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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 6, 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 New California Governor Brown Reappoints CARB Chairman Nichols. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday, Jan. 5, announced his reappointment of Mary Nichols as chairman of the California Air Resources Board. “I am delighted to join the Brown administration and be reappointed as chairman of the California Air Resources Board,” Nichols says. “I look forward to continuing the work of ARB to clean California’s air, protect the public’s health and help drive the development of clean and more efficient energy sources and technologies to power our state’s economy and generate new green jobs.” Posted. http://www.ccjdigital.com/new-california-governor-brown-reappoints-carb-chairman-nichols/ http://www.favstocks.com/california-governor-brown-reappoints-mary-nichols-as-arb-chair/0530825/ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/06/BAI51H4NSO.DTL&type=printable http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_17019165 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-06/ca-gov-names-top-advisers-wife-to-serve-unpaid.html Tractor Replacement Application Deadline Extended. A grant program to help replace agricultural tractors has expanded the application period and eligibility. Applications are still being accepted, and more applicants are eligible for a new air district incentive program that replaces off-road agricultural tractors. The program application period runs through Jan. 31. Funding for the program comes from a combination of local, state and federal sources. Posted. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2011/01/05/1717232/tractor-replacement-application.html#ixzz1AH2KXgSr Climate Change Coalition Declares Sierra, Delta Habitats Threatened By Climate Change. Both the Sierra Nevada and the San Francisco Bay-Delta have been named by environmental groups to a new list of 10 American habitats threatened by climate change. The list was released Wednesday by the Endangered Species Coalition, a network of hundreds of conservation groups in the United States. The 10 threatened habitats – deemed most important for endangered species in a warming world – were selected by a panel of 10 scientists from across the country representing academia and the conservation community. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/06/3302970/coalition-declares-sierra-delta.html# Analysis: Obama under Pressure to Delay EPA Carbon Rules. The Obama administration is facing intense pressure from all sides to delay its efforts to limit greenhouse gases, but don't expect it to call off its chief enforcer on climate -- the EPA -- without a fight. Congress failed last year to pass a climate change bill and into this vacuum has been thrust the Environmental Protection Agency -- a symbol of government excess for the political right but an institution of last resort for environmentalists. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7043VX20110105 Famed Global-Warming Critic Speaks In O.C. In the public debate over climate change, it's hard to find a more controversial figure than S. Fred Singer. A leader among climate-change "skeptics," Singer has published a small library of books on the subject. He regularly delivers his verdict in public talks: that climate change is a natural process, unrelated to human activity and unlikely to have the harmful effects predicted by many scientists. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/change-282875-climate-singer.html US House Republican Power Shift Could Impact US Energy, Climate Policy. Republicans took control of the US House of Representatives Wednesday and their dual goals of slashing federal spending and eliminating what they call "job-killing" government regulations could significantly alter US energy and climate-change policy. Representative John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, is scheduled to make his first speech as speaker of the House at about 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT). Posted. http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/6725662 Green Energy Mapping California's Worldbeating Cleantech Boom. Of all the companies around the world that the UK's Guardian called out for its second annual Global Cleantech 100, roughly a third are based in California. The list spans technologies including energy generation, storage and efficiency; water and waste water; transportation and others. The special report includes an interactive map of where the firms are located. It makes an interesting study by itself, showing a dense cluster of 31 firms over California, with a smattering of others around the US. About a dozen are concentrated in a few northeastern states. Four are located in China, two in India. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/01/05/mapping-californias-worldbeating-cleantech-boom/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader California Leads the Way in New Energy Efficiency Standards. As of this week, 100-watt incandescent bulbs manufactured after Jan. 1, 2011 can not be sold in California stores. The new law means a former 100-watt bulb will have to use 72 watts or less, or be 28% more efficient. The 72-watt replacement bulb will provide the same amount of light (measured in "lumens") for lower energy costs. Adam Gottlieb, spokesman for The California Energy Commission, said the Golden State is the first state in the country to enact the new light bulb efficiency standards outlined under federal law. Posted. http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=115751&catid=2 Green Goods Movement: Port of Long Beach. Once home to the naval ships of World War II, and my grandfather, a naval officer on the Hornet, the Port of Long Beach is now part of the largest port complex in the United States. When combined with its twin port, the Port of Los Angeles (to be featured in my next piece), it is the 5th busiest port complex in the world and receives nearly 40% of all containers imported into the United States. With approximately 7 Million TEUs (containers) passing through the port each day, it is the port of entry for approximately 64% of all container traffic from Asia. Posted. http://www.greengrowthcc.com/2011/01/06/green-goods-movement-port-of-long-beach/ Vehicles Technology That Breaks the Car Industry Mold. As the auto industry faces tougher fuel-economy standards, engineers are working on longer-term fixes for what ails today's models: too much weight, inefficient engines, a troubled fuel source for gasoline-powered cars and recalcitrant batteries in electric ones. Here's a look at four technologies that could make cars more environmentally friendly. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704405704576064091264764416-lMyQjAxMTAxMDAwNTEwNDUyWj.html Opinion Why Not Solar Power in the Desert? Here’s Why. We’ve all grown up in love with the idea of renewable energy helping to reduce our negative impact on the planet. So now that renewable energy projects are being proposed in high numbers out in the desert, many people wonder what all the controversy is about. After all, the desert is where the sun shines brightest. So why are the environmentalists still not happy? Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/06/why-not-solar-power-in-the-desert-heres-why/ Blogs Climate News Snooze? Has media coverage of human-driven climate change gone away, or gone undercover, as was the case for this CBS radio reporter seeking a quiet zone at Copenhagen climate talks a year ago? If so, does this matter? In my year-end summary post over the weekend, I touched on some analysis showing, unsurprisingly, that after several years of heavy exposure, global warming, the greatest story rarely told, had reverted to its near perpetual position on the far back shelf of the public consciousness — if not back in the freezer. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/climate-news-snooze/?partner=rss&emc=rss Boxer: EPA Climate Delay Bill Could Pass, But Would Be Rejected By Obama. One of the Senate’s most liberal lawmakers signaled Wednesday that there may be enough support there to pass legislation delaying the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), one of the strongest advocates in the upper chamber for reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, warned that such legislation, if passed, would likely be rejected by President Obama. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/136205-boxer-epa-climate-delay-bill-could-pass-senate-but-will-be-rejected-by-obama