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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 10, 2011. California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 7, 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 Socal Air District Considers Emission Credits. The governing board for Southern California's anti-smog agency is expected to consider a plan that would allow companies to pollute by purchasing emission credits. The Clean Air Act requires new sources of air pollution to offset their emissions by reducing emissions elsewhere in an effort to prevent overall air quality from getting worse. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/01/07/financial/f095052S43.DTL#ixzz1AePSGZKX Vote Delayed On Calif. Air Pollution Program. After more than two hours of public comment, the governing board of Southern California's anti-smog agency postponed voting Friday on a controversial plan that would allow companies to pollute by purchasing emission credits. The South Coast Air Quality Management District board instead decided to vote on the issue at its February meeting. The Clean Air Act allows for the creation of a market where a company that reduces pollution can sell the credits to other facilities that produce emissions. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-07/vote-delayed-on-calif-air-pollution-program.html Slashing Pollution without Job Losses Is Aim of Shasta County Officials. Recent laws aimed at curbing California’s greenhouse gas emissions will kill jobs, critics say. But government officials and industry leaders in Shasta County are working on a plan to cut emissions while protecting jobs in forestry, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, utilities, power generation construction, transportation and other key sectors in the local economy. Over time, efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions could even create several- dozen jobs across the north state, planners believe. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2011/jan/08/slashing-pollution-without-job-losses/ CLIMATE CHANGE Senate Dems Gear Up to Battle House GOP on EPA's Climate Regs. House Republicans ready to unravel U.S. EPA's work on greenhouse gas emissions are beginning to find a newly invigorated opposition on the other side of the Capitol. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) yesterday put the new House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman on notice by name, vowing to "use every tool available to me" to prevent a derailing of carbon emissions regulations by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.). Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/01/07/07greenwire-senate-dems-gear-up-to-battle-house-gop-on-epa-22835.html Newly Empowered Republicans Float Bills to Block EPA's Air Regs. Three days into the new Congress, rank-and-file Republicans in the House are quickly making it clear that one of their main priorities will be blocking new air regulations from U.S. EPA -- and not just the ones that are aimed at climate change. On the climate side, with top-ranking Republicans promising to pass legislation that would block agency actions they see as harmful to the economy, there are already plenty of options on the table. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/01/07/07greenwire-newly-empowered-republicans-float-bills-to-blo-20939.html Climate Change May Continue for at Least a Millennium. Climate change may be unstoppable for the next millennium. Rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere will affect the climate for at least another 1,000 years, based on a simulation by researchers at Canada’s University of Victoria and University of Calgary. That will cause the West Antarctic ice sheet to collapse by the year 3000 and raise sea levels by 4 meters (13 feet), it showed. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-10/climate-change-may-continue-for-a-millennium-researchers-say.html Climate Change Reveals Disease As National Security Threat. Washington — One of the most worrisome national security threats of climate change is the spread of disease, among both people and animals, U.S. intelligence and health officials say. But more than a decade after such concerns were first raised by U.S. intelligence agencies, significant gaps remain in the health surveillance and response network — not just in developing nations, but in the United States as well, according to those officials and a review of federal documents and reports. Posted. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/10/v-print/106405/climate-change-reveals-disease.html China Moves Toward Carbon Emissions Trading To Improve Energy Efficiency And Competitiveness. Shanghai -- When Professor Chen Hongbo tried to promote carbon trading in China three years ago, he found himself under fire. As developing countries like China aren't obliged to limit the byproduct of their economic growth, opponents argued vehemently that they saw no need to motivate Chinese industries to either emit less greenhouse gases or pay for their emissions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/10/1 Inertia Makes CO2 Emissions A 1,000-Year Problem – Report. Climate change will persist -- and in some parts of the world, intensify -- for 1,000 years or more after the world stops burning fossil fuels, according to research published online yesterday by the journal Nature Geoscience. Other studies, including a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, have reached a similar conclusion: that climate change is essentially irreversible from the standpoint of a human lifetime. Much of the inertia built into Earth's climate comes from its seas. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/10/4 Climate Change may Ruin Sierras and Delta. Say your goodbyes to the Sierras, the California Delta, and the state of Hawaii now, because they might not be around for much longer. A new study by the Endangered Species Coalition says that many American landmarks face destruction due to climate change, according to the Gate. Some places will get warmer, others colder; some dryer, some wetter. New species will invade and others will vanish, rendering the landscape unrecognizable. Posted. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/green/Climate-Chance-may-Ruin-Sierras-and-Delta-113089779.html Republicans Launch Swift Attack on Obama's Climate Change Agenda. As widely anticipated, Republicans in the House of Representatives have wasted no time with their efforts to neuter the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using the first two days of legislative business to introduce several bills that would strip the watchdog of its right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1935500/republicans-launch-swift-attack-obamas-climate-change-agenda DIESEL Diesel Truck Owners Offered One-Day Briefing on New Rules. With new air quality regulations in the wind, state and local government agencies will be holding a one-day diesel "truckapalloza" for the local trucking industry on Jan. 22 at the Caltrans offices in Old Town. All diesel-fueled trucks, buses, trailers and refrigeration units operating in California, including those based out of state, are being required to take steps to reduce air pollution. