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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 5, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Boardís Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Air Regulators Ask For No Burning This Week in Bay Area. Air pollution regulators are asking Bay Area residents to refrain from burning wood fires this week because of weather conditions that trap smoke near the ground and could spur a mandatory burning ban on Thursday and Friday. In a new clean air strategy this cold season, this is the third time the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has asked the public not to burn in an effort to reduce smoke. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17010504?nclick_check=1 Imported Natural Gas Raises Health, Pollution Concerns. Some San Diegans are concerned that SDG&E is contributing to the area's air pollution through using a process that imports natural gas from other countries. The imported gas is piped into San Diego through a pipeline operated by Sempra Energy and SDG&E in Baja California. When the liquid natural gas is shipped overseas, it can be delivered at minus 260 degrees. But when it's heated, the gas generates more air pollutants that could affect air quality and health. Posted. http://www.10news.com/news/26372818/detail.html Farmers Hesitant To Purchase Cleaner Tractors. In an effort to comply with newly tightened air regulations, tractor manufacturers are introducing less-polluting models, but farmers are reluctant to purchase the vehicles. The Tier 4 standards, a part of U.S. EPA's air regulations, require new nonroad diesel engines to produce fewer nitrous oxides. Tractor makers have accomplished this task by building vehicles that will convert exhaust to mostly water vapor and atmospheric nitrogen, reducing the risk of acid rain. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/05/11 CLIMATE CHANGE Scientist Proves Conservatism And Belief In Climate Change Aren't Incompatible. According to the conventional wisdom that liberals accept climate change and conservatives don't, Kerry Emanuel is an oxymoron. Emanuel sees himself as a conservative. He believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He backs a strong military. He almost always votes Republican and admires Ronald Reagan. Emanuel is also a highly regarded professor of atmospheric science at MIT. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-scientist-climate-20110105,0,6481221.story Study: No-Till Farming Reduces Greenhouse Gas. Cropland that's left unplowed between harvests releases significantly smaller amounts of a potent greenhouse gas than conventionally plowed fields, according to a new study that suggests no-till farming can combat global warming. Researchers said the findings could also help farmers make more efficient use of the costly nitrogen-based fertilizers used to promote plant growth. No-till farming apparently slows the breakdown of fertilizers in the soil, they said. Posted. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132669531 Solar Power Notches 2 Victories, Sort Of. Two recent developments in California solar policy aim to make it easier for small-scale renewable energy projects to connect to the grid, but it's unclear how much they will help the smallest developers. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided last month to require the state's three investor-owned utilities to hold quarterly auctions to build renewable energy projects up to 20 megawatts in size until a total of 1 gigawatt (1,000 MW) is reached. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/05/3 New Year Offers Buffet Of New State Regulations. California has a new environmental regulation for just about everyone. The grab bag of rules that took effect this week will -- among other things -- change the way Californians insure cars, buy light bulbs and build buildings. Drivers for the first time can shop for "pay as you drive" insurance policies that will reward them for reducing the time they spend sitting in traffic. The first such policies, which are pegged to actual mileage audits, are now being offered by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and the Automobile Club of Southern California, with other companies expected to follow suit. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/05/4 Congress To Obama: You Canít Regulate Carbon Emissions. Obama To Congress: Watch Me. In the first two years of his term, President Obama fought a number of pitched battles with Congress, from healthcare reform to financial regulation reform. He won more than he lost, but one issue on which he lost spectacularly was his quest to regulate the emissions of greenhouse gasses through a cap-and-trade system. Republicans were unified in their opposition to what they called a "job-killing cap-and-trade program," and even many Democrats were skeptical; a bill never even came up for a vote. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2011/01/04/congress-to-obama-you-cant-regulate-carbon-emissio/ GHG Emissions Trigger New Air Quality Permitting Requirements. The U.S. EPA has recently promulgated environmental regulations for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that will impose significant new air quality permitting requirements on both new and existing industrial facilities and projects. For new projects in particular, these requirements could substantially affect the associated cost, design, and permitting timelines. Posted. http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/5210/ghg-emissions-trigger-new-air-quality-permitting-requirements/ A 'Bulge' In Atmospheric Pressure Gives Us A Super-Cold Winter Amid Global Warming. Icicle-covered oranges in Florida. The United Kingdom swamped with its coldest December in more than a century. Travelers stranded in airports surrounded by snowy fortresses. These have been some of the dominant images this winter, and now one forecaster says it's going to get colder. Yesterday, an AccuWeather meteorologist predicted that January could be the chilliest for the nation as a whole since the 1980s. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/05/1 GREEN ENERGY Electrifying: A Decade of EV Subsidies. Making electrification a mainstream reality Electrification. Some think itís a joke. A part of a big global warming hoax. And, if you live in the short term, electrification is a pretty silly story. Without massive government subsidies and tax incentives plug-in vehicles are the quickest path to automotive bankruptcy. However, if you think long term, the fungible greatness of electrification offers potential impossible to ignore. Still, how many billions is the path to cost-effective electrification worth? Posted. http://www.favstocks.com/electrifying-a-decade-of-ev-subsidies/0430758/ OPINION Can We Trust The State Air Board To Give The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth? As California's smog-fighting Air Resources Board gets set to impose America's first cap-and-trade rules for fighting the greenhouse gases most scientists believe are helping cause global warming and climate change, it is also considering imposing a "truth" rule on everyone who testifies in its hearings or submits reports to it. For some, that appears a bit ironic right now, as the board has just scaled back diesel particulate pollution regulations that were based on a report whose lead author turned out to have falsified his academic credentials. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17014423 BLOGS Environmentalists Sue to Block A New City In L.A. County. A coalition of environmental and Native American groups has sued the California Department of Fish and Game over permits issued to build 21,000 homes on Los Angeles County's last major tract of undeveloped land. The coalition, which filed the suit Monday in San Francisco County Superior Court, alleges that fish and game officials violated state environmental codes in granting permits Dec. 3 for the controversial Newhall Ranch development. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/01/newhall-ranch-santa-clarita-los-angeles-development.html Scary New Year's Resolutions for Our Air Agency in Southern California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is holding its monthly Governing Board meeting on Friday of this week. The Governing Board sets the policy and makes regulations for the District, which is charged with enforcing clean air laws in the South Coast Air Basin. The South Coast Air Basin is the region that includes all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. Home to more than 16 million residents, the region consistently tops the lists for the filthiest air in the nation. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amartinez/scary_new_years_resolutions_fo.html