July 2011

When Fake Billionaire Populists Collide

by jim on July 24, 2011

  …the results aredepressing and hilariousat the same time.  "Last month, for example, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) withdrew his co-sponsorship of the measure after “I heard,” he said, that “T. Boone Pickens tends to stand to make a lot of money on it.” Pitts said, “I don’t want to be accused of, you know, doing […]

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Turns out that TCEQ is color-blind as well. Some of you may subscribe to the Commission’s  DFW ozone alert e-mail list. You may think those “Orange Alerts” you’ve been getting every so often since Spring are an indication of what days represent breathing health threats. You would be wrong. When you get an orange alert, […]

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Just the other day, we were wondering if the Obama Administration could withstand industry lobbying on its third try to announce a new federal ozone standard that will make all the usual suspects cry out that the sky is falling. We have another 20 days or so to see out that decision turns out. But […]

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  Babies who were exposed to certain organic pollutants in the womb are at a highly increased risk of neural tube defects leading to conditions such as spina bifida, according to researchers in China. Neural tube defects, in which the spinal cord, the brain or their coverings fail to develop completely, arise very early in […]

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Orange Monday

by jim on July 18, 2011

At least that’s the forecast from TCEQ today.  We’re already at a 90 ppb “design value” after being at 85 ppb last year. This year’s current high number was set in early July. The odds are pretty good that DFW will have more violations at least through August-September. The only question is how high will […]

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Thanks to an entity named Jimzshow over at YouTube, you can see video highlights of last Thursday’s Rick Perry Bean Cook-Off and TCEQ Smog Hearing, including: The Calvin and Tim Show before the hearing. Downwinders’ own Jim Schermbeck making the case that the plan has already failed, even before it’s finalized. Arlington Environmental Institution Julia […]

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But according to this website info, the NW Tarrant Tea Party Folks were asked to come over and counter the “misinformation” about gas drilling by the astroturf group CLEAN Resources (Citizens for Lasting Energy and Affordable Natural) Resources. This accounts for at least two or three of the 10 am hearing speakers and maybe one […]

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As Sharon says, however, this refers to Colorado and New Mexico, and not Ft. Worth, which missed its own deadline to release its massive study of gas air pollution Wednesday in favor of a roll-out Thursday Noon. When it does go up, it should be accessible by way of this website. The Colo. and NM […]

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Yesterday, the Keller ozone monitor recorded an 8-hour average of 90ppb. It became the monitor’s fourth-highest reading for the summer, and thus, its “design value” in TCEQ jargon – the reading that sticks and becomes the measuring stick for progress toward getting below the 1997 federal standard of 85 ppb. And we’re not doing so […]

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According to TCEQ’s ozone forecast, DFW is going to be having another bad air day today. Light winds out of the south-southeast, high temperatures, and a state agency intent on not going out of its way to achieve better air quality might all conspire to bring another wave of monitor “exceedences.” If one of those […]

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“Environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism than previously assumed and, surprisingly, an even larger role than genetics, according to a new study out of UCSF and Stanford that could force a dramatic swing in the focus of research into the developmental disorder.”

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In preparation for next week’s public unveiling of its proposed DFW clean air plan, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has scheduled a last-minute, out-of-nowhere, meeting for this Thursday, July 7th, of something called the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Photochemical Modeling Technical Committee. This is a CYA development on TCEQ’s part to legitmize the switching of […]

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Maybe we missed this item the first time, because The Star-Telegram’s Mike Norman mentions it in passing as an old news item from last October in his most recent column, but apparently the firm performing the giant “Ft. Worth Study” of the city’s gas facilities “found leaks at 68 percent of the sites tested. They […]

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