Protecting America’s Waters

Redundant Urban Roadways

If domestic, urban municipalities are responsible for the largest share of contaminated water discharge in both brownfields and waterways, furthermore having population concentrations that are expected to increase from 50% now to 70% in 2050, then we need to consider some alternatives to the current cost and infrastructure of handling storm run-off in coastal cities and human waste around the country. I wrote a Sustainable... more »

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Composting Toilets for Large Public Buildings

Such as airports, sports arenas, etc. We could use so much less water if the EPA would encourage large public venues/buildings with high volume traffic to use composting toilets. If you're near Atlanta, you can come see what these are like at Sweetwater Creek State Park, whose Visitor Center has composting toilets and was the first LEED Platinum certified building in the Southeast.

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Global Warming is NOT happening

Since the millennium there has been no change in the earth's temperature. Former alarmists are now retracting their previous statements. Here is one by the father of global warming, James ‘Gaia’ Lovelock, from MSNBC:

 

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11144098-gaia-scientist-james-lovelock-i-was-alarmist-about-climate-change.

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Improving Air Quality

Proposal: Measure air quality in known traffic bottleneck areas

What effect does traffic congestion have on the environment. Automogile emissions are measurable, I propose a study to measue the effects in known conjested highways (and highway intersections , find the peek rush hours, coordinate ariel photos to count motor vehicles passing through target areas, and lastly report and revisit. Make suggestions for improvement.

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Protecting America’s Waters

Stop Fracking!

Hydraulic fracturing uses a ton of the public water supply and laces it with chemicals that fracture the rock in order to capture the gas. As much as 40% of this chemical/water mixture is lost, leaving it to seep into the ground where it travels into the aquifer, contaminating the groundwater supply, harming wildlife and aquatic life, and potentially harming humans. According to the EPA, 70 to 140 billion gallons of... more »

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Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice

Changing The US Environmental Foreign Policy

Background/ History For much of United States history, Environmental Policy was unheard of. When Roosevelt was President in the 1930s, he put many New Deal Programs into place, one of which included conservation programs to help restore forests and rebuild places that had experienced economic and ecological collapse. However, it wasn’t until 1962, when Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was written, a book that explained the... more »

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Require no-idling technology in all new cars

Idle start/stop systems shut a car down when it is idling. Since idling causes unnecessary emissions, why not do more than encourage drivers not to idle?

Some cars already have this technology, such as Toyota Prius and Mini Cooper. And some car manufacturers are already planning on using this for all their cars in the future, such as Mazda and Ford. We should require it of all new cars.

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Nuclear fission

There's enough Uranium & Thorium in the oceans to provide all of the world's energy, and rivers renew the supply all the time. No need for countries to fight wars over supplies. The UN estimates that smoke from fossil fuels and biomass kills 2.5 million people per year (that's far more than Chernobyl, every single day), and that number would be far higher without nuclear.

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