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by Nancy LaPlaca Power plants waste 65% of their energy. Cars waste even more. The fossil-fueled cars we drive today are extremely inefficient. What does that mean? It means that 70-80% of the energy in the gasoline that you put into your car doesn’t do any work, it doesn’t move a car an inch. Instead,...
by Nancy LaPlaca The Age of Consequences for so-called ‘externalities’ has arrived – but what is an externality? In the jargon of economists, an externality is a cost (or benefit) to a third party who did not agree to it. Air pollution is a classic externality. For example, power plant owners or car manufacturers don’t...
by Bill Schlesinger Each day we breathe more than 10 cubic meters of air—more if we are exercising—so it stands to reason that stuff in the air can enter our body in large quantities.  One of the pollutants of current focus is fine particulate matter, expressed in micrograms per cubic meter.  The US Environmental Protection...
by Joel Porter and Andrew Rasetti The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed legislation that is supposedly in response to climate change; in reality, it would derail our state’s transition to a clean energy economy. The bill, HB 951, fails to even mention the words ‘climate change.’ It does, however, acknowledge that the economic...
by former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts A successful Greening Our Faith Communities Summit was held May 20 – 21, focusing mostly on the faith community in the Charlotte area, but drawing interest and speakers from around North Carolina. The two-day virtual summit was organized primarily by GreenFaith and Clean Air Carolina, with support from ecoAmerica, Good Solar, MeckMIN, and numerous other...
by Rev. Amy Brooks It is amazing that all faith traditions teach some version of this truth: that the earth is a sacred gift and that humanity is expected to take care of this gift. Sadly though, when we look around we realize we must do a better job, not just for the planet but...
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