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No, Cities Are Not Actually Leading on Climate. Enough With the Mindless Cheerleading

"The idea that cities are leading on climate change is applauded over and over and over. Thereโ€™s just one problem. It's not actually happening. Retrofit programs for buildings and homes aren't delivering results. Power distribution remains rooted in century-old thinking and technology. And those cities that claim to be on track to go "100 percent renewable"? Not even close."

"The truth is that cities have done little to contribute to recent declines in carbon pollution. Renewable portfolio standards have spurred tons of new renewable generation, but states adopt those, not cities. Transportation-related CO2 is down in many cities, but that's largely the result of improved national fuel-efficiency standards. And urban areas did nothing to create cheap natural gas, which, by displacing coal, has been the leading driver of reduced emissions."

My Reaction to Eleanore Stein’s Climate Change Action Forum

More information about this recent forum hosted at the Bethlehem Town Hall:

Climate change is a serious problem but I reject undermining environmental laws, ๐Ÿ“šthreatening endangered species and paving over farm land, wildlife habitat and destroying our public lands to address mitigate it.ย ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ Protecting the environment from badly thought out renewable and fossil energy projects is important.

I oppose solar farms on farm land and forests but I support solar panels on existing roof tops such as homes and business. If it’s already developed, there is no harm on strapping a slab of silicon on the roof.๐Ÿ  Wind turbines on farms make a lot of sense as they provide additional revenue to farms and are less disturbing to wildlife. Wind turbines take up some land and cast shadows but their impact is relatively small.๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿฎ Obviously they are not appropriate in areas with good quality muck soils.

I reject the attacks by activist Eleanore Stein and certain politicians on our environmental laws and local control.โš–๐Ÿ˜ While it’s important we continue to invest in increasing our supply of renewable energy, it should not come as a cost to our quality of life or to the environment.๐ŸŒ‡

Climate change is a serious threat to our environment and quality of life but so are renewable energy projects if it’s not installed in an environmentally sensitive manner. ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญย Some in the environmental community will claim that the ends of unmitigated climate change will justify the means but they are wrong and must be repudiated firmly.๐Ÿ˜ก

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Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners’ Disease

"Epidemiologists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say they've identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported, a cluster that was first uncovered by NPR 14 months ago. In a research letter published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NIOSH confirms 416 cases of progressive massive fibrosis or complicated black lung in three clinics in central Appalachia from 2013 to 2017. "This is the largest cluster of progressive massive fibrosis ever reported in the scientific literature," says Scott Laney, a NIOSH epidemiologist involved in the study. "We've gone from having nearly eradicated PMF in the mid-1990s to the highest concentration of cases that anyone has ever seen," he said.