Gas Appliances Harm Health
Sponsored by Sierra Club, Bay Area Clean Air Coalition which includes SF Bay PSR
Transitioning homes and buildings from gas appliances to clean, electric alternatives like heat pumps can dramatically reduce air pollution. Let’s support an equitable transition in the Bay Area.
This is one of the most important actions of the year regarding a just transition to electric homes that are healthier for us and the planet!
DEADLINE: Monday, Feb 6, 5pm PT
1. Tell the Air District to Defend Healthy Air in the Bay Area.
The Air District has drafted two regulations (known as Rules 9-4 and 9-6) that will require all water heaters and home furnaces to be zero-NOx emitting by 2027 and 2029 respectively. The Board will vote on these rules sometime in early 2023. Tell the Air District to support Rules 9-4 and 9-6 and ensure breathable air for our communities!
2. EMAIL comments to BAAQMD:
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is currently developing zero-NOx emissions standards for home furnaces and water heaters that would have major benefits for Bay Area health. This is part of a plan for an equitable, affordable transition to tackling appliance pollution and standing up for community health. Zero-NOx standards will ensure a transition from polluting appliances to clean, healthy alternatives. Transitioning to pollution-free, electric appliances is key to reducing air pollution and protecting public health.
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are toxic, highly reactive gasses that endanger human health by causing or exacerbating respiratory conditions such as asthma, wheezing, decreased lung functioning, increased likelihood of hospital visits, heart disease, and even early death. NOx are produced by burning gas, propane, and wood. In the Bay Area, gas appliances in homes produce more toxic NOx pollution than all of the region’s passenger cars. This is incredibly dangerous for both our indoor and outdoor air quality.
READ SF Bay PSR resources on health benefits of electric appliances and homes
LEARN MORE about how we can end appliance air pollution in the California
Tell FERC to deny the GTN Xpress Pipeline
Sponsored by Oregon PSR
Join health professionals and public health advocates in states across the Northwest (OR, WA, ID, CA) in opposition to TC Energy’s proposed GTN XPress project! Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny the GTN XPress pipeline!
The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) is expected to issue a decision on this project as soon as February of 2023.
Tell FERC to deny the GTN XPress pipeline.
Following successful community opposition to proposed new pipelines in recent years, pipeline expansions have become part of a national strategy to increase fracked gas. FERC has approved 15 similar XPress projects over the past 5 years alone, resulting in a dramatic expansion of fracked gas in the U.S. Join us and tell the
The GTN XPress would increase the amount of fracked gas flowing from British Columbia through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. This expansion would result in more than 3.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. If approved, this would be like adding the pollution of 754,000 passenger vehicles a year on the road each year until 2052.
As health professionals and advocates, we understand that methane gas and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure is bad news for public health and the environment. Communities near pipeline routes and compressor stations experience increased health risks. Pipelines leak. Additionally, communities that live near compressor stations are known to experience symptoms ranging from skin rashes to gastrointestinal, respiratory, neurological, and psychological.
We thus urge FERC to deny the GTN XPress Project! This is a plan that has been opposed by community leaders, Tribes, as well as the Attorney Generals in Washington, California, and Oregon.
Advocate for PEACE
Today, January 24, the Doomsday Clock moved to 90 seconds before midnight. The Clock is a symbol that warns the public about existential risk. It is a metaphor created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a reminder of the perils we must address if we are to survive on the planet.
January 22, was the second annual anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’s (TPNW) entry into force. With 92 signing countries and 68 state ratifications, the TPNW offers real hope for a world without nuclear weapons. The United States must sign and ratify the treaty as soon as possible.
It’s time to build a movement more powerful than the atom bomb.
The TPNW gives us hope and the Doomsday Clock a warning. We must act. Please join SF Bay PSR in signing this petition created by Washington State PSR calling for an Immediate Transition Away From Nuclear Weapons. We’re beginning an effort to turn up the heat on our members of Congress, to demand that our cities divest from nuclear weapons, and to educate the public, particularly younger generations, about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the very real steps we can take to totally abolish nuclear weapons.
Call for an Immediate Transition Away From Nuclear Weapons.
READ MORE: Op-Ed, “The Doomsday Clock is More than a Metaphor,” by PSR National Associate Director Jasmine Owens.
The health community calls for
A Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
PSR has co-authored a letter with our international health professional allies to demand governments develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT).
To protect the health and lives of present and future generations we need a rapid, equitable phase-out of fossil fuels globally. Please sign and share the letter broadly with your colleagues and organizations.
In fall of 2022, the European Parliament called on countries to develop a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty – a major development in the global push to end the expansion of fossil fuel projects.
CA Climate Scoping Plan: We Need a Public Health Advisory Group
As a result of efforts led primarily by environmental justice advocates, there has been some improvement made to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2022 Draft Climate Change Scoping Plan. While we are encouraged by the elimination of all new gas plants, and improvements in the transportation sector, we are disappointed that the final 2022 Scoping Plan is still centered on putting the interests of fossil fuel and other polluting industries above the needs of overburdened communities, public health, science, and common sense.
Global warming is the biggest health threat we have ever faced, but a comprehensive public health analysis was not integrated into the design of the 2022 Draft Climate Change Scoping Plan. The health analysis conducted by CARB was extremely limited in scope, and did not inform members of the Air Resources Board or the public about the comprehensive public health threats, benefits, and costs of the potential policies and scenarios within the Scoping Plan.
We urge CARB to form a public health advisory group and work with public health professionals with expertise in climate, health, and equity to conduct on-going robust and comprehensive public health equity analyses that inform the implementation of each component of the 2022 Scoping Plan. We have to do all we can to minimize health harms and maximize health benefits of climate policies being enacted in California.
In brief, our top priorities include:
- Direct emission reduction (real zero not net zero emissions)
- Rapid phase out of fossil fuels, phase out of refineries
- Clean renewable electricity and energy
- No reliance on unproven technologies such as CCUS
- A scoping plan centered on public health and equity
We will post updates throughout 2023.
Protect CA Communities from Health Harms of Oil Wells
The 3,200 foot health protection zone from oil wells, the new CA law, is under attack!
Big Oil has gathered enough signatures (by deceiving signers with false information) to qualify for a ballot measure to undo California’s critical setbacks law, SB 1137. This law — fought for by environmental justice communities — finally will stop new oil wells near homes, schools and hospitals. If Big Oil’s ballot measure passes in 2024, it would reverse the health protections that were just gained.
DON’T FALL FOR BIG OIL’S SCAM!
We will post updates about this situation as they develop throughout 2023.
California is the only major oil producer in the country that did not have a buffer zone between neighborhoods and oil and gas operations until SB 1137 was signed into law last month. Big oil has been gouging us at the gas pump and they are spending millions on stopping our progress. Blocking health and safety zones for homes, schools and hospitals from oil wells, does not reduce the price of oil, it just increases our health care cost and leaves nearly 3 million people living dangerously close to toxic emissions unprotected.
READ MORE: GRIST: California passed a milestone law to stop neighborhood drilling. Now Big Oil has launched its counterattack.
TALKING POINTS: PSR oil and gas health harms