A lengthy article by Ted Griggs in the Business Section of Sunday’s Advocate details a number of biofuel ventures in Louisiana. Of particular interest is the diversity of different biofuels and technologies that are being employed in the ventures and the fact that some may be viable absent government subsidies.
The EPA on Monday issued stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks that limit the amount of sulfur than can be used in gasoline. The “Tier 3″ standards would lower sulfur content of gasoline by 60 percent starting in 2017. More on the new standards here.
There have recently been two announcements of major alternative fuel projects with relevance to the Baton Rouge area. A recent Advocate news article highlighted an announcement by Waste Management that it will replace 40 diesel-powered trucks in its Baton Rouge fleet with those using compressed natural gas. Additionally, Harvey Gulf International Marine announced it has become the […]
The Advocate ran a front page article today by Amy Wold describing how the Baton Rouge area has achieved attainment with the ozone standard two years ahead of schedule. The article was welcome news for an area long-suffering in ozone nonattainment status. However, it would have benefitted from some perspective on just how tenuous the achievement was and the […]
There is a good article by Amy Wold in today’s Advocate presenting information provided by speakers at the recent Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Day luncheon. Some estimates of tree canopy coverage and air quality and energy benefits are provided. The Baton Rouge Green program was presented in our recently released Advance report as an ozone mitigation measure […]
U.S. Energy Information Administration releases its online analysis of 2012 energy-related carbon dioxide emissions today. It indicates U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels were 5,290 million metric tons carbon dioxide in 2012, a decrease of almost 4 percent from the 2011 level. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in five of […]
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a narrow challenge to the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources including power plants. The high court indicated it would consider only a single question: “Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of GHG from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the […]
On September 20th, EPA proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants. The proposal achieves the first milestone outlined in President Obama’s June 25 Memorandum to EPA on “Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards”, a major part of the President’s Climate Action Plan. EPA News Release here.
DEQ has called for the first “Ozone Action Day” of the summer for the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Thibodaux and Shreveport areas this Friday, August 30th. Meteorological conditions are expected to be favorable for the formation of ozone. Computer models show a potential for ozone levels to reach into the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range.
From The Advocate: Four ExxonMobil facilities in Baton Rouge and Port Allen will be paying a total or more than $2.3 million in penalties, civil fines, environmental projects, and internal improvements as part of a settlement that DEQ and ExxonMobil say will benefit the communities and the facilities. See DEQ press release here.
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