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Archive: January, 2012

Philly hearing on 54.5 mpg by 2025: Testimony begins

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11:55 AM
"Time is up," said Sierra Club president Robin Mann, a Delaware County resident, at at today's hearing on about proposed national fuel economy standards that would require an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. "It is a national disgrace brought to us by the oil lobby that we have squandered... Read more

Want better mileage? You can have your say today

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:00 AM
Would you like your car to get better gas mileage? Federal officials will be in Philadelphia today to take testimony on proposed fuel efficiency standards that would require cars to get 54.5 miles a gallon -- a "fleet" average -- by 2025. Today's average? About 27 mpg. By one estimate, the new standards... Read more

More local voices at U.S. mpg hearing

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 5:36 PM
I'm listening in again on the hearing in Philadelphia on proposed standards to increase the fuel efficiency of the average car and light truck made in the U.S. to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Colleen Kennedy of Delaware County is talking about how "life-changing" this rule could be for her. Born... Read more

Book of the Week: 40 Ways That Trees Can Save Us

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:35 AM
This is a book to keep on the nightstand and maybe give yourself the treat of one beautiful essay a night. "The Global Forest: 40 Ways That Trees Can Save Us," may not be the best title. It sounds kind of like a how-to book. A checklist of things to tick off. Instead, this is an elegant, eloquent... Read more

More efficient TVs could be headed our way

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 5:21 PM
Watching television is certainly getting expensive. And I don’t mean the cable fees. I mean the electricity. The sets are getting bigger and bigger. And we have more and more of them. So even with some efficiency gains, they’re gulping down more and more power. The government’s... Read more

Clean, green cars could save $$$, advocates say

Friday, January 13, 2012, 5:30 AM
How much mileage is in YOUR tank? Last year, the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, calling for them to reach the equivalent of 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025. That's just an average, so think how high some of the cars will go, assuming there will... Read more

Your guide to local greenhouse gas emitters

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 1:21 PM
Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released national data from 2010 for about 6,700 large industrial emitters of greenhouse gases. They were predominantly power plants, and they released mostly carbon dioxide. I wrote a story about it for this morning's paper. That story focused... Read more

Book of the Week: How normal is Joel Salatin?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 11:48 AM
Today, I'm beginning a new feature of the GreenSpace blog -- the Book of the Week, on Wednesdays. It won't be a review, as such. (I wish I had time to read an enviro book a week, but I don't.) It will simply be a brief look at something I think is interesting. So on to it: If there's such a thing... Read more

Everything you ever wanted to know about light bulbs

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 4:05 PM
I'm still getting tons of emails about light bulbs. One thing that's abundantly clear is that people are confused, so I'll try to help. Here's a Jan. 1 story I wrote that explains what the new efficiency standards for bulbs are and why national legislators and environmental groups think they are... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Are suburbs sustainable?

Monday, January 9, 2012, 12:58 PM
Are the suburbs on the way out? Environmental advocates have long held that the single family home on a wide swath of lawn, far from public transportation, is unsustainable. But still, the builders kept building, and people kept buying. In Friday’s paper, architecture critic Inga Saffron took... Read more
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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

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