A quick guide to the environmental issues you’ll find on the ballot

November 2, 2018 by  
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The general election for 2018 features many interesting issues related to environmental improvements. But with these environmental proposals competing with other issues on the ballot, it is easy for them to get lost in the shuffle. From funding eco-friendly projects to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, here is a quick guide to some of the environmental issues on the 2018 ballots around the U.S. Alaska Salmon Initiative The first measure on Alaska’s ballot is an initiative that would force the state’s Department of Fish and Game to hand out permits for projects and activities that might harm fish . The measure also focuses on improving habitats for anadromous fish, like salmon, by looking at water quality, stream flow and temperature. If passed, the measure will create a system for processing permits, which includes allowing public input on major permits. The fish and game department will still have the authority to deny permits if the project or activity harms fish or habitats. Any existing projects would be exempt from the new permit system. Arizona Proposition 127 In a push for clean energy, this proposal would mandate that 50 percent of electric utilities come from renewable sources by 2030, and the percent required would steadily increase each year. The acceptable renewable energy sources would include solar , wind and biomass as well as certain hydropower, geothermal and landfill gas energies. California Proposition 3 There are a number of propositions on California’s ballot related to environmental issues, but Proposition 3 is one of the most significant. This initiative will give the green light for close to $8 billion in funds for surface and groundwater storage, watershed protection (habitat restoration) and water infrastructure. The measure outlines where all of the money will be dispersed and how much funding each project will receive. Colorado Proposition 112 This proposition on Colorado’s ballot would limit the areas available for oil and gas development, including fracking , in an effort to maintain public health and safety. If passed, oil and gas developments would have to maintain a distance of 2,500 feet from occupied structures and vulnerable areas, including homes, schools, hospitals, parks, lakes, rivers, sporting fields and more. Florida Constitutional Revision 4 Florida is taking a major step against offshore drilling this election. Constitutional Revision 4 could ban offshore drilling, putting an end to oil and gas mining on lands under state waters. Lumped into this revision is a ban that will prevent individuals from vaping inside closed workplaces. The ban includes any electronic device that generates vapor, such as electronic cigarettes. The ban would only be enforced in indoor workplaces. Georgia Amendment 1 This amendment would allow up to 80 percent of the revenue from sales and use taxes of outdoor recreation and sporting goods retailers to go to the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund for land conservation, including protecting water quality, conserving forests and wildlife habitats and improving state and local parks. Montana Ballot Issue #14 I-186 This initiative will help regulate new rock mines in the state. If passed, new mines would be required to have plans for reclamation, restoration or rehabilitation to receive permits. More specifically, the new mines would be required to have adequate plans to avoid water pollution. Water contaminated by acid mine drainage often results in perpetual treatment to make the water safe for consumption. The measure also gives the Department of Environmental Quality the right to reject permits that do not have a reclamation plan in place. Nevada Question 6 Nevada’s environmental initiative this year will put the state on track for renewable energy by 2030. Question 6 on the Nevada ballot proposes that all utility companies invest in renewable energy over the next 12 years. If passed, the measure would require electric companies to transform half of their electrical output to renewable sources by the projected date. The current law requires utility companies to use 25 percent of renewable electricity by 2025. Rhode Island Question 3 This measure would authorize $47.3 million in funds for various environmental projects throughout the state. The measure outlines where the money will be allocated and the different types of projects that will be funded. The projects include coastal resiliency and access, clean water and treatment, dam infrastructure, bikeway initiatives, farmland access and local recreation. The largest project on the ballot is related to improving water quality and would receive $7.9 million. Washington Initiative 1631 Initiative 1631 in Washington targets greenhouse gas pollutants and rewards companies that promote clean energy. If voted in, the law would impose fees on carbon emissions. The price of the fee starts out at $15 for every metric ton of carbon, increasing every year by $2. The money generated from the fees will go right back into the environment. The revenue would help improve air quality, raise awareness about clean energy and examine environmental issues in various communities. Companies that comply with environmental standards could also receive credits from the added revenue. The measure also requires that Native American tribes have their voices heard on projects that affect their land. All of the money dispersed from the carbon fee will have to be approved by a public board first. Via Vote Smart , Ballotpedia and NCSL Image via Element5 Digital

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Cargotecture transforms a San Francisco parking lot into a lively village

April 6, 2015 by  
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Easy Earth Day crafts you can make using recycled materials

April 6, 2015 by  
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Photo: MayRicherFullerBe This Earth Day, why not roll up your sleeves and celebrate by turning recyclable materials into fun, functional, and fashionable crafts for your home? From toilet paper rolls to yard clippings, all of that stuff you would usually toss can be transformed into classy decor. Not sure where to start? Check out HomeTalk’s board of 13 DIY upcycled ideas for some chic, trendy ways to show your gratitude to Mother Earth. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY crafts , diys , earth day , earth day crafts , earth day diy , recycled crafts

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Casting The Lorax, Celebrities Against Proposition 23, and More

October 29, 2010 by  
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Photo: johanferreira15 / Creative Commons The Lorax , a timeless environmental story from Dr. Seuss, is set to hit movie theaters in 2012 with a 3-D animated update to the classic cartoon — and with Zac Efron voicing the role of Ted while Betty White plays his grandmother. But which actor nabbed the title role?…

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Ford to Invest $850M to Retool Factories for More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

October 29, 2010 by  
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Photo: Ford Creating 1,200 Jobs Making more fuel efficient vehicles doesn’t happen by magic. It requires lots of R&D, and once you’ve come up with a new engine or transmission or whatever, it requires big capital investments to retool factories. That’s exactly what Ford (among others) is doing.

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Plug-in Cities Making A Comeback

October 29, 2010 by  
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In 1965 Archigram envisioned the Plug-in City. Geoff at Bldgblog describes it: Archigram proposed using construction cranes as permanent parts of their buildings.

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California’s Oldest Trade Organization Comes Out Against Proposition 23

October 24, 2010 by  
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The Independent Energy Producers Association is a leading non-profit California trade organization and the oldest of its kind in the state. Together, its members represent about one-third of California’s generating capacity, so when IEPA speaks, people listen.  Yesterday IEPA Executive Director Jan Smutny-Jones spoke. He issued a statement declaring that “ Proposition 23 will undo the remarkable progress green energy generators are making in California – and put thousands of clean energy workers out of work.” This is a pretty forceful declaration for a major business group, so let’s see what’s behind it.

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California’s Proposition 23: A Cunning Effort to Kill Clean Energy

September 28, 2010 by  
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Image via Green Products Center There’s been a lot of talk lately around about Proposition 23 in California — oil companies are dumping money into campaigns to support it , clean energy advocates are adamantly against it, and it’s become a major focus of the election. Indeed, it can pretty safely be considered the biggest political battle supporters of clean energy and climate action now face

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Ask Pablo: Does Driving Really Emit Less CO2 Than Cycling?

March 29, 2010 by  
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Image Source: Thirstcactus Dear Pablo: A teabagger * website puts forth the proposition that riding a bike actually produces more carbon dioxide than driving a car because you are working hard riding a bike but essentially resting when driving. Can you look at their numbers?

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