Environment New Mexico released a report on June 25 showing that the rewards of solar are greater than the costs. Attorney General Hector Balderas, Sen. Mimi Stewart, Positive Energy Solar, and our partners joined Environment New Mexico's Sanders Moore and Fund for the Public Interest canvassers for this event. Check out our report here.
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On Friday, the Obama administration proposed a new emission-cutting standard for trucks and buses. This is the president's latest move to curb pollution fueling global warming.
“Anyone who’s ever been stuck behind a truck or bus knows how much they pollute,” said Madsen. ”Today’s action will mean cleaner air and help tackle the climate crisis. Making trucks go farther on a gallon of fuel can curb pollution, help save the planet and save money.”
Passenger cars and trucks remain the largest source of pollution within the transportation sector, and the Obama administration has already required them to go farther on a gallon of gas. That move--which made a host of ever-more efficient autos available to consumers--will save Americans roughly $31 billion annually at the gas pump, and cut pollution equivalent to shutting down more than two dozen coal-fired power plants.
Similarly, advocates have called for a 40 percent efficiency improvement for heavy trucks compared to 2010, which could save semi truck operators $30,000 per year on fuel, reducing freight costs and helping to lower the price of consumer goods. While Environment America and its allies are still reviewing the rule issued today, it appears to be very close to the 40 percent target.
Last Friday, the City of Portland took a step to improve their ’D-‘ grade for transparency by publishing a searchable database showing where taxpayer funds are going. This was a project that came out of a report OSPIRG released in 2013 where we graded major cities for the transparency of their spending. Here's an article from Oregon Live highlighting the action.