Clean Air Journal

Update on Alabama Power’s Discriminatory ‘Sun Tax’

Update on Alabama Power’s Discriminatory ‘Sun Tax’

This week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) declined to initiate an enforcement action against the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) over Alabama Power's unjust anti-solar fees. The decision not to act clears the way for a lawsuit against the PSC...

Meet Riley Yager, Spring 2021 Community Science Intern

Meet Riley Yager, Spring 2021 Community Science Intern

GASP: What is your major at and why did you choose it? Riley Yager: I am currently working on my PhD in physics and I received a bachelors in civil engineering and a bachelors in physics in May 2020.  I chose these degrees because I wanted to go into a field where I...

Meet Jossy, Spring 2021 Climate Change Intern

Meet Jossy, Spring 2021 Climate Change Intern

GASP: Where do you go to high school?  Jossy: I am a sophomore in the math/science department at The Alabama School of Fine Arts. GASP: What do you hope to do after you graduate? Jossy: After I graduate I hope to attend an HBCU, majoring in political science, Spanish,...

What is the Green New Deal anyway?

What is the Green New Deal anyway?

Modeled after FDR’s Depression-era New Deal, the Green New Deal is a bold and equitable vision to create millions of high-paying jobs while developing a new, clean energy economy.

Almost 9 Million Deaths Caused by Fossil Fuel Pollution

Almost 9 Million Deaths Caused by Fossil Fuel Pollution

New research from Harvard University found that deaths from fossil fuel emissions are significantly higher than previous estimates. In 2018, more than 8 million people died from the pollution caused by coal, oil, gas, and other fossil fuels. That accounts for nearly 1-in-5 of all deaths worldwide. Prior research put the number at a little over 4 million deaths per year.

Dust from Demolition Projects is Air Pollution

Dust from Demolition Projects is Air Pollution

No, all that dust everywhere isn’t just something you have to deal with when there’s a demolition project near you. Have you ever lived or worked near a large demolition project? Do you see the dust hovering in the air, maybe over your home or business or your car as...

Reflections on 2020: Hope, Empathy, and Courage

Reflections on 2020: Hope, Empathy, and Courage

“Hope is your superpower. Don’t let anybody or anything make you hopeless. Hope is the enemy of injustice. Hope is what will get you to stand up when people tell you to sit down.” —Bryan Stevenson “Had Harriet Tubman compared the 70 slaves she freed to 4 million...

The Importance of Telling the Whole Story

The Importance of Telling the Whole Story

When I call my parents in Virginia or my college friends in Chicago, they always want to hear about my work with GASP. “How’s your internship going?” “Tell me about what you do!” I get really excited about the opportunity to talk to them about environmental social...

Meet Katie Mesa, Fall Intern (Wheaton College)

Meet Katie Mesa, Fall Intern (Wheaton College)

What is your major at and why did you choose it? I am majoring in environmental science with minors in math and Spanish at Wheaton College. I chose to major in environmental science because of its intersectionality with other fields and because of my passion for...

Meet Ugo Ejidoh, Fall MPH Intern (UAB)

Meet Ugo Ejidoh, Fall MPH Intern (UAB)

What is your major at and why did you choose it?  My major is in public health, and I have chosen it because of the growing concerns regarding global environmental issues and disease epidemics. Let me also add that I am a Nigerian trained pharmacist. I have realized...

Our Brains, Air Pollution and Hurricanes

Our Brains, Air Pollution and Hurricanes

After a morning of protesting Governor Ivey’s inaction on the contaminated 35th Ave Site in North Birmingham, we sped down I-65 towards home. As we drove, we talked about how well the protest had gone and wondered if our representatives would get it, how could they...

Meet Erin Rhodes, Fall Intern

Meet Erin Rhodes, Fall Intern

Erin has moved to Birmingham for the semester to volunteer with GASP as an Environmental Justice Intern through Wheaton College's Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) program. Welcome to Birmingham, Erin! What is your major and why did you choose it?I study...

Fine Particulate Matter and Cardiovascular Disease

Fine Particulate Matter and Cardiovascular Disease

While we are all understandably focused on deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), it is worth remembering that the number one cause of mortality in this country is cardiovascular disease. Those who suffer from cardiovascular disease are at a particularly...

BREAKING: PSC Grants Request to Refund $100M to Customers

BREAKING: PSC Grants Request to Refund $100M to Customers

On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, GASP and 12 other organizations, led by Daniel Tait at Energy Alabama, petitioned the Alabama Public Service Commission to provide some relief to Alabamians struggling with ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19. We sent a letter urging the...

COVID-19 and Environmental Justice:  A Call to Action

COVID-19 and Environmental Justice: A Call to Action

Community-Based, Environmental and Civil Rights Activists Across Country Issue Statement and Unified Demands Racial Inequalities Laid Bare by COVID-19 Pandemic and Response Require Effective Action to Address Race Discrimination and Segregation New York, NY — A broad...

Meet Yahn Olson, Summer Legal Intern

Meet Yahn Olson, Summer Legal Intern

What is your major at Samford and why did you choose it? I majored in History at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle and went to Samford for law school. I have always wanted to be an attorney. What do you hope to do after you graduate? Once I graduate I plan on...