eMission control – Focus: Roadways

Does America have enough roadway lane miles or do we need more? Since the question is a ‘two-parter,’ firstly, YES and secondly, NO. In America Revealed, Episode 2: “NATION ON THE MOVE,” a Public Broadcasting System broadcast, mentioned is that total American road mileage is four-million. A person cannot tell much from that number alone. One … Read more

Cutting transportation emissions – Seriously? Action speaks louder than words

California has the nation’s worst air. That fact should be an eye-opener. Moreover, knowing this, serious effort should be prompted to clean it up. More on this in a moment. My position is: since the majority of pollutants come from transportation, that sector should be getting anything but short shrift when it comes to finding … Read more

Air pollution: The enormity of it all

The sources for air pollution are several: Agricultural Commercial (Business) Construction (and Demolition) Energy Production Industrial (and Dredging, Drilling, Excavating and Mining) Natural Residential Transportation Other And the sources there are fit two groups: mobile and stationary. That’s the easy part. The difficulty is in trying to find clean-up solutions that work and can be … Read more

Cutting-edge transportation: Effective emissions-reductions approaches

A colleague and I go around and around over what type of transportation system is better at reducing emissions. In the automotive realm, indeed significant strides have been made. There are battery powered cars and hybrids already sharing space with other less-environmentally friendly types on the road. In the grand scheme of things, however, if there … Read more

An annual ‘National Healthy Air Awareness Day’? Nothing to lose save pollution

Living in California’s San Joaquin Valley, I can’t tell you how much I look forward to and appreciate an exceptionally clear day. On days like this the majestic and towering Sierra Nevada Mountains can be seen from miles away as can the Coast Range flanking the west. Worth its weight in gold is this sight to behold. More than that the … Read more

High price of breathing polluted air: Energy production and transportation in the cross hairs

In America in 2012, according to the American Lung Association (ALA), the good news is the air in much of the country has gotten cleaner. Credit improvement to Clean Air Act standards. The not-so-good news, on the other hand, is that since the ALA released its first State of the Air report in 2000, in other places polluted air … Read more

And you thought you had a bad-air day – Part 2: Lessons from the past

Progress, quality-of-life and standard-of-living matters are front and center in Part 1. In this, the second – and last – installment of this two-part air-quality series, I am going back in time – figuratively speaking, of course – to find reasons on how, when and maybe why this whole air pollution dilemma came to be. … Read more

Conferees fail to reach consensus at San Joaquin Valley clean air workshop

Nothing like a lively debate to get the heart racing and blood pumping. On November 7th, I attended a Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) public workshop for the county of Fresno in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The purpose of this gathering, attended by a hundred or so people, was to discuss and present ideas about how to shrink … Read more