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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 14, 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. VEHICLES Transit Expert Speaks At League Of Women Voters Luncheon. The Woodland League of Women Voters invites everyone to their 17th annual State of the Community luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Woodland United Methodist Church in Woodland. The Woodland League has been studying climate change and sustainability of resources over the last two years. In keeping with this they have invited Dr. Dan Sperling, the director of the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies to speak. In his talk titled "Toward Two Billion Cars and What to Do About it," Dr. Sperling will address whether this is sustainable not only in the U.S. but worldwide. Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_17095274 California May Have The Highest Costs For Charging Electric Vehicles, Study Says. The state's tiered rate system, in which rates rise as people use more power, could make owning plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles more expensive than in other states. Californians may end up paying the highest electricity rates in the country to charge their electric vehicles, a new study says. The state's tiered rate system, in which customers are charged higher rates as they use more electricity, could make plug-in hybrid and battery-powered vehicles more costly to own, according to a Purdue University study. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-fi-autos-electric-rates-20110114,0,5583251,print.story CalStart to Manage CARB Hybrid and Electric Incentive Program. The California Air Resources Board has chosen CalStart for the second year in a row to manage the nation's largest incentive program for hybrid and electric trucks and buses. Last year's program resulted in the purchase of more than 650 hybrid trucks in California. The CARB Hybrid Vehicle Incentive Program (HVIP), initiated in late 2009, encourages fleet operators to purchase hybrid trucks instead of conventional ones. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-print.asp?news_id=72712 MIT Panel Says Charging Infrastructure, Not Technology, May Be The Bigger Roadblock For Electric Vehicles. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology report, issued yesterday, concludes that creating a nationwide infrastructure for electric vehicles appears to be a bigger challenge than producing affordable batteries to power the cars. The report, authored by professors Ernest Moniz and John Deutch, summarizes an MIT symposium last year on the electric vehicle. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/14/2 AIR POLLUTION LNG and Pollution, Questions and Answers. We asked SDG&E spokesman Art Larson to answer some questions via e-mail about the use of LNG in the county, then ran his responses past Bob Kard, who heads the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. Question: The air pollution folks in San Diego aren't just concerned about its use in vehicles, but also homes and businesses, and say that its use in San Diego would lead to an additional 4 to 5 tons of pollutants in our air. How do you respond to that allegation? Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/13/lng-and-pollution-questions-and-answers/ Gas From Afar Pollutes Here, Critics Say. San Diego’s air quality folks are worried that natural gas imported from overseas could erase decades of work cleaning San Diego’s air. County officials say that San Diego Gas & Electric, which operates the region’s natural gas pipelines and distribution lines, is allowing the import of the extra-polluting gas and hasn’t taken steps to minimize its impact. “If you’re doing something today that is increasing the emissions in the air, you have an obligation to clean that up,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who also serves on the state Air Resources Board. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/13/gas-from-afar-pollutes-here-critics-say/ CLIMATE CHANGE California Carbon Market May ‘Hurt’ Refiners, S&P Says. California’s planned cap-and-trade program to cut greenhouse gases may hurt the credit of refinery owners in the state, such as Tesoro Corp. and Valero Energy Corp., Standard & Poor’s said. Companies with California refineries will have to buy “a substantial number of carbon credits” in the program that is set to start next year, a “potential adverse development” for corporate credit, New York-based S&P said today in a report. The California Air Resources Board approved last month the cap-and-trade regulation that will force power plants, refineries, factories, cars and trucks in the state to cut their pollution roughly 15 percent by 2020. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-01-13/california-carbon-market-may-hurt-some-oil-refiners-s-p-says.html Proponents of California’s Global Warming Law Were Against Renewables Before They Were For Them. Just forget about that whole global warming scare that was still in vogue up until just over a year ago before the “climategate” scandal erupted, to say nothing of updated research that interlinks natural forces with warming and cooling trends as opposed to human activity. In fact, over 1,000 scientists from the across the globe have gone on record to question earlier claims advanced through the United Nations that have been used to justify “cap and trade” schemes modeled after the Kyoto Protocol of 1997. Posted. http://biggovernment.com/kmooney/2011/01/13/proponents-of-californias-global-warming-law-were-against-renewables-before-they-were-for-them/ East Asian Businesses Snub Cap And Trade. Companies in Japan and South Korea have taken stances opposing carbon emissions markets, saying the system would harm business. The Federation of Korean Industries stated that an emissions trading scheme would add to the cost of doing business, unless Japan and China also initiate a scheme. Keidanren, Japan's largest business lobby, said 61 of 64 companies opposed the introduction of carbon trading, according to a survey from September. Japan and South Korea are two of Asia's top carbon emitters. