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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 3, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION A Year Later, L.A.'s Ports Continue Struggling With Clean Air Violators. A year after Neon Tommy first reported trucking companies are making an end-run around stricter clean air rules, Port of Los Angeles officials addressed the Harbor Commission at a meeting about its own investigation into the problem. Under the end-run practice, a clean truck takes cargo a short distance outside port gates where it meets an older, dirtier truck that transports the load to its final destination. Last month the California Air Resources Board, the state’s regulatory emissions agency, voted to outlaw these clean-to-dirty swaps, but it could take up to a year for the statute to take effect. Posted. http://www.neontommy.com/news/2011/01/year-later-ports-continuing-struggling-clean-air-violators CLIMATE CHANGE Predicting the Climate-Changed City of the Future. Imagine the commute of the future: "The Jetsons," or more "Blade Runner"? Will family sedans crisscross in blue skies, or will machines crawl past craggy skylines in perpetual night? Such visions are staples of the entertainment business but deservedly scarce in universities, government and industry. None have the crystal ball that shows which future technologies and behaviors -- some of which would surely astonish today's city slicker -- have become routine. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/03/03climatewire-predicting-the-climate-changed-city-of-the-f-70805.html Budget Deficit Could Make Gov. Brown's 2011 Climate To-Do List Daunting. Democrats in the Legislature have introduced a bill to mandate a Renewable Portfolio Stamdard of 33 percent by 2020. For California, indisputably the nation’s leader on climate policies, 2011 is likely to be a year in which the state comfortably widens its lead. From auto emissions standards to the construction of solar and wind farms, California is expected to take major steps forward. The first step will be decidedly backward, however. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS26837758320110103 California Moves To Cap Greenhouse Gases. The measure sets a statewide limit on the emissions from sources responsible for 80% of California’s greenhouse-gas emissions and establishes a price signal needed to drive long-term investment in cleaner fuels and the more efficient use of energy, according to CARB. The regulation is designed to provide covered entities with the flexibility to seek out and implement the lowest-cost options to reduce emissions. Posted. http://greensource.construction.com/news/2010/101228Greenhouse_Gases.asp GREEN ENERGY San Joaquin Valley Utilities And Firms Work To Meet Green Energy Mandates. The sun performed as promised at Jim Jasper's business near Newman. He installed about 4,000 panels that capture solar energy for use in processing almonds at Stewart & Jasper Orchards. Jasper said he expects to save as much as $250,000 on his Pacific Gas & Electric Co. bill each year. But he said something else that gets to the crux of the renewable energy debate: "It doesn't pencil out without the subsidies." Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/01/02/1495066/green-energy-gets-real.html#ixzz19zY4shOG The 10 Most Hopeful Green Business Stories of 2010. There's a lot to be said for viewing the year just passed through the rear-view window. Toyota's hybrids hit the wall, so to speak, in terms of being seen as a paragon of safety. BP spouted all too vividly the perils of the petro-based economy. The bigger peril, climate change (or global warming, or whatever it's called) became, somehow, a non-issue, politically speaking. Indeed, the political climate in the United States turned against pretty much all things environmental. Meanwhile, toxic substances and gender-bending chemicals found their way into everything from mattresses to baby bottles. I could go on. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS343483219420110103 VEHICLES DOWNEY: 1 Million Electric Cars. Outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had his Million Solar Roofs Plan. Will incoming Gov. Jerry Brown have a Million Electric Cars Plan? It is the hope of an influential environmental group that Brown will. Persuading the new governor to launch such a bold initiative is one of Environment California's top priorities for the New Year. The group mentioned the idea in a letter that went out with holiday cards in December. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/columnists/downey/article_9c45d981-8a90-57bd-90a5-df22059cdcb2.html DIESEL EMISSIONS California Air Resources Board To Help Fund Switcher Particulate Filter Project In L.A. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently selected a switching locomotive particulate filter demonstration in Los Angeles among several projects the board plans to help fund. The selected projects will advance clean-engine technologies that can reduce locomotive emissions, according to CARB. The partners pursuing the L.A. project include Union Pacific Railroad, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., and Johnson Matthey. The partners plan to test a Johnson Matthey diesel particulate filter system on a switcher operating at the ports. Posted. http://www.progressiverailroading.com/news/article/California-Air-Resources-Board-to-help-fund-switcher-particulate-filter-project-in-LA--25372 OPINION Working Together, We Can Clean Our Air. Can the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District do more to get buy-in from the people of Kern County and the Central Valley? Does the regional air-quality agency simply have an image problem? Or does this come down to a public that's not willing to make the necessary sacrifices to return the Central Valley's air to a state of reasonable healthfulness? Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/editorials/x437101336/Working-together-we-can-clean-our-air Like Day, Night Lunacy Follows Liberalism. It's an almost seamless transition from the concept of fantasy vs. reality that I wrote about last week to what can be properly categorized as lunacy in so much of what passes for conventional wisdom by our friends on the left. The catchy headline from the December 23 Daily News, "She thinks my tractor's smoggy," belied just such lunacy of regulation, spending and junk science. Suggesting little controversy, the article described how over $27,000 of state grant money would replace one 1989 tractor, while other unspecified funds would replace other tractors. Posted. http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/opinion/ci_16998652 BLOGS California's New Eco-Laws: Curbs On Toxics, Tax Breaks For Green Business. A slew of new environmental laws in California is on the books for 2011, including measures to outlaw the use of cadmium in children's jewelry, allow the conversion of offshore oil rigs into artificial reefs, and offer sales-tax exemptions for equipment for green businesses. The state's brutal recession and high unemployment were cited by businesses fighting increased regulation over the past year. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/01/environmental-legislation-2010-california.html Battle Brews over EPA's New Emissions Regulations. All in all, 2010 was a year to forget for environmentalists — carbon cap-and-trade legislation died, international climate talks sputtered and even the clean-tech market took a hit — and 2011 isn't looking much better. The incoming class of Republicans taking over the House in January features no shortage of members who deny the connection between man-made greenhouse-gas emissions and a warming planet — let alone think it's worth trying to lower those emissions. Posted. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2040485,00.html#ixzz19zYuO0Vm