Author Archives: John Blair

EPA projects Climate Change issues for Indiana

August 25, 2016 – Fact Sheet from USEPA Indiana’s climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed about one degree (F) in the last century. Floods are becoming more frequent, and ice cover on the Great Lakes is forming … Continue reading






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Ten years ago today Ryan Owens, 16 may have been a victim of the region’s air pollution

July 19, 2016 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor I sent the following letter to the editors of the Evansville Courier Press and the Henderson Gleaner to commemorate the sad tenth anniversary of Henderson HS football player, Ryan Owens.  “Ryan … Continue reading






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Valley Watch asks regional congressional delegation to oppose Trans Pacific Partnership

July 5, 2016, by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Several months ago, Valley Watch, Inc.’s board passed a resolution asking our regional congressional delegation to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership. Since the TPP is now up for further debate in Congress, we … Continue reading






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Monthly coal use for U.S. power falls to lowest since 1978: EIA

June 27, 2016 – by Scott DiSavino, Reuters Coal used to generate U.S. power fell in April to its lowest monthly level since 1978, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report. Coal-fired power plants generated just 72.2 million … Continue reading






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Rutter: Not much reason for Hoosiers to celebrate Earth Day

April 25, 2016 – by Dave Rutter in the Chicago Tribune We’ve celebrated Earth Day for 46 years to inspire ourselves, challenge old ideas and motivate people to take care of their planet. Sometimes it works. Sometimes no one really … Continue reading






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POLAR BEAR LOVE: Cute polar bear cubs lovin’ up their mamma

April 4, 2016 – Video by Andrew Manske on YouTube Two adorable newborn polar bear cubs play with their mother while they journey to the frozen sea. One cute cub climbs and hangs off mother’s back. Features cubs play-fighting and … Continue reading






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Will Indiana taxpayers be left holding the bag for Peabody Energy’s irresponsibility?

March 16, 2016 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. It should be noted that Valley Watch has oft challenged Peabody Energy and is proud to say that we took them on and won an important eight year battle to kill their proposed … Continue reading






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Doctor’s prescription: Less I&M pollution

March 8, 2016 – by Dr. Norma Kreilein in the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette Doctor sees effects of Rockport coal plant on her young patients As a pediatrician in southwest Indiana, I regularly see young patients come into my office struggling … Continue reading






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Watching coal plants crumble to a Tchaikovsky score is insanely satisfying

February 26, 2016 – by Melissa Cronin in Grist Hearing the news that a coal plant, a facility that once belched CO2, mercury, sulphur, nitrogen oxides, and other hazardous chemicals into the air, is shutting down is certainly a cause to celebrate. Seeing … Continue reading






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Yes, it Crocus time of the year

February 23, 2016 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. Sometimes it happens as early as January, this year it was late February but one sure sign of good things to come is the appearance of crocus which are always the … Continue reading






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Cardinals arrive at my bird feeder for Valentines Day

February 14, 2016 – Photo © 2016 BlairPhotoEVV Several Cardinals finally found my bird feeder today. This one seems to be talking to me, asking how he should pose. 






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Indiana already at risk of Flint-style water problems

February 12, 2016 – by Mary Dieter in the Indiana Business Journal The school counselor told her it would shave just a few points off her child’s IQ. That’s what a mother said in an interview in Flint, Michigan, where … Continue reading






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If Flint water is unsafe, what about yours?

January 27, 2016 – By Jasmine Watts in Great lakes Echo. Editor’s Note: Evansville has had its own lead problem and although not as ubiquitous and pervasive as the problem in Flint, it was every bit as much of a … Continue reading






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Alcoa To cease smelter operation at Warrick facility

600 Employees facing termination January 7, 2016 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Alcoa, the largest primary aluminum producer in the nation announced today that it is permanently shutting down smelter operation at its Warrick facility which was the largest smelter … Continue reading






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