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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 25, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Browner Leaving As Top Obama Adviser On Energy, Climate. Washington (AP) — President Barack Obama's top adviser on energy and climate matters is stepping down, two White House officials confirmed Monday. The departure of Carol Browner underscores that there will be no major White House push on climate change, given that such efforts have little chance of succeeding on Capitol Hill. Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President Bill Clinton, will be leaving the White House just as Republicans in Congress prepare to take on the Obama administration over global warming and the administration's response to the massive Gulf oil spill. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-obama-energy-adviser,0,6045828,print.story Scientists' Hopes For Climate Data Are Up In The Air. Shortly after it lifted off in February 2009, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Antarctica. With that, a $250 million investment became scrap metal on the ocean floor and an effort to begin using satellites to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide and trace emission-reduction actions was dealt a huge setback. Scientists say the information the OCO was intended to collect is a crucial piece of the data needed not only by those monitoring the Earth's environment but also by federal officials struggling to understand possible national security implications of those climate changes. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/24/AR2011012404892_pf.html Efforts to Fight Climate Change Revive Optimism. Brussels - For years, China was seen as a major obstacle to global efforts to combat climate change because of its refusal to reduce emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Now, for some, the concern is not that China is moving too slowly but that it is rushing ahead so fast that clean-energy companies in the West will be left in the dust. Demands on China for verifiable monitoring of emissions have been a long-running source of tension in climate negotiations. Posted. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/efforts-to-halt-climate-change-provoke-new-optimism/ Calif. Panel Signals 'Viable' Path Forward For CCS Projects. Carbon capture and storage is a necessary, safe and viable option for California polluters as they eye ways to comply with the greenhouse gas emissions cuts called for under state law, a state-sanctioned panel of scientists, industry officials and environmentalists argue in a new report. The report, from a review panel created a year ago by three state agencies, recommends that California move forward with CCS under the umbrella of its climate change law, A.B. 32, which calls for emissions cuts to 1990 levels by 2020 starting next year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/25/6 Space-Based 'A-Train' Will Provide More Accurate Climate Data. NASA is preparing to launch a satellite designed to study aerosols' influence on Earth's climate and continue a long-standing record of solar energy, measurements that could help improve the accuracy of climate models. Known as Glory, the satellite is set to launch Feb. 23 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California aboard a Taurus XL rocket. Once in space, it will settle into an orbit roughly 440 miles above the Earth. That will place Glory in a line of satellites known as the A-Train, named for their afternoon orbit around the equator. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/25/4 California Report Examines Capture and Storage of Greenhouse Gases. The general public may be mostly in the dark about carbon capture and storage, but California’s increasing focus on greenhouse gas emissions is beginning to shed more light on the subject. Among other things, a recent report titled “Findings and Recommendations by the California Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel” mentions the prospect of using eminent domain to acquire suitable sites for storing carbon dioxide and other gases underground, or transporting compressed C02 in pipelines. Posted. http://solarhbj.com/news/california-report-examines-capture-and-storage-of-greenhouse-gases-01324 DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Touts Results of Diesel Cleanup. A broad range of projects targeting freight transport, funded by state bond money and administered by the California Air Resources Board and air districts, has slashed emissions along trade corridors and near ports, cutting pollution from trucks, trains and ships. More than 5,300 diesel trucks traveling the state's busiest trade routes are being cleaned up, CARB says, thanks to its Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. The program is supported by $1 billion in voter-approved Proposition 1B bonds, of which $450 million has already been allocated. Not all of it is for trucks; some goes to locomotive and stationary diesel engines. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-print.asp?news_id=72782 http://www.ccjdigital.com/carb-touts-diesel-cleanup-program%E2%80%99s-success/ California Claims Success For Its Diesel Cleanup Program. Pollution emissions along trade corridors pollution from trucks, trains and ships has been slashed under the Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, the California Air Resources Board claims. “These ambitious efforts are improving our air quality as well as the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Californians who live near major diesel pollution sources such as busy highways, ports and railyards” says CARB Executive Officer James Goldstene. “We estimate that these projects will eliminate more than 3 million pounds of diesel soot plus 60 million pounds of smog-forming pollutants from our environment over the next few years,” he says. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=17440 FUELS Alternative Fuels Don’t Benefit the Military, a RAND Report Says. The United States would derive no meaningful military benefit from increased use of alternative fuels to power its jets, ships and other weapons systems, according to a government-commissioned study by the RAND Corporation scheduled for release Tuesday. The report also argued that most alternative-fuel technologies were unproven, too expensive or too far from commercial scale to meet the military’s needs over the next decade. In particular, the report argued that the Defense Department was spending too much time and money exploring experimental biofuels derived from sources like algae or the …Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/business/energy-environment/25fuel.html?