Angela Johnson Meszaros is a staff attorney with the California regional office in Los Angeles, CA.
This is a guest blog by Irene Vilar. She is the founder of The Americas for Conservation and the Arts, the mother organization of The Americas Latino Festival and the first nonprofit literary agency in the U.S., Vilar Creative Agency, dedicated to the dissemination of minority literature of the Americas.
In the land of black gold, you either mine coal or you leave. Skylines have crumbled under the bombardment of mountaintop removal, and once-pristine springs have been turned to acid. Still, the coal machine barrels on in “Blood on the Mountain,” a 2014 documentary by Mari-Lynn C. Evans, Jordan Freeman and Phylis Geller.
The Clean Power Plan, the EPA’s safeguard to rein in carbon pollution from its largest domestic source, coal-fired power plants, has taken more than its share of criticism and attacks from the courts, Congress and industry since it was unveiled last year. But a recent study provides solid evidence in favor of the plan based on a large-scale project that successfully reduced carbon pollution and could be used as a reference and inspiration for state and regional efforts to comply with the Clean Power Plan.
I’m elated to tell you about a huge victory that will maintain protection for the roadless lands in the Tongass National Forest. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in a rare, 11-judge en banc court, ruled that Bush-era action exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Clinton-era Roadless Rule is invalid. Yesterday’s decision will ensure that the roadless portions of the Tongass—the largest and wildest national forest in the U.S.—will be protected from new road-building and logging.
California always seems to be on fire lately, not surprising given its hotter, drier weather. And the state’s not alone. Climate change means that many parts of the world are more susceptible to wildfires and, with less nearby water to staunch the flames, the job of firefighters is becoming increasingly difficult.
California is in a drought fever. Judging by the plethora of billboards, store ads and news articles popping up lately, the only way to break this fever is for average Californians to make sacrifices. The messages all suggest replacing grassy lawns with low-water plants, taking shorter showers and shunning the water-guzzling almond.
This is a guest blog by Ulises Alfaro, an EPA Universal-and North American Technical Excellence-certified HVAC technician who lives in Denver, Colorado. Every year in his industry, climate change creates very unusual weather patterns that make service seasons volatile.
As a heating and cooling professional working in Colorado, I have a passion for making people feel comfortable in their homes and a responsibility to help homeowners save money by maximizing efficiency in the heating and cooling of their homes.