In the interest of helping improve air, should transit service be made free?

There are transit systems and then there are transit systems. Take, for example, the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar system. For Feb. 2019 ridership was 24,708. This compares to the Kansas City, Missouri’s average 175,150 riders per month tally for its system in 2018. Could the difference in the number of monthly boardings between the two … Read more

U.S. energy consumption from 1950 to 2017 and the carbon connection

Energy use or consumption in the United States, when you think about it, how many people give this any serious thought? It’s not conversation that typically comes up at dinner time. But, this doesn’t mean the subject isn’t important. It’s good to take a look at American energy consumption from time to time just to … Read more

Pilot project brings cleaner energy to homes in CenCal’s rural communities

The below December 13, 2018 press release is from The Greenlining Institute. Today [Dec. 13, 2018] the California Public Utilities Commission approved a series of pilot projects to bring long-overdue relief to rural communities lacking natural gas service, providing residents with cleaner and healthier alternatives for heating and cooking, as well as home weatherization. The … Read more

Protecting San Joaquin Valley farmland essential: Study

The below July 25, 2018 press release is from the American Farmland Trust. Today [Jul. 25, 2018], American Farmland Trust, in partnership with the Conservation Biology Institute, released a report that identifies the most critical farmland and water supplies to protect in the San Joaquin Valley. Based on the findings of the report, “San Joaquin … Read more

CAA authority to stop climate change would be gutted with carbon dividend bill passage

The below Jan. 25, 2019 press release is from the Center for Biological Diversity. Legislation introduced Thursday [Jan. 24, 2019] by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate and address greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and mobile sources like cars, trains and airplanes … Read more

Cal-fed settlement with Fiat Chrysler over alleged illegal ‘defeat-device-software’ use reached

The below Jan. 10, 2019 news release is from the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), together with the United States Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency, announced today [Jan. 10, 2019] a joint settlement valued at more than $500 million with Fiat Chrysler … Read more

100k-year cycles, temperature swings and GHG rises: What does it all mean?

The last ice age, according to what I have learned, ended approximately 11,000 years ago. An ice age, eh? I can only imagine what living during this time must have been like. Ice ages come and go, and with the in-between times known as the Interglacial periods, they lasted some 100,000 years, data show. There is evidence … Read more

Environmental change: Implications for humans going forward

In the mid-1980s when I was doing Master’s thesis work, I obtained a Cal Poly college catalog for the years 1984-’86. My research was all about the program I enrolled in when I attended said university located in San Luis Obispo in California, between Sept. 1973 and Mar. 1976 – Engineering Technology. Interestingly, and quite … Read more

Greenhouse-gases reduction: A work in progress

Much painstaking work has been initiated to limit fossil-fuel burning so as to reduce the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases and therefore prevent any further related fallout. A complete moratorium on the burning of fossil fuels is the ideal. Being that this is not likely to happen anytime soon, it is, however, important to keep … Read more