THE VAST MAJORITY of school buses in the United States run on diesel, a fossil fuel that has been shown to cause numerous health problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and cancer. Diesel exhaust is also a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change. However, there is an alternative: zero-emission battery electric school buses.
After years of setbacks on the environment, in the Biden administration’s early days, it is critical that we take swift action to clean up our environment and address the climate crisis. There are several important environmental policies that can be set in motion on day one that will protect our natural landscapes and give Americans cleaner air, cleaner water and a more livable climate. This report lists the First Thigns to Fix.
A growing body of research shows that California offshore wind could generate as much as 21 gigawatts (GW) of power - roughly equivalent to about 85 percent of the state’s projected growth in overall renewables capacity by 2030 and 12 percent of its cumulative, projectet renewables growth by 2045. What’s more, offshore wind would not compete with variable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic but would complement them, helping balance their daily swings in generation to provide reliable power for the grid.
The Clean Water Act, adopted in 1972, set the goal of making all of our waterways safe for swimming. Nearly a half-century later, Americans visiting their favorite beach are still met all too often by advisories warning that the water is unsafe for swimming. And each year, millions of Americans are sickened by swimming in contaminated water.
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