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November 22, 2011
I looked at the Analysis Group site and model quoted in The Sun's editorial regarding the benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ("Cap and growth," Nov. 16). I would love to see what companies hired the 16,000 estimated jobs produced. The model must be the same one used to justify the government's investment in Solyndra, and also the model you used to say the U.S. should emulate the European financial solution. I would also like to know who paid for the analysis. It obviously was short on facts and the answer was known before inputs were made.
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NEWS
September 18, 2014
The Sun's recent editorial "Too much carbon, too little time" (Sept. 11) is in line with the global warming arguments which are based on forecasts rather than accumulated technical and political realities. The article states that CO2 levels are 142 percent higher today than before the Industrial Revolution which began about 1800. At that time there were 1 billion people in the world; today there are 7 billion; by 2050 there will be 9 billion and by 2100 there will be 12 billion. This is a 1,200 percent increase in population since 1800.
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NEWS
February 13, 2010
Authorities say six people have been sickened by carbon monoxide aboard a cruise ship docked in Baltimore. Baltimore fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright says crews are on the scene to treat the victims. A hazmat team is trying to determine where the leak is coming from. Cartwright didn't know how ill the victims are or whether they were crew members or passengers. It's also unclear how many people were on the ship. The incident occurred aboard the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
If increasingly extreme weather events around the world weren't alarming enough, the latest monitoring by the World Meteorological Organization shows last year was the worst ever for rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Their report released Tuesday demonstrates why efforts to curb climate change deserve to be a top priority for U.S. foreign policy. The WMO tracks not just the greenhouse gases emitted by power plants, motor vehicles, factories and other major contributors but what the net effect is on the atmosphere since a certain amount of carbon dioxide is naturally absorbed by plants and oceans.
NEWS
July 13, 2012
Extreme weather events are on the rise, and scientists warn that global warming will bring even more extreme weather in the future ("Derecho and heat wave in review: records, rankings, and by the numbers," July 9). We know that power plants are the largest single source of the carbon pollution fueling climate change, but for too long power plants haven't had any federal limits on how much carbon they can spew into the air. President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency are working to fix this.
NEWS
August 19, 2011
Mr. Piette's letter on carbon tax ("Carbon fee is a tax to redistribute wealth," Aug. 15), demonstrates how far we have to go in environmental education. The carbon fee is not for the government, it is a payback to Mother Nature herself for the rape, burning and slow destruction of our environment that we have been doing for centuries (at no cost) and for which we show no signs of abating. For the free market to realize the damage and to be incentivized to move to better renewable energy, the true cost of fossil fuel burning to the environment must be included in the cost to consumers.
NEWS
April 29, 2010
Mike Tidwell ("Local action, global lesson," April 22) makes some great points about how incentives are key to changing behaviors. I absolutely agree. But his question about which policy change is best for stimulating rapid climate improvements is off-target. As individuals, 95 percent of us have the power to drastically reduce our carbon footprints, right here and now, without waiting for new legislation, policy changes, improved enforcement or construction of renewable energy projects.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2011
A 29-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, suffering life threatening injuries from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, were found in a car Saturday at 11:45 p.m. in Severna Park, according to Anne Arundel County fire department officials. The man and woman, whose names were not released, were taken to the hyperbaric unit at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to Lt. Cliff Kooser, a spokesman for the department. The car was found with its engine runnung in a garage next to a house in the 700 block of Monmouth Avenue.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2010
Occupants of a Baltimore rowhouse where carbon monoxide gas is believed to have killed two people Tuesday had turned on a gas oven and left the door open, spreading lethal fumes through their second-floor apartment, according to the city's chief code inspector. The position of the oven has led officials to speculate that the occupants might have been using it as a heat source. City officials said someone covered the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil, blocking air vents and causing the gas to build up and then seep out. It was then swept up through a heating duct in a hallway ceiling and delivered by the ventilation system to virtually every room.