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/14/9 GREEN ENERGY Which Cities Charge Exhorbitant Fees For Solar Permits? If you’re a business hankering to save the planet in San Clemente, a permit to install solar panels will set you back nearly $14,000. If you’re a business hankering to save the planet in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo or Laguna Beach, it will cost you nothing. Some Orange County cities are strangling progress by charging exorbitant fees for solar installation permits, the Sierra Club says. Posted. http://taxdollars.ocregister.com/2011/01/13/which-cities-charge-exhorbitant-solar-permit-fees/72540/ China Has The Highest Wind Power Capacity In The World, According To Its Official Government News Agency. Last year it added 62 percent -- or 16 gigawatts -- in new wind power capacity, the Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. By the end of 2010, the country's total wind power capacity stood at 41.8 gigawatts. That ranks slightly higher than U.S. capacity, which measured 40.2 gigawatts by the end of last year. The United States added 5 gigawatts in capacity last year. The report didn't specify the amount of Chinese capacity able to access power transmission and distribution networks. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/14/11 Calif. Agency Mulls 'Opt Out' Or Wired Substitutes As Fallout Persists. San Francisco -- A burst of opposition to smart meters in a Northern California county appears to have turned heads in the state commission with jurisdiction over the emerging technology, with at least two prominent officials yesterday signaling they would consider letting consumers opt out. In separate interviews, California Public Utilities Commission members Nancy Ryan and Timothy Simon said they were open to looking at new policies that would either let ratepayers reject smart meter installation outright or pursue wired rather than wireless connections. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/14/1 In Los Angeles, Officials Announce Attainment of a Cleaner-Energy Goal. Although solar electricity is still a tiny fraction of its portfolio, Los Angeles officials have made progress in adding renewable energy and are marking the milestone of obtaining 20 percent of the city’s power from renewables in 2010. The total actually comes to 19.7 percent, officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported, but the trend is clear. Posted. http://solarhbj.com/news/los-angeles-officials-mark-attainment-of-cleaner-energy-milestone-01294 OPINION The Energy Deal That's Still Possible. President Obama promised in the fall that a top priority of his legislative program for 2011 would be an energy policy "that helps us grow at the same time as it deals with climate change in a serious way." With global warming deniers now in charge of the House of Representatives, there would seem to be little hope for major legislation on clean energy or climate in this Congress. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/13/AR2011011306212_pf.html Editorial: Reasons to Cool It on Global Warming. A man perhaps as responsible as anyone for debunking global warming hysteria was in town last week to speak to the curious and the converted at Chapman University. Dr. Fred Singer also spoke with us about the state of global warming. Dr. Singer, chairman of the Science and Environmental Policy Project and professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, concedes that global warming alarmists persist in their efforts to control our lives, fortunes and economies, but he notes that opposition from scientists and others like him have significantly impeded that cause. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/-284004--.html Air Pollution Isn’t Just Dirty, It’s Poisonous! I spent the year-end holidays in a surprising way: helping friends set up a nursery. They are expecting a baby in March, but when troubling signs of a premature delivery threatened, the mother was rushed into the hospital and put on bed rest. She’s one of the busiest, most active people I know, so the next few months (touch wood) aren’t going to be easy for her. But she will do whatever it takes to protect her infant. Posted. http://www.favstocks.com/air-pollution-isnt-just-dirty-its-poisonous/1431267/ BLOGS Largest Renewable Energy Projects of 2010. A recently published round-up of the biggest renewable energy projects completed during the year shows that, despite the global recession, the renewable energy sector remained buoyant during 2010. The list of record-breaking projects was put together by the editors of Renewable Energy World. Offshore wind. 2010 was the year in which offshore wind came of age. Posted. http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.printerfriendly/id/21719 GE Begins Move Into Green Data Centers With $520 Million Deal. GE wants a slice of the burgeoning green-data-centers pie — and it’s willing to spend half a billion dollars to get it. The company, which manufactures everything from wind turbines to electric car charging stations, announced today it has acquired power conversion technology company Lineage Power for $520 million from Gores Group; an offering that GE says will help it leverage huge opportunities in telecom and making data centers more efficient. Posted. http://venturebeat.com/2011/01/13/ge-kicks-off-green-data-center-play-with-520-million-acquisition/ Ports Of Los Angeles And Long Beach To Test New Seawater Scrubber Device To Cut Vessel Emissions. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are co-sponsoring a project to test a seawater scrubber system for the first time on a container ship, beginning this spring. The technology uses seawater to filter pollutants from ships’ auxiliary engines and boilers. The Hamworthy Krystallon Seawater Scrubber is designed to run cold but can be operated at temperatures up to 450°C. Posted. http://www.favstocks.com/ports-of-los-angeles-and-long-beach-to-test-new-seawater-scrubber-device-to-cut-vessel-emissions/1331227/