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EPA Administrator Declares War on Coal on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher'
Those who appear on HBO never need to mince words, especially not on Real Time with Bill Maher. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy refused to tiptoe in describing what her announcement of the president's emissions proposal and goals really meant.
"[The] EPA is all about fighting against pollution and fighting for public health," she said. "That's exactly what this is."
Environmental advocates should be mindful that McCarthy made this statement on the same day that the Obama administration announced its first step in selling offshore oil and gas leases that would allow companies to explore the nation’s waters for energy sources. That announcement signaled that the "all-of-the-above" stance on energy remains alive, along with the downsides of dirty oil and gas.
Still, McCarthy waging war on coal, coupled with Obama's rousing commencement speech for the University of California, Irvine's graduation, made for a nice weekend of climate awareness from federal officials. To that, we can only respond like the giddy Maher did following McCarthy's affirmation: "Oh, great!"
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'No Safe Level of Air Pollution': Major Study Links Cardiac Arrests With Fine Particulate Matter Exposure
Researchers now say there is "no safe level" of air pollution exposure after a large-scale study found a correlation between exposure to fine particle matter, known as PM2.5, and cardiac arrests, according to the The Sydney Morning Herald.
Respecting scientists has never been a priority for the Trump Administration. Now, a new investigation from The Guardian revealed that Department of the Interior political appointees sought to play up carbon emissions from California's wildfires while hiding emissions from fossil fuels as a way to encourage more logging in the national forests controlled by the Interior department.