Tuesday, May 30, 2006
The approval by the Federal Highway Administration was granted following extensive review of the project’s environmental impact study and public comments. AAEA presented testimony at one of the hearings. The Federal Highway Administration approved the State’s preferred alternative, Corridor 1, which is a six-lane controlled-access highway that is the southern of the two proposed corridors.
Monday, May 29, 2006
The Senate just passed immigration legislation. Now the House needs to help solve this problem before the elections recess. Let's put a Statue of Liberty on the U.S./Mexico border and huge processing facilities to manage legal immigration and guest workers. Mexican Americans and Mexicans are vital to our vibrant sustainable economy. In order to maximize the environmental benefits of their pursuits of the American and Mexican dreams, we need a predictable process that will be positive for everyone. Does anyone know why NAFTA didn't solve this problem?
We are probably as hypocritical as many politicians on the issue of war. However, we reject the notion of supporting the troops but opposing the war. That is disingenuous. If you oppose the war then oppose our men and women fighting there. Straddling the fence is a spineless cop out. Yet from a purely environmental standpoint, war is environmentally damaging. We must do everything we can to prevent it because it is insanity. But just as we were pulled into the insanity of World War II, we prevailed in Germany and Japan and assisted them after the war. We believe the U.S. has the best intentions for the Iraqi people and will do everything in our power to assist them in achieving peace and prosperity. Hopefully, the end result will be a highly efficient and sustanable environment. War, like disease and death, is from the Devil. We simply have to do the best we can while living in his world. We wish President Bush good luck as he does the best that he humanly can to address terrorism.
Having reaped what we hope you sowed, you cannot let down or your good works will be overrun by the relentless march of weeds and clover. Although clover is an excellent nitrogen reforming natural fertilizer, it will also take over if left unchecked. Its root network makes it a constant interloper, so remember to pull the root as much as possible. The pulled weeds also make a good natural fertilizer for the trees. And after building up a foot or two of discarded weeds and grass, it takes less decorative mulch to provide adequate nutrition around the base of the tree. Don't forget to apply some limestone (calcium carbonate) sometime before adding the decorative mulch.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Mrs. Bowlding's book, ‘‘Living in Autumn While Preparing for Spring: The Journey Towards Marriage,” is featured in the Prince Georges Gazette. Read the book. Get married. Raise children. Work hard. Improve our community.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
President Bush reiterated his revolutionary energy and environmental agenda, The Advanced Energy Initiative, at the Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. It is also interesting that while former Vice President Al Gore is making movies about climate change, he never convinced his boss in 8 years to come close to proposing the visionary policies and programs being promoted by the Bush adminstration.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
AAEA Preaident Norris McDonald recently met with Dennis R. Spurgeon (left), Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington DC. The two-hour meeting included other environmental groups: Greenpeace, NRDC, Public Citizen, Union of Concerned Scientists and others. Assistant Secretary Spurgeon appeared to thoroughly enjoy the sometimes spirited discussion. AAEA was the only group supporting the program, which led to some interesting exchanges with our recalcitrant enviro colleagues.
Update: The House approved $120 million for GNEP on May24, 2006, less than
half of the $250 million requested by the Bush administration.
Update: 8-3-06 DOE announced $20 million to conduct detailed siting studies for public or commercial entities interested in hosting the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership facilities. Entities may qualify to receive up to $5 million per site.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
At least 1 % of the nation's trucked gross national product (GNP) crosses the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The twice per day bumper-to-bumper bottlenecks increase air pollution, reduce parental time with children, and inhibit efficient business activities. Fortunately, the bridge is designed to handle mass transit, interstate and local traffic, pedestrian and bike lanes. Combined with the improvements at the Springfield "Mixing Bowl," the congestion should be significantly relieved.
We wish The Washington Post would report the news instead of fashioning news according to its own view, which appears to be overly influenced by partisan, mainstream environmental groups. The most recent example of this is a quote from an article today entitled, Justices to Hear Environmental Appeal on EPA Emissions Rule: "Lightening the industry's environmental load was a key component of the administration policy adopted by Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001." The decades-in-and-decades-out litigation dance of the mainstream environmental groups against EPA and EPA against the utilites does not lead to technological retrofits. It simply leads to more litigation, which does nothing to clean the air. The appeal by Environmental Defense will be heard by the Supreme Court and they might prevail in their insistence on implementing the ineffective New Source Review air regulation, but it will not lead to clean air. And this is ashamed since the Clear Skies Initiative was based on emissions trading concepts developed by Environmental Defense.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
SRE has already completed construction of the 50 megawatt Kumeyaay Wind Power Project in San Diego, California and is about to complete a 90 megawatt project in New Mexico. It is estimated that the Texas project will prevent the following emissions: 9 million pounds of sulfur dioxide, 4 million pounds of nitrogen oxide and 1.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide.
