Senator Tom Carper’s committee on nuclear safety held a hearing on black carbon.
During the hearing, Senator Carper told his colleagues on the Subcommittee on Nuclear Safety that cleaning up black carbon and emissions from dirty diesel engines has created an opportunity for lawmakers to work across the aisle and find a low-cost solution to what’s being called a “global health problem.” Carper explained that black carbon particles comprise a large part of the U.S.’s fine particulate matter pollution. He described how once it gets into the air, they absorb heat from the sun, warming up the atmosphere and accelerating melting if it lands on snow or ice.
The EPA estimates that there are 11 million older diesel engines that lack current pollution control technology.
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