• Up in the Air

    Fire Safety, Politics and the Environment

    • ASTM D7673 Standard for Halon 1211 Now Published
    • December 16, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    After nearly a year of work, the ASTM subcommittee for fire extinguishing agents (D 26.09) has published a brand-new standard for Halon 1211 - the streaming fire extinguishing agent used to charge portable fire extinguishers for certain critical-use applications, such as aircraft.

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    • Greenhouse Gas Reporting
    • December 13, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    We know this is “old news” but we thought we should double-check in case you missed it the first time…

     

    On October 30, 2009 the EPA issued a rule on reporting for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US. If you import or export fluorocarbon f ...

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    • McConnell Says No Cap-and-Trade
    • November 08, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    In a Wall Stree Journal video interview, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) says that with the recent gains by repblicans in the US Legislature, there may be a way to move forward on energy and climate in cooperation with President Obama and the Democrats.

     

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    • California's Prop 23 Against the Ropes
    • October 25, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    According to the latest polling data, Prop. 23 (California's ballot initiative that would severely curtail the state's landmark law regulating greenhouse gas emissions) is unlikely to pass by an 11 point spread.

     

    The

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    • Waxman Solicits Aid of US Chamber for Climate, Energy
    • October 22, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the US Chamber of Commerce to work together with lawmakers to create energy and climate legislation that has a chance of becoming law.

     

    In an

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    • Global Warming Solutions Act - Calif. AB 32
    • September 24, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (California AB 32), signed into law in 2006, mandates that California's greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

     

    In the current election cycle, California's Proposition 23 calls for the suspen ...

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    • Murkowski Resolution Defeated
    • June 11, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) resolution to stop the EPA from imposing penalties on large emitters of greenhouse gases was defeated yesterday in the Senate, 47 - 53.

     

    The resolution enjoyed the support of all Republican senators and 6 Democratic senators. ...

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    • Senate Vote to Curb EPA on Carbon
    • June 09, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    On Thursday the US Senate will vote on a bill put forth by Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to quash the authority of the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act -

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    • Why You Need To Join HARC
    • June 03, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Reprised from Oct. 11, 2009


    The Halon Alternatives Research Corporation (HARC) was formed in 1989, around the same time the Montreal Protocol was ratified. HARC is a private, not-for-profit corporation functioning as a trade association. Concerned members of v ...

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    • NAS Report Adds Heat to Warming Debate
    • May 20, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    On Wednesday, May 19, the National Academy of Sciences, responding to a 2008 congressional request, issued a report entitled America's Climate Choices, in three parts:

     

    - Advancing the Science of Climate Change    

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    • United 757 Lands After Serious Cockpit Fire Extinguished
    • May 20, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Late Sunday night, May 16, a Boeing 757 bound from New York to Los Angeles diverted to Washington Dulles after a fire was reported in the cockpit approximately 30 minutes into the flight.

     

    Passengers were

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    • HFC Reductions Intact: Climate Bill Rollout on Wednesday
    • May 11, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    It has been announced that the current version of the Senate Climate and Energy bill will be unveiled tomorrow.

     

    It is predicted that the bill will contain sections similar to earlier versions of congressional legislation which would reduce production allowances ...

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