Friday, May 12, 2006
CFC use is being ended in accordance with the Montreal Protocol, a global treaty intended to save the upper atmosphere's ozone layer, which protects humans and the Earth from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from the Sun. The main suppliers of asthma inhalers are: GlaxoSmith-Kline (Ventolin brand), Schering-Plough (Proventil & Warrick generic brand - - pictured above). 3M will manufacturer the new ozone friendly inhalers for Schering-Plough. Armstrong Pharmaceuticals and Ivax (recently acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Indistries) also produce inhalers.
AAEA was also the ONLY environmental group in the country to support the Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement. The first 6-lane span will be dedicated on May 18th. We already know we will not be recognized because we have not been credited to date, even though the project issues periodic newsletters that include environmental articles. AAEA organized community support, generated publicity in the media, and testified at environmental impact statement (EIS) hearings to assure construction of the 12-Lane Woodrow Wilson replacement. At least 1 % of the nation's trucked gross national product (GNP) crosses the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Again, enthusiasm for our early support and completely ignored now.
And just above the bridge replacement is the $2 billion National Harbor Projrect. The Sierra Club vilified us and publicly challenged our credibility because of our support for the project before they eventually decided to support it at the 11th hour. Their litigation almost derailed the project. Now they get quoted in the newspapers and at events about the project while you would never know that AAEA was the principle environmental group supporting the project.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Chavez plans to raise $1 billion in revenue per year by imposing a new tax on companies extracting oil from Venezuela. Companies affected include Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Total, BP PLC and Norway's Statoil ASA. Chavez and Morales believe the oil companies have been exploiting their countries' vast oil and gas reserves. Of course, they could not have developed these resources without the big oil companies. The U.S. gets about 15 percent of its oil imports from Venezuela.
Friday, May 05, 2006
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Wednesday, May 03, 2006
AAEA, like USAID, also supports using a rotational mix of pesticides in addition to DDT because mosquitoes can become resistant. USAID plans to utilize DDT in Mozambique, Ethiopia and Zambia. South Africa has used DDT effectively in the eastern part of the country. The PMI is using pesticides other than DDT in Uganda, Angola and Tanzania. Hopefully Uganda will lift its ban on DDT. Namibia should also utilize the pesticide to eliminate malarial deaths. Mainstream environmental organization place more value on animal life than human lives in Africa regarding malaria and the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants ratified by 122 nations calls for elimination of DDT.
RFG is required by the Clean Air Act in large metropolitan areas with the greatest ozone pollution, but other areas may choose to use RFG to take advantage of its clean air benefits. Seventy-five million Americans across 17 states and the District of Columbia breathe cleaner air as a result of the program. EPA estimates that RFG reduces emissions of ozone-forming pollutants by 105,000 tons per year, the equivalent of eliminating the ozone pollution from 16 million cars. RFG also reduces toxic pollutants by about 24,000 tons per year, the equivalent of eliminating the toxic emissions from over 13 millionvehicles.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Litigants believe the administration analysis did not adequately consider the benefits of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) on the environment, gasoline consumption and global warming. California is the lead plaintiff. California passed a law in 2002 mandating reductions in carbon dioxide "emissions" beginning with model year 2009 for new cars and trucks sold in the state. It is the equivalent of a fuel economy program. Automakers filed a lawsuit to block California's new greenhouse gas regulation. The litigating states include: 1) California, 2) New York 3) Connecticut, 4) Main, 5) Massachusetts, 6) New Jersey, 7) New Mexico, 8) Oregon, 9) Rhode Island, 10) Vermont and the District of Columbia.
The programs work to improve health outcomes, such as reduced emergency room visits, improved quality of life, and fewer missed days of school or work. EPA will host the first National Asthma Forum in Washington, D.C., on May 22-23 to discuss the findings of the study and successful programs to serve as models for other community programs. Workshops will provide tools and resources to help participating communities achieve better health outcomes for theindividuals they serve. Information on asthma and EPA's Asthma Initiative and the report: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/ahop.html