Travel adventure: S.F. Bay to the Silver State and back via Interstate 80

Who doesn’t remember the late ’70s oil pinch? Those, too, were difficult days. I had been driving a late ’60s gas-guzzling, oil-burning, poor-example-of-an-automobile automobile. It, figuratively speaking, was a wreck. I used it to get to work and back, shopping and what-not in California’s San Francisco Bay Area where I was living and working at … Read more

Global warming, climate change: Major/minor disruptions/distractions, what?

The world Corona Virus Disease – 19 (COVID-19) pandemic is a disruption of major proportions to which there is no equal, not in this century, anyway. This infection has the potential to develop into one of the worst health crises because, at this moment in time, the disease continues to spread and there is still … Read more

In the wake of the corona virus outbreak broadcast news journalists could report from home instead

Air quality the world over right this very moment is in a world of hurt what with the corona virus outbreak and COVID-19’s continual spread and path of destruction the disease has wrought. Reported have been 8,000 COVID-19-caused deaths with people contracting the disease numbering in the hundreds of thousands. This is a pandemic that … Read more

It’s time to bear down when polluted air becomes too much to bear

There are many times in many places throughout the world where air is quite problematic. Air pollution, moreover, based on World Health Organization estimates has been named a contributing factor in 7 million annual premature deaths. It is by no means a pretty picture. It is common knowledge that one manifestation of a substantially warming … Read more

Gutting NEPA would silence voices, further harm air, so say eco-justice, environmentalist groups

The Trump administration’s move to undermine a foundational environmental protection would largely silence the public and expose low-income communities, tribal communities, and communities of color to a disproportionate amount of harmful pollution, according to a coalition of U.S. environmental justice and environmental groups. The leadership of the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform, which includes … Read more

In America, GHG emissions output lower despite driving activity increase

Generally speaking, American vehicle miles traveled (VMT) since the beginning of the industrial age, has followed an upward trajectory as has the growth in population. Global warming and/or climate change, meanwhile, like it or not and/or agree with it or not, are top-of-mind, front-and-center issues. While true, the fact of the matter is, neither construct … Read more

World’s cleanest diesel locomotives make California’s Central Valley their home

Imagine what it means for people to regularly have to breathe dirty, deleterious and deplorable air. San Joaquin Valley, California residents know all too well. It was better than a dozen years ago on Dec. 16, 2007 that The Fresno Bee’s comprehensive “Fighting For Air” air-quality report was published. In it, it was brought out … Read more

Carbon-free transportation subject of new report

Transportation is the largest source of global warming pollution in the U.S., making it climate enemy number one. Globally, America’s transportation system is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire economies of France and the United Kingdom combined. But a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group describes … Read more

Contesting U.S. Clean Car Standards is moot for sure if clean-vehicle platform is what’s in store

One source opines that makers of autos powered by internal combustion engines are has-beens and that electric vehicle manufacturers, in essence, will not just one day, but also, soon be the dominant players in the industry. “Here’s a staggering stat that should tell you which way the wind is blowing: Tesla is valued at more … Read more

In air: More than pollution and meets the eye and what to do about it

Among a cohort or cohorts there is this sense, an opinion, that whether carbon dioxide is introduced into the atmosphere naturally or is the result of such being released through the burning of fossil fuels like oil, natural gas or coal, CO2 isn’t air pollution – at all. Then there, of course, are those who … Read more