One of the most effective ways of creating change is direct advocacy, which begins with education. Here you will find tools to help you become an informed advocate for cleaner, healthier air. Once you’re up to speed on the issues affecting our air quality, why not take action? Click here active campaigns you can utilize today.
Dirty Deception: How the Wood Biomass Industry Skirts the Clean Air Act
A booming new industry that cuts down forests in the Southern United States to generate electricity in Europe, under the false pretense that burning wood pellets is carbon neutral, releases vast amounts of dangerous and illegal air pollution, according to this report by the Environmental Integrity Project. To read more about the report, click here, or download a PDF of the report here.
An Analysis of Utility Network Use Charges for Rooftop Solar: What’s Fair?
Date: March 2016
This policy white paper, titled “An Analysis of Utility Network Use Charges for Rooftop Solar: What’s Fair?” tackles the challenging-but-important topic of how utility companies use punitive fines as a barrier to entry for residential electricity customers. Download the report. Read the report.
2018 State of the Air Report
Date: May 2018
The American Lung Association’s State of the Air report is released each spring. The report grades metro regions on measures of air quality, including high-ozone days and particulate pollution. Unsurprisingly, the Birmingham, Ala. metro area tends to score poorly every year. Click here to check out ALA’s report and tools.
Left in the Dark
Date: March 2015
This report was put together by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) for GASP, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. It details how the Alabama Public Service Commission makes Alabama ratepayers pay billions of dollars for Alabama Power’s investments without any real and meaningful participation. Download the report.
Public Utility Regulation Without the Public
Date: March 2013
This report was commissioned by Arise Citizens’ Policy Project and produced by David Schlissel and Anna Sommer, energy experts with The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. It looks at the regulatory climate that allows Alabama Power to take in higher-than-normal profit margins while customers pay some of the highest electricity bills in the nation. Click here to download the report.
Unchecked Power Means Unreasonable Bills for Alabamians
Date: May 2013
This two-page fact sheet summarizes the findings in the report, “Public Utility Regulation Without the Public.” It contains background information, charts about return on equity and relative power bills, why this matters, and suggestions for how to fix the problem. This is useful for understanding the informal hearings that took place in 2013 at the Alabama Public Service Commission and why many advocate for greater transparency — as well as how this affects our air, health, and economy. Click here to download the fact sheet.
The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act
Date: April 2007
This handy guide from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) walks you through the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) — the most recent version of the 1970 law that sought to improve air quality across the United States. Download this guide and inform yourself about the provisions of the CAA and how it affects your community. Visit the EPA’s website for a broken down version of the guide and other important information about pollution standards. Click here to download the guide.
The Proof is in the Permit
Date: June 2000
This helpful EPA guide details “how to make sure a facility in your community gets an effective Title V Air Pollution Permit.” GASP uses this guide to help inform ourselves and our members on how to advocate for strong air pollution permits in our communities. Click here to download the guide.