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Trump EPA Doing Something to Actually REDUCE Pollution from Trucks

, senior vehicles analyst

Today, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to set more stringent pollution standards on heavy-duty trucks. This follows up on the 2018 announcement of the administration’s “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” and represents the only step thus far the administration has made to actually, you know, do its job and reduce pollution.

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EPA Tried to Allow Dirtier Trucks Without Studying Whether That Would Be Bad for Health

, senior vehicles analyst

No, that’s not an Onion headline—a new report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) finds that Administrator Scott Pruitt tried to rush through a regulation which would allow the new sale of trucks that lack modern pollution controls without actually considering whether that would be, you know, a bad thing. The report is clear and consistent with an administration that seems hellbent on doing whatever it can to eliminate environmental safeguards, especially when it will benefit political cronies and/or special interests.

The investigation was sparked by Senators Tom Carper and Tom Udall, who requested that the EPA OIG  take a closer look at the rulemaking on glider trucks (aka #ZombieTrucks). What the EPA OIG found is damning.

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Do Renewables Lead to Increased Air Pollution from California Power Plants?

, Energy analyst

California is a national leader in the transition to clean electricity, but integrating all that renewable energy onto the grid is no easy feat. Critics of renewables have long claimed that adding variable renewables (such as wind and solar) to the grid would force fossil-fueled power plants to operate less efficiently, leading to an increase in air pollution emissions. And as states start to integrate more renewables, those claims have come back.

But is this argument true? Do renewables really lead to increased air pollution?

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Air Pollution Should be Monitored Using the Best Available Science: Meh, Says the EPA

, Research Analyst

Air pollution causes serious harm to our society – from coughing, to smog in the air, to a visit to the emergency room. And the only way to mitigate the threat of air pollution is to use the best available science and technology to measure it accurately. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to disagree. The agency has quietly finalized a rule that ignores its mission to protect human health and the environment by instead focusing on saving industry money.

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No, Natural Gas Power Plants Are Not Clean

, Energy analyst

You may have heard that natural gas is “clean.” Compared to coal, natural gas produces less global warming emissions and air pollution. But coal is just about the dirtiest way to produce electricity, so almost anything will seem cleaner in comparison. The fact of the matter is that natural gas power plants still produce a significant amount of air pollution, and that’s a problem.

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