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/07/diesel-truck-owners-offered-one-day-briefing-new-r/ Garden Grove Schools Get 13 Clean-Air Buses. The Garden Grove Unified School District received a $195,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District that will allow officials to buy 13 additional environmentally-friendly school buses powered by compressed natural gas, district officials announced Friday. The latest AQMD award brings the total amount of grants the school district has received for these lower-emission buses to $2.2 million, according to a statement, which also says that the district will provide $15,000 per bus in matching funds for a total contribution of $195,000. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/buses-283203-district-school.html GREEN ENERGY Urban Communities Aid Green Issues. We know there will be something important on the ballot related to the environment. We want to get people to vote who are the most impacted and haven't voted historically," said Ian Kim, campaign manager for Communities United against Proposition 23, now Communities United for Clean Energy and Jobs. Kim and his cohorts are still riding high from the successful campaign to stop Proposition 23, which would have suspended California's Global Warming Solutions Act. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/08/INF81H3LSV.DTL#ixzz1AeUavdPW 'Greener' Weapons Station Development. A climate action plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station shows how a mix of zoning rules, building regulations and transportation policies should significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions created by development there. The city released the plan this week, laying out the nuts and bolts of how development at the base can be accomplished cutting per-capita emissions 40 percent by 2030 from what they would be without the "green" rules. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/growth/ci_17038514?nclick_check=1 DOE Starts At The Top In Bid To Cut Emissions, Set Good Example. To gain access to the latest energy advancement at the Department of Energy's headquarters complex in Washington, D.C., you must travel a maze of hallways and find the door marked with the cryptic code "1E029." Once through the door, you start a dizzying, claustrophobic climb up a metal spiral staircase. You pass what might or might not be a working security camera lying on the concrete floor and reach an imposing metal door. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/10/6 Why Electric Vehicles Will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. A recent article by John Peterson argued that electric vehicles will take us backward in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that today's hybrid cars are more effective in reducing GHGs. Peterson's commentary rests on recent research by Carnegie Mellon University regarding life-cycle emissions of various vehicle types. Posted. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/01/why-electric-vehicles-will-significantly-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions VEHICLES Toyota Maintains That Hybrids Are Better Than Evs. More than 10 years after the release of the Prius, Toyota pushes to maintain its lead in environmental automobile technology, a role that is growing more competitive with the recent resurgence in electric vehicles (EVs). Both GM and Nissan released EVs last month, the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, respectively. Ford plans to release an all-electric version of its popular Focus model later this year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/10/11 Argonne Technology Could Double Range For Electric Cars. A small piece of a battery developed at Argonne National Laboratory may end up being the turning point in the technology of electric cars, doubling their range while reducing their weight and extending their lives. The composite cathode material Argonne scientists have been revising since 2001 uses a combination of cheaper and lighter materials that allow the batteries to be charged at a higher voltage. That can increase energy storage by as much as 100 percent over the current conventional cathode material. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/10/18 MISCELLANEOUS Health Concerns Gain Traction In Calif. The newest opposition to "smart" electric meters is gaining traction -- even if its validity is questionable. Amid claims of malfunctioning meters, privacy issues and dubious economic value, health issues stemming from electromagnetic waves are the latest objection that smart meter opponents have seized upon to block California's multibillion-dollar rollout. Northern California residents and lawmakers have been sounding the alarm for the past year, saying that the meters, when layered on top of microwaves, cell phones, wireless routers and other emitters, are the final straw. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/10/3 OPINION At Least Some Politicians Get It. Advocates of federal action to address climate change had little to cheer about in 2010. The prospects may be even grimmer this year, with nearly every important committee chair in the now Republican-controlled House dismissing the threat of global warming or the human contribution to it. As Congress dawdles and denies, some states are moving forward. Massachusetts recently announced a plan to curb emissions from homes, cars and factories by one-fourth below 1990 levels over 10 years … Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/opinion/10mon3.html A `Truth Rule' For State Air Board? 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.presstelegram.com/opinions/ci_17045614 BLOGS Attacking the EPA: Scary Myths and Scarier Realities. Only a couple of days into the new Congress, Representative Mary Blackburn and at least 46 colleagues have proposed an air-pollution solution that's both simple and ingenious: Pass a law declaring that pollutants aren't pollutants. Blackburn's bill, H.R. 97, states: "The term 'air pollutant' shall not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarb ons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride." If only it were that simple. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/mbrune/detail?entry_id=80587#ixzz1AePzGB8c