This week is Air Quality Awareness Week, and none too soon as a great deal of education is needed about our current air quality and how different power plants and transportation systems affect the air we breathe.
Go to http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/index.html.
EPA has created an Air Quality Index and scales for 5 pollutants--ground level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. The scales come with color codes for air quality ranging from green for healthy to dark purple for hazardous
You can see local air quality forecasts everyday by going to http://www.airnow.gov/. See what the air is like right now in Pennsylvania for example.
Cleaning up, refueling with gas, or closing 40 plus year old power plants and replacing black smoke belching diesel buses and trucks with natural gas powered vehicles are among the best things that can be done to finish the job of cleaning our air.
As the natural gas industry builds its production infrastructure in Pennsylvania, it is vital that the cleanest engine options be installed so that the mistakes in Wyoming are not repeated.
Other things that help substantially are conserving energy, building renewable energy projects, and buying clean electricity products that are now available in every electric service territory in Pennsylvania.