Tag: Air Pollution

Psychology Around the Net: October 5, 2019

New Psychology Research Links Conservative Music, But Not Rebellious Music, to Maladaptive Personality Traits: According to new research published in Psychology of Music, intense and rebellious music genres — like heavy metal and rap — doesn’t seem to be linked to maladaptive personality traits; however, the research did show some “modest links” between certain other […]

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Trump Governs by Grudge in California

In 1961, at a news conference three years before he became the Republican presidential nominee, the right-wing Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, surveying the progressive tendencies of voters in New York and its neighbors, was moved to observe: “Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard […]

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Team Trump Threatens to Yank Billions in Fed Cash From California for Not Cutting Air Pollution—but Won’t Let the State Cut Air Pollution

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew WheelerPhoto: Win McNamee (Getty) Does Donald Trump want California to battle air pollution, or not? That’s a question lawmakers there likely have on their minds with the Trump administration’s latest salvo against the politically liberal state. Last week, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department revoked California’s right to set […]

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Trump Administration Threatens to Cut U.S. Highway Funds From California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The political war between California and the Trump administration escalated Monday with a letter from Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, warning that Washington would withhold federal highway funds from the state if it did […]

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California Sues the Trump Administration in Its Escalating War Over Auto Emissions

WASHINGTON — California and 23 other states on Friday filed suit against the Trump administration’s unprecedented legal reversal of the state’s authority to set its own rules on climate-warming tailpipe emissions. The lawsuit represents the starting gun in a sweeping legal battle over states’ rights and climate change that is likely be resolved only once […]

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Trump Muddies the Air

In announcing on Wednesday his determination to revoke California’s longstanding authority to set its own air pollution standards, President Trump finds himself arrayed against the plain language of the Clean Air Act, California’s historical role as a laboratory for tough new environmental rules and the express wishes of several major automakers and two-thirds of the […]

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Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President […]

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Justice Dept. Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Automakers’ Emissions Pact With California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The Justice Department has opened an antitrust inquiry into the four major automakers that struck a deal with California this year to reduce automobile emissions, according to people familiar with the matter, escalating a standoff between President Trump, California and […]

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White House Prepares to Revoke California’s Right to Set Tougher Pollution Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump is strongly considering a plan to revoke California’s legal authority to set state tailpipe pollution standards that are stricter than federal regulations, according to three people familiar with the matter. The potential challenge to California’s authority, […]

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Automakers, Rejecting Trump Pollution Rule, Strike a Deal With California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Four of the world’s largest automakers, including the Ford Motor Company, have struck a deal with California to reduce tailpipe pollution, in a blow to the Trump administration as it prepares to roll back national vehicle pollution standards […]

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Black Women Are Leaders in the Climate Movement

Before the first Democratic debate, I watched one of my favorite shows, MSNBC’s AM Joy, excited to see not one, but three people of color tapped to talk about climate change and how candidates were discussing it along the campaign trail. My heart dropped when Tiffany Cross, a guest commentator on the show, stated that […]

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24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The opposition to one of President Trump’s most consequential regulatory rollbacks — a plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles nationwide — widened on Tuesday when 24 governors, including three Republicans, urged the president to abandon his plan. The governors’ […]

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Trump’s Misleading Claims About His Environmental Record

President Trump made the case Monday that he has protected the nation’s air and water in a speech filled with cherry-picked statistics and misleading claims. And he failed to mention that his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord was undercutting efforts to address a fundamental threat to the planet. […]

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Judge Orders Madrid to Keep Fining Polluting Drivers

MADRID — A judge has intervened in a fierce political battle over who should be allowed to drive in Madrid, ordering the city’s new right-wing administration to continue fining people who take polluting vehicles into a restricted central zone. Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida had prompted street protests by suspending fines against those who drive older […]

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Canada Signals a Willingness to Challenge Trump on His Clean-Car Rollback

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Canada has signaled a willingness to buck one of President Trump’s most significant environmental rollbacks — a major weakening of auto pollution standards — by signing a clean-car deal with California, the state leading the fight against the […]

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Demise of Gasoline Cars? What We Know About N.Y.’s Ambitious Climate Goals

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The sweeping climate plan that New York lawmakers have agreed to pass sets the country’s most ambitious goals for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions: getting planet-warming carbon emissions almost down to zero by 2050. The law would transform the way […]

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New York Can Win on Climate and Racial Justice

Luz Velez became a climate change activist because she almost lost her life to pollution-related illnesses. Living near a major freight trucking hub in Buffalo, she has suffered from multiple, potentially deadly respiratory ailments. Ms. Velez is fighting back. Last week, she joined more than 400 New Yorkers from across the state, representing the 180 […]

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