As you might have already heard, last week the EPA announced it was rejecting Texas' proposed rapid-response,140-year plan for restoring air quality and visibility in National Parks affected by pollution from the state's largest industrial facilities, primarily coal-fired power plants, aka, "the haze rule." Instead, the EPA decided to implement its own, slightly more decisive…

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"agitator" noun ag·i·ta·tor \ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tər\ Definition of agitator     •  a person who urges others to protest or rebel.     •  a device for stirring or shaking something. For a long time now, Downwinders has used its end-of-the-year gatherings to recognize special accomplishments among is board members. One of these recognitions is almost as old as…

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(Dallas)— “Help Us: We Live in Texas.” That’s the plea of a video released today by a local clean air group claiming the state has so intentionally sabotaged Dallas-Fort Worth anti-smog efforts that residents now need EPA to take over the job. “Texas is as likely to enforce the Clean Air Act in 2015 as…

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In late November, a new report by Goldman Sachs came out predicitng “New wind turbines and solar panels worldwide will provide more energy over the next five years than U.S. shale-oil production has over the past five." “The leading renewable-energy technologies will add the equivalent of 6.2 million barrels of oil a day to the global…

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Long term exposure to small particulate pollution from combustion sources, specifically coal-fired power plants, is up to five time more likely to kill you through heart damage than other forms of natural or human-made "PM." That's the conclusion of new comprehensive study comparing risks from breathing-in the tiniest specs of soot from combustion sources for…

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