_r=1&ref=business&pagewanted=print EPA's Approval Of Higher Ethanol Blends May Reduce Air Quality, Critics Assert. As the country strives to wean itself off fossil fuels and meet renewable fuel targets, some in the environmental regulatory community say air pollution questions may be taking a backseat. They point to U.S. EPA's decision Friday to allow higher blends of ethanol to power cars made in the last decade as a key example. "Higher levels of ethanol in motor vehicle fuel mean higher emissions of nitrogen oxides, an important contributor to ground-level ozone and other harmful air pollutants," said Bill Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/25/7 GREEN ENERGY I Think We Can,' New San Fran Mayor Says Of 100% Green-Power Goal. Just weeks before leaving his post as San Francisco's mayor earlier this month, California's new lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, pledged that the Golden Gate City would be powered by 100 percent renewables by the year 2020. But with Newsom (D) now in Sacramento, the responsibility for turning San Francisco's renewable energy dream into a reality has fallen on the shoulders of interim mayor Ed Lee. Since he was sworn in on Jan. 12, it has been a whirlwind first two weeks on the job for Lee. The new mayor was in Washington, D.C., last week as part of the U.S. mayors' annual winter meeting. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/25/4 VEHICLES California, EPA to Work on Joint Auto Standards. Washington - California state officials have agreed to work with federal officials to develop new greenhouse-gas standards for cars and light-duty trucks built for 2017 through 2025, following weeks of pressure from the auto industry. In an announcement Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said California officials have scrapped their plans to issue state-specific standards in March. Instead, the EPA and California Air Resources Board will now issue standards jointly by Sept. 1. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703555804576102482690814622.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/01/epa-department-of-transportation-align-with-california-on-release-date-for-clean-car-standards.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-24/feds-and-california-to-propose-new-fuel-rules.html http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/01/feds-california-agree-to-propose-2017-25-mpg-rules-sept-1/1 http://detnews.com/article/20110124/AUTO01/101240408/California-agrees-to-feds%E2%80%99-timetable-on-emissions#ixzz1C0Kiw9o5 Republicans Target High-Speed Rail For Cuts. California's hugely ambitious and futuristic high-speed rail project will be front and center of the coming showdown between President Obama and House Republicans who are hell-bent on cutting domestic spending. Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow, 6 p.m. PST, will lay out his plan to protect "investment" spending from the GOP axe: specifically infrastructure, energy, education and R&D. He is drawing directly from the Clinton playbook, defining spending as investment and focusing on key areas around a competitiveness theme. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?entry_id=81592#ixzz1C438sZfi New Green Trail Under BART Moving Forward. The areas below elevated BART tracks are not normally known for their picturesque beauty, but Alameda County's transportation agency is hoping to change that. The Alameda County Transportation Commission is moving forward with a plan to build a 12-mile bike path under the elevated BART tracks between Oakland and Hayward. The project -- called the East Bay Greenway -- would offer a landscaped, car-free corridor from just north of the Fruitvale BART station all the way just south past the Hayward station. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_17163502?source=rss&nclick_check=1 Preview And Price Tag Out For The First Global Plan For Sustainable Energy. Providing the world with universal energy access will cost $38 billion annually over the next two decades, according to the first-ever Global Energy Assessment (GEA) due out this summer. The 2,000-page report will provide for the first time detailed energy information about developing countries as well as a sweeping examination of everything from technology trends to the links between human health and pollution on future energy requirements. More than five years in the making, the assessment is the product of research and peer review by 300 authors from a dozen countries and some of the world's leading research institutions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/25/3 New Leaf Deliveries Are Delayed. Anxious buyers of Nissan's Leaf electric vehicle may need to wait longer than expected. Officials expect a four- to five-month delay for delivery, initially scheduled for the early months of this year. The waits are attributed to the fact that carmakers want the first wave of electric vehicle buyers not to be disappointed with their purchases. A happy first crop of owners will mean more follow-up purchases as time goes by. But the delays are brewing some frustration among buyers. "We don't know what's going on," says Eugen Dunlop of Davis, Calif., who ordered his Leaf last summer. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/25/10 OPINION Don't Give Stadiums A Pass On Environmental Laws. I'm not into face painting or tailgate parties, but I do like NFL football. I also care about our environment and the laws that protect it. What, you may ask, do these subjects have to do with each other? I would have answered "nothing" if you asked me two years ago. But California seems to have gone stadium crazy with repeated attempts to exempt NFL stadiums from environmental safeguards protecting our air, water, quality of life and natural habitats. One of those attempts, a 2009 bill to exempt a stadium in the City of Industry from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), passed. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/25/EDCJ1HDK0G.DTL&type=printable BLOGS China Leapfrogs U.S. Wind Power Industry. Chinese turbines are now harnessing more wind power than machines installed in the U.S., according to a trade group Monday. For the first time ever, the Asian giant’s capacity –- the amount of electricity that can be generated using wind –- blew past the U.S. to soar 62% to 41,800 megawatts. American-based turbines can produce up to 40,180 megawatts, a 15% jump from the beginning of 2010, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Assn. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/01/china-leapfrogs-us-wind-power-industry-american-installations-halved-in-2010.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Browner Leaving Climate-Change Job. Carol Browner, who has served as President Obama’s top environmental adviser in the White House, will leave the administration soon, a senior White House official said Monday night. Ms. Browner had been viewed as a close adviser to Mr. Obama in the White House. A veteran who was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Clinton, her name was floated as a possible candidate for a deputy chief of staff when Rahm Emanuel departed to run for mayor of Chicago. Posted. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/browner-leaving-climate-change-job/?pagemode=print