NEWS
August 12, 2011
In her recent op-ed piece on climate change ("Cool solution for a warming planet," Aug. 9), writer Dana Knighten exposes herself as a liberal or "progressive," by first parsing the language of revenue. She proposes putting a price or fee on carbon, but never uses the word tax. But by using the government as the collector and distributor of these proposed fees, this amounts to nothing more than a tax meant to redistribute wealth. Socialist indeed.   Secondly, and perhaps most important, is her utter lack of knowledge as to how a (reasonably)
NEWS
August 22, 2014
Regarding Bob Bruninga's recent letter, "Carbon fees are a payback to Mother Nature (Aug. 19), carbon fees can also be payback to us, which would make them much more realistic politically. Rather than having the government tax fossil fuel corporations, which then pass the cost on to consumers, let's have a carbon pollution fee paid by fossil fuel companies and rebated monthly to every American. Taxpayers have already shelled out over $1 trillion for climate change disasters caused by carbon emissions, so fossil fuels owe us, big time.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
The flaw in Rep. Chris Van Hollen's Healthy Climate and Family Security Act is in the method he proposes to reduce carbon emissions - a declining cap, as opposed to a gradually rising fee ( "Cap and dividend," Aug. 4). One can expect that those who demonized cap-and-trade as "cap-and-tax" will come up with some catchy way to attack this particular proposal. However, by implementing a gradually rising fee on carbon, with all collected revenues returned to the public as a dividend, opponents of pricing carbon will be left without an argument.
NEWS
June 17, 2014
I agree with Ned Tillman's commentary ( "Reducing carbon emissions has practical benefits ," June 12) touting the health and economic virtues of replacing coal-fired power with non-fossil sources, which is one likely outcome of the new EPA rules announced this month. But the possibilities are even better if Congress will wake up to their responsibility to help meet the challenge of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. According to a study just released by Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI)
NEWS
By Ned Tillman | June 12, 2014
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy earlier this month announced plans to lower the carbon emissions from our antiquated coal-fired power plants 30 percent by 2030. Much of the justification for this has been focused on the need to slow down global warming, sea level rise and other threats of climate change. But there are many other benefits to Marylanders from reducing our dependence on coal-fired power plants that we need to fully understand so that we can enthusiastically support these new measures and speed up their adoption.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Although hookah lounges are becoming more popular, smoking flavored tobacco through water pipes creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution, according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. In fact, airborne particulate matter and carbon monoxide levels exceeded those found in restaurants and bars that allowed cigarette smoking, the study found. "There is a mistaken notion that because the tobacco smoke is drawn through the water, it's somehow cleaner or not as bad," Patrick Breysse, a professor in the department of environmental health sciences and the study's senior author, said in an interview.
NEWS
June 8, 2014
Republicans, trying to deflect their own lack of leadership in anything but hatred for President Barack Obama, often accuse him of not leading, particularly in the realm of international affairs where Republicans seem only to count actions as leadership when they involve firing a gun or a missile. However, the facts put the lie to this Republican assertion. Flying in the face of intense pressure to ignore the disastrous effects of climate change on our health, our homes, and even our lives and those of our children and grandchildren, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a much-needed plan to start reducing climate change by cutting carbon emissions for existing power plants.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin | April 16, 2007
Four members of a Northwest Baltimore family, including two children, were hospitalized yesterday after becoming ill from carbon monoxide fumes emanating from their home's basement furnace, said a spokesman for the city Fire Department. Chief Kevin Cartwright said firefighters received a 911 call about 4:20 p.m. from a sickened family member at a home in the 3800 block of Boarman Ave. A woman, her 16-year-old daughter, a toddler and the children's grandmother were removed from the house and given oxygen at the scene by medics, Cartwright said.
NEWS
December 1, 2003
Seventeen churchgoers were taken to a hospital yesterday for suspected carbon-monoxide poisoning, according to Calvert County firefighters. A child suffered a seizure at Waters Memorial United Methodist Church in the 5400 block of Mackall Road in Mutual about 9:40 a.m., according to firefighters. Shortly afterward, others began complaining of nausea and headaches. Twelve adults and five children were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital for testing. All are expected to recover, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
NEWS
June 2, 2014
Brace yourselves. President Barack Obama is expected to announce today new EPA rules to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by 20 percent and to force more polluters to participate in cap-and-trade programs. The inflammatory rhetoric from the opposition is likely to reach a Category 5 Event: Massive bloviation. Conservatives, particularly that subset of flat-earthers who are skeptical of anything that smacks of "science," are expected to pounce, first, because it involves addressing climate change, second, may be viewed as anti-coal and, third, involves executive authority, which they detest - at least when it's wielded by a Democrat.
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