• Up in the Air

    Fire Safety, Politics and the Environment

    • 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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    • Parties to Montreal Protocol to Weigh HFC Reduction
    • May 06, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Efforts are afoot to amend the Montreal Protocol to limit the production of hydrofluorocarbons, which include the common clean agent fire suppresants HFC-227ea & HFC-236fa (or as the DuPont products are known - FM-200 & FE-36). Also known as

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    • Climate Bill on Hold Pending Immigration Reform
    • April 26, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    The Kerry-Graham-Lieberman Senate climate bill is on hold for the time being and faces an uncertain future.

     

    As the Democratic leadership in both the House and the Senate re-hash their legislative priorities concerning immigration reform and banking overhaul, to ...

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    • ...Cap-and-Dividend
    • April 22, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    First we had Waxman-Markey, then Boxer-Kerry, then Kerry-Graham-Liebermann, and now Cantwell-Collins? What's going on?

     

    Since we’re biding our time waiting until Monday’s release of details on the Kerry-Graham-Liebermann senate climate bill, ...

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    • Two Views of Cap-and-Trade
    • April 19, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Cap-and-Trade is a method of controlling carbon emissions that has been put forward in recent climate legislation from both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.

     

    As with everything, there are two sides of the story. Check out the two videos below w ...

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    • New Climate Bill to be Unveiled April 26
    • April 16, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    As widely reported in the media today, the Senate's Kerry-Graham-Liebermann climate bill will be brought forward on Monday, April 26, a few days later than previously planned.

     

    The New York Times

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