Los Angeles Superior Court to ask that the Court prevent the South Coast Air Quality Management District [...]

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It’s here…it’s here!

It’s here!  The Port of Los Angeles Inventory of Air Emissions – 2008 is finally here! What’s all the excitement about?  Well, you may be vaguely aware that I’ve been litigating a series of cases (along with excellent co-counsel) related to the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s effort to create a bunch of new [...]

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And Now, the next round…

OK, so this post is going to be a little specialized.  It addresses the next round of efforts to make real the notion that Clean Air Matters. This post picks up mid-stream in a fight that’s been going on since 2006 between a coalition of environmental justice and environmental groups on one hand and the [...]

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Enery and Power Intertwined

This piece in the Los Angeles Times is critically important to read and to think about the implications.

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If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears the sound

…is it kinda like the Kyoto market trading mess didn’t really fail? OK, so I’m paraphrasing the philosophical question that paraphrases the issues raised by philosopher George Berkeley (1685-1753) as a way to explore questions about reality and knowledge, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does [...]

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