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Gov. Whitmer endorses Kamala Harris for president, says she's not leaving Michigan; Grilled by lawmakers on the Trump assassination attempt, Secret Service director says, 'We failed;' Teachers rally at national convention in Houston; Opioid settlement fund fuels anti-addiction battle in Indiana; Nonprofit agency says corporate donations keep programs going.

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Democrats consolidate support behind Vice President Harris, Republicans threaten legal action over changes to the presidential ticket, and a possible bipartisan consensus forms on the failure of the Secret Service to protect former President Trump.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

For World Ocean Month, calls to cut emissions, pollution from shipping

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024   

June is World Ocean Month and groups fighting climate change are asking President Joe Biden to act to clean up emissions and pollution from the shipping industry.

Advocates have been meeting with White House officials since last fall, making the case for an executive order to decarbonize maritime shipping, which largely runs on what they describe as dirty diesel fuel.

Teresa Bui, climate policy director for the nonprofit Pacific Environment, said the administration should act now.

"We're asking President Biden to use the Clean Air Act authority to help establish goal-based fuel standards for ships to reduce shipping emission by 100% by 2040," Bui explained.

Opponents in the shipping industry said electrifying ships would carry a big price tag and raise the cost of goods. Advocates countered the price increases would be minimal compared to the benefits of cleaner air. Groups are also asking the feds to monitor the fuels on ships coming to U.S. ports to get better pollution data. And they want to mandate ports to bring greenhouse gas emissions and pollution to zero by 2030.

Bui noted a 2019 community health study showed people in communities near the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles experience up to eight years lower life expectancy than the Los Angeles County average.

"Black Long Beach residents are hospitalized with asthma at least eight times the rate, and Latinx residents at twice the rate of white Long Beach residents," Bui pointed out.

She added they also want the Biden administration to pursue more "green" shipping corridors and phase out the use of sulfur scrubber ships in U.S. waters. They are used to remove sulfur from ship exhaust but release contaminants into the water.

Disclosure: Pacific Environment contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Energy Policy, and Oceans. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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