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California unanimously votes to keep current emissions regs: another looming loss for Trump?

My bet is that the federal government sets one set of standards for emissions for states that don't follow California emissions, while California emission states will follow different requirements.

I don't think this the end of the world for automakers. It wasn't that long ago that certain cars had California emissions equipment while other states did not it. Positive crankcase valves were required in California and New York several years before other states. CARB requirements in 1990s meant certain engines couldn't be sold in California and other emissions states like New York. People in those states still could buy a wide variety of better emission controlled cars. Automakers can sell their more profitable, larger engine vehicles in non-emission states, while their stronger emission controlled vehicles in California, New York and the dozen of other states that California emissions.

This actually makes quite a bit of sense, as most of the non-emission standard states have a lesser pollution problem, especially when it comes to things like smog. Many of the more rural states have lower populations, so their climate impact of having more polluting vehicles in non-California emission states will be lower compared to the California emission states.

Good evening! Light rain and 46 degrees in the City of Albany. Calm wind. I guess I’m glad I brought my umbrella. I could actually use it downtown walking across the street to the bus shelter because it wasn’t whipping around too hard. 

Tonight will have showers likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low of 38 degrees at 6am. Six degrees above normal. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 34 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The record low of zero occurred back in 1923.

I should be home in time for the PBS Newshour to be over, so I should be able to watch the version I taped while I eat my dinner. I don’t know what to say about the president trashing all our country’s climate control efforts but I guess we are all victims of history. That year 2050 when I retire will be here before you know it. And if we keep dumping increasingly large amounts of carbon into the air, it’s only going to increase human misery. 

I mean I like all the things that cheap fossil fuels bring to us, but it’s stupid to be so foolish. We got to do something, at least go after the low hanging fruit. Even if carbon dioxide wasn’t poisoning our planet, like every drag on a cigarette does to our health, coal is a dirty nasty fuel that poisons our air and creates an incredible amount of solid waste. It’s stupid to double down on such technology especially because there is such a glut of natural gas and more and more renewables are coming online every day. 

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 8% illuminated. The moon will set around 9:50 pm. The First Quarter Moon is next Monday with mostly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is in 2 weeks. The sun will rise at 6:42 am with the first light at 6:13 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 23 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 53 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 49 degrees at 3pm. One degree below normal. Northwest wind 9 to 16 mph. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 46 degrees. The record high of 85 was set in 1946. 5.6 inches of snow fell back in 1984.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend and a bit cold for early April. Saturday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Typical average high for the weekend is 52 degrees. I guess no turning off the heat yet. That day will come and it will be like throwing a switch I’m sure. We will have forty degree weather than 80 degrees the next day. That’s spring time in Albany. 

In four weeks on April 25 the sun will be setting at 7:49 pm, which is 31 minutes and 56 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 59 and 45 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 63 and 41 degrees. The record high of 89 degrees was set back in 2009.

Looking ahead, Tax Day is in 3 weeks, Arbor Day is in 1 months, Average High is 70 is in 7 weeks, Independence Day is in 14 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 84 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 188 weeks.

Just another rainy afternoon.

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It could be snow, so I guess I can’t complain.

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And I could be camping, but I’m not.

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Which is good, as I’ve spent a lot of rainy evenings in the woods.

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But I’ll be glad when summer is here.

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Uninsured Rate, 2008-2015

This chart shows the uninsured rate for the United States, California, Texas, New York and Florida from 2008-2015. Thanks for the Affordable Care Act, many more families are able to afford health insurance, especially in the states that expanded Medicaid.

Data Source: US Census Bureau, Health Insurance Coverage Status and Type of Coverage by State--All Persons: 2008 to 2015. https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-257.html