Federal Roundup for March 6

Federal Roundup for March 6

Wondering what’s been going on since I blogged about the most recent updates two weeks ago? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This is the latest installment in our series on federal executive and legislative actions. Several new developments have cropped up and we have new updates.

New Developments
January 30
Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (E.O. 13771)

President Trump signed this Executive Order that aims to offset the number and cost of new regulations. It says, “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination.” Many have pointed out …

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Coosa Riverkeeper Introduces New Fish Guide, Toll-Free Fish Advisory Hotline

Coosa Riverkeeper Introduces New Fish Guide, Toll-Free Fish Advisory Hotline

The Alabama Department of Public Health issues fish advisories for contaminants like methylmercury and PCBs — which are toxins hazardous to human health. ADPH also makes recommendations about portion size and frequency of fish consumed in specific waterbodies.

When our friends at Coosa Riverkeeper interviewed more than 125+ fishers, they found some startling results. Nearly half of the Coosa fishers didn’t know about the 34 fish advisories ADPH issues last year for polychlorinated biphynels (PCBs) and methylmercury — or how exposure to those pollutants affect their health.

In response, Coosa Riverkeeper released its new Fish Guide this week, which now includes …

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The Truth About Rep. Gary Palmer’s Anti-EPA Bill

The Truth About Rep. Gary Palmer’s Anti-EPA Bill

BACKGROUND.

Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-6) introduced H.R. 637 in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 24, 2017. The stated purpose of the bill is “to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from exceeding its statutory authority in ways that were not contemplated by the Congress.”

We are urging our supporters to add your name to this petition opposing this bill. We feel that if we work together, we can find better way to address concerns about regulations while still protecting public health and addressing greenhouse gases. We will attempt to share this …

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My Experience at the Women’s March in Birmingham

My Experience at the Women’s March in Birmingham

When we were asked if Gasp would participate in the Women’s March in Birmingham, we enthusiastically agreed. The March stands for principles Gasp absolutely supports. Plus, it would be great to set up a table and spread the word about healthy air and clean energy to the, ahem, few hundred folks expected.

The March was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. When I arrived at Kelly Ingram park at 12:15, people were already congregating and milling around. By 1:30, the park was packed and we were …

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Alternative Facts: Air Pollution, Climate Change & Health

Alternative Facts: Air Pollution, Climate Change & Health

This past Sunday, a Meet the Press interview featuring Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway went viral after she coined the phrase “alternative facts.” I couldn’t help but chuckle when I heard this euphemism coming out of the new White House. (I also cringed at the Orwellian undertones. But that’s a topic for a book club.)

WATCH: Kellyanne Conway defends WH press secretary's "alternative facts." #MTP pic.twitter.com/q4PVzhpA1g

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017

Here’s the deal: Gasp is a nonpartisan, apolitical advocacy organization. We just want healthy air for …

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Help Gasp by Switching to Clean Energy Today

Gasp is excited to share some truly sunny 🌞 news with you: we are partnering with Arcadia Power — the first company to offer a nationwide community solar program —to give you a simple way to switch to solar at home.

The way it works is you purchase a one-time subscription to a panel(s) from one of Arcadia Power’s solar projects across the country. From there, they track the production from your exact panel and automatically credit your utility bill with the savings. Your investment in community solar pays for itself over time — …

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5 Steps to Getting Started with Solar

5 Steps to Getting Started with Solar

We get this question quite a bit. Yes, we’re a solar company, and yes, we’re in what seems like a solar-wilderness being in the deep South. But, it is a legitimate question. So, let’s make this simple:

(If you’re curious if solar is illegal or allowed by the power company, or if it will last very long, or if our climate even works for solar, you should look at this article as well!)

1. Do you have good sun exposure?

One of the first considerations has to be if you will …

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REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

Today the 115th Congress convened in Washington. Experts and policy wonks anticipate that the House of Representatives is likely to pass H.R. 427, “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017” — better known as the REINS Act.

This bill passed the house last July, but never made progress in the Senate. However, President-Elect Donald Trump supports the REINS Act, and with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, we have never been closer to the REINS Act becoming law.

Put simply, the REINS …

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Tell Your Senator to Vote Yes on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Tell Your Senator to Vote Yes on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Earlier this month, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to shift America to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The goal of this resolution is to help consumers, support the economy and national security and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

The average temperature on Earth “has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years,” according to the EPA. This could lead to catastrophic …

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Gasp Joins 120+ Organizations in Letter to President-Elect Trump, Congress

Gasp Joins 120+ Organizations in Letter to President-Elect Trump, Congress

DEAR PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP & CONGRESS,

Communities here at home and around the world are reeling from more extreme and unpredictable weather events, sustained drought, dramatic floods, and unprecedented wildfires. While we will all be impacted, it is the poorest and most vulnerable among us who stand to lose the most. The climate crisis is undeniably here, now.

World leaders recognize the gravity of this challenge. In an unprecedented act of global unity and leadership more than 190 countries joined together in Paris last year to take action …

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