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Mexico City temporarily restricts all cars after smog alert

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Metropolitan authorities on Wednesday temporarily ordered all cars to remain idle one day a week in response to this notoriously smoggy capital’s worst air-quality crisis in over a decade. Until now vehicles have been exempt from Mexico City’s “no circulation” rules if owners obtain a holographic sticker from a smog-check center certifying them as lower-emission. But ...

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Editorial: Lifting crude-oil export ban would help Big Oil, hurt the rest of us

In 1975, after the country was shaken by the Arab oil embargo, Congress passed a ban on exporting crude oil from the United States. The motivation was to promote domestic fuel production and efficiency and to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign resources. Forty years later, we’re still working toward these goals. And we’re also trying to slash greenhouse-gas emissions, which ...

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DEP approves air quality permit for power plant

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday its approval of an air quality permit for a proposed 1050-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Salem Township Moxie Energy LLC intends to build the $800-million Moxie Freedom facility on a 150-acre parcel in an industrial zone on Mingle Inn Road, off U.S. Route 11. DEP needed assurance emissions from the plant ...

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EPA to tighten air quality standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed stricter air quality standards that will protect the most vulnerable groups of the population — children, the elderly and people with asthma. Though Victoria was out of compliance with ozone pollution standards in the late ’70s, the county now has one of the lowest levels of the smog-causing pollutant in the state. Yet, the ...

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Up in Flames

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John Tedesco & Jennifer Hiller | San Antonio Express-News The energy boom that transformed South Texas into an economic powerhouse also has created a prolific source of air pollution and wasted natural gas. A yearlong investigation by the San Antonio Express-News shows that gas flares spreading across the Eagle Ford Shale are burning and wasting billions of cubic feet of natural ...

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Questions to EPA on Eagle Ford air quality met with incompetence

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ InsideClimate News has been reporting on the issue of air quality in South Texas’ Eagle Ford region for some time, but five months of their requests for an interview with an Environmental Protection Agency official were delayed and eventually refused. Jim Morris and Lisa Song report: On our 11 trips to Texas we encountered many residents who asked ...

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CU-Boulder, NCAR awarded $1.5 million EPA grant to study cooking pollution

Sarah Kuta | The Boulder Daily Camera Researchers at the University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research plan to measure pollution caused by residential cooking with a new $1.5 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Exposure to cookstove emissions ranks as one of the top overall health risk factors in developing countries, according to a news ...

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Green Party hoping influence grows in Texas

By John W. Gonzalez | San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — With U.S. Senate candidate Emily “Spicybrown” Sanchez of Del Rio at the top of its ticket, the Green Party of Texas will field a large slate of statewide candidates and numerous local contenders in November’s general election. It’s the party’s largest presence ever on Texas ballots, with 49 candidates across the ...

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Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel-cell car makes U.S. debut

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California motorist drove off the lot of a Hyundai Motor Co dealership on Tuesday in a zero-emissions car touted by the automaker as marking the commercial debut of mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the United States. State energy and air-quality officials hailed the occasion in Tustin, California, about 35 miles (56 ...

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