Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice

Value Environmental Resources to Encourage Preservation

Currently, we ask private property owners to preserve resources that the public values. The public must compensate the property owner based on the value of the resource. This can be done with density bonuses, transferable development rights and/or tax breaks. The current system encourages impacts to resources to preserve property value. The public will have to accept higher densities on good developable property in ...more »

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Assuring the Safety of Chemicals

If we have to drill for oil...use organic means to clean spills.

In the Bakken Oil Fields, Oil companies are setting the stage by using nature to clean nature instead of using synthetic chemicals to clean up an organic matter (oil). When we look to nature for solutions to things that happen when we interrupt nature, we find the best case scenarios. The oil companies in the Bakken Oil fields should be commended for using innovative and sustainable means such as biotic soil amendments ...more »

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Enhanced Geothermal Systems sequester CO2

If I read right “Future of Enhanced Geothermal Systems” MIT School of Engineering did for federal government 2007 (http://geothermal.inel.gov), CO2 is better than H2O as hydraulic/heat-transfer fluid for Enhanced Geothermal Systems. Also, 70 years output from 500 MW coal-fired plant would fill 1 of 15 hot-rock reservoirs needed to replace 100MW coal-fired plant sustainably, assuming 100MW EGS would need 0.5km3 pore space ...more »

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Improving Air Quality

Criminalize Exposing Others to Secondhand Smoke

Tobacco smoke is a known known danger. It is proven to be carcinogenic, and directly leads to numerous diseases. If it were a new industrial chemical that a corporation accidentally exposed millions of people to (think asbestos), we would not hesitate to ban it. However, if a person lights a cigarette next to you on the street, a restaurant patio, or near your open home windows, there are no repercussions to the smoker, ...more »

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Protecting America’s Waters

Fracking

A lot of what I'm reading is about cleaning up the mess that we have made. I think a better idea, especially in my home state of PA is to stop pollution before it happens. I'm talking about drilling for gas. We are creating a problem that we will not be able to fix and I don't understand why the EPA is not shutting these operations down. There is certainly enough evidence to say STOP until we know the best way to ...more »

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Cleaning Up Our Communities

Require Lead-Based Paint Inspections

Most owners and managers of apartments and rental houses will continue to ignore lead-based paint until inspections are mandatory. EPA's Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) regulation puts good contractors between the rock of charging far more and the hard place of losing business to numerous competitors who are ignoring lead, while putting nor responsibilty when it belongs, on the owner. It is time to require that ...more »

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Everyday Green Tips

EPA on Foursquare

I work in the Office of Web Communications at EPA on social media. We've been on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr for a while and we just recently joined Foursquare. We're using Foursquare to post tips about the environment at locations in the United States and around the world. Please check out our page: http://foursquare.com/epagov Where would you like us to leave tips? What type of information would you find ...more »

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Taking Action on Climate Change

White trash bags

Right now - most trashcan sized liners and leaf bags are black. They should be white so they reflect the sun's heat back off the planet. I'm thinking of hundreds of thousands of these bags at the dumpsites - all black and all absorbing heat into the earth because black absorbs more heat. If they were all white, they would contribute a little to the reduction of global warming.

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Tracefiers to remove pollutants from flue gases.

Carbon particulates up to three microns can be removed from flue gases. The process is to pass the polluted air through a duct where a solvent is sprayed across the flowing gas to lower than the saturation temperature at the pressure of the flue gas. Water can be used for most pollutans. Reactive fluids may be used to spray insoluble gases to precipitate the pollutants in the air. The suspended pollutants are dissoved ...more »

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Obsolescence Tax

I propose that the government tax businesses who profit from the sale of non-recyclable (or high-cost recyclable) products (even those that are categorized as non-toxic). Companies who sell products that are impossible to repair (or costlier to repair than to replace; e.g. most printers) and thus end up being disposed of by the consumer should also be taxed. I believe the EU imposes such taxes; I don't know about the ...more »

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Protecting America’s Waters

Aquatic warming- is oil extraction a contributing factor?

Governments have yet to require the oil industry to insure that oil extraction from under the sea floor isn't potentially increasing the rate in which thermal energy is being transferred from the hotter planet surface, into the colder ocean waters. If this is happening, humanity my never live long enough to see the recovery of the planetary ice. Even if we greatly reduced the CO2 levels. Lab experiments suggest that this ...more »

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Develop Energy Efficiency Programs for Renters

Most energy efficiency programs are only available to home owners. And land lords that pass on heating bills to renters have no incentive to winterize homes, add double pained windows, install smart heating systems and other improvements that would save energy, CO2 and money. Renters need energy efficiency programs now!

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Cleaning Up Our Communities

one gallon plastic paint cans

I work for The Green Project in New Orleans and we receive around 100 one gallon plastic paint cans a week. Because they are contaminated with latex paint, is is nearly impossible to find a plant that will take the cans. If anyone knows any place that would be able and willing to take these cans or if anyone has any environmentally, cheap and efficient ways to clean the buckets, please let me know! You can also reach ...more »

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Protecting America’s Waters

Enforcement Action, Against The Department Of The Navy:

The Department of the Navy, has violated the 1974, 1986 and 1996 safe drinking water act, from 1957 - 1987 in regards to the Camp Lejeune contaminated drinking water. The Department of the Navy, has also violated the TSCA, from 1957 - 2001. The Department of the Navy, has violated the 1972 clean water act in 2001 aboard Camp Lejeune at lot 203. No written or any other form of citations has been issued to the Department ...more »

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Make your Vote Count

I think the most important thing that any of us can do to initiate a conversation about the environment, energy or global warming is to work to reform our election process. Even those who start in politics wanting to make big changes are beholden to corporate money for election financing and thus our lawmakers report to interests that are directly counter to those that would make a difference in protecting our world. ...more »

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Taking Action on Climate Change

raise awareness

Hello My name is Dean Carroll.I am a normal workimg 24 year old living in Australia. I care for the environment and worry about global warming.I believe people especially young people are not educated enough on these major issues facing humanity.I recently watched two very good documentaries called Surviving Progress and the 11th Hour.These programs are show on TV but not enough.Al Gore also has a good documentary ...more »

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Cleaning Up Our Communities

Mercury Use in Humans

When my son was diagnosed with Autism I became aware of how very toxic Mercury is. I am aware that much of the Mercury used in this country comes from use in filling teeth. I think that this practice is archaic, particularly since there are other alternatives for filling teeth. I think it is time that Mercury is banned from use in the mouth or any product that is ingested or injected. It is so highly toxic, and ...more »

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Multiple Ideas

-Set up recycling pick up at all post offices. I've never lived anywhere that had easily available recycling centers, but every town has a post office and trash pick-up. -Charge extra money for things in individual packaging. If it is turned into the recycling center, then they get their extra fee back. Don't want to pay extra, buy in larger containers. -Get rid of plastic packaging, bags, wrappers, etc. Go to biodegradable ...more »

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