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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 26, 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 Interest in Carbon Market Growing Amid Shortcomings, UNFCCC Says. Interest is increasing in the United Nation’s Clean Development Mechanism, the world’s second-largest carbon market, an official from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said. “I see the interest in CDM growing," David Abbass, the public information officer for the UNFCCC, said in an interview in Johannesburg today. "It’s evident in our pipeline. Even in a time of relative uncertainty, we still see the requests for validation rising,” He was countering a statement yesterday by Robert Kelly, the regional technical adviser for North Africa at the UN Development Program, that the CDM is “barely making a dent” on the amount of greenhouse gases released in to the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-01-26/interest-in-carbon-market-growing-amid-shortcomings-unfccc-says.html Politics Marks Obama, GOP Battle Over Regulations. “With a sympathetic ear to corporate America, Republicans are talking about fighting existing and proposed regulations that Obama and congressional Democrats prize, including limits on greenhouse gas emissions and rules to enforce last year's financial and health care overhauls.” Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/26/2247924/politics-marks-obama-gop-battle.html#storylink=misearch DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Counts Emissions Reductions. 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, CARB announced Jan. 24. More than 5,300 diesel trucks are being cleaned up, 19 locomotives operating in the Central Valley and Southern California are being upgraded, and clean electrical power will be available this spring for ships docking at the Port of Oakland costing $250 million as part of implementation of CARB’s Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. Posted. http://www.truckersnews.com/carb-counts-emissions-reductions/print/ FUELS U.K. Energy Policy Risks Prompting Renewed `Dash for Gas,' Lawmakers Say. Changes to U.K. energy policy may lead to a renewed “dash for gas” as utilities choose cheap gas-fired plants over renewable projects, Parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Select Committee said in a report today. Government policy needs to “put the cleanest form of energy at the top of the agenda,” Committee Chairman Tim Yeo said in a statement. If the type of capacity is not part of the decision-making process, companies will choose the “cheap and easy” option, the committee said in the report. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-01-26/u-k-energy-policy-risks-prompting-renewed-dash-for-gas-lawmakers-say.html http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110125-717922.html Xtra Lease Targets Fuel Efficiency with Newest Trailers. Xtra Lease has ordered 6,000 new fuel-efficient trailers equipped with aerodynamic side skirts and low rolling resistance tires, providing fleets access to new equipment and opportunities to lower their fuel costs. A leading provider of trailer rentals and leases, Xtra Lease will add both features on new trailers, 53-foot and longer, due to arrive at company rental locations throughout the U.S. between February and August. Not only will the new trailers provide added fuel efficiencies, they'll comply with California's Greenhouse Gas regulation and are safe to enter and operate in that state without penalty. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-print.asp?news_id=72800 GREEN ENERGY Obama Wants Billions More Put In 'Clean Energy'. Washington - President Obama on Tuesday charted a plan for investing billions more dollars in "clean energy" programs and renewed his call for an end to tax breaks for oil companies. In his State of the Union address, Obama prodded lawmakers to subsidize research on cleaner-burning alternative energy sources at the expense of traditional fossil fuels as a way to boost U.S. competitiveness, wean the country off foreign oil imports and aid the nation's economic recovery. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/26/MNC91HECVV.DTL&type=printable Obama, Announcing Clean Energy Standard, Looks for Compromise. “President Obama's pursuit of a clean energy standard reflects the heightened political challenges facing his administration and makes it more apparent that his campaign promises to cap carbon emissions will be unfulfilled before he runs for re-election.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/26/26climatewire-obama-announcing-clean-energy-standard-looks-27848.html?scp=10&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Obama Places Energy Investments at Center of Economic Argument. “In a State of the Union address that focused like a laser beam on the U.S. economy, President Obama last night called on Congress to slash federal spending but invest more in developing cleaner sources of energy.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/26/26climatewire-obama-places-energy-investments-at-center-of-75076.html?scp=4&sq=green%20vehicles&st=cse Green-Energy Future Looks Black as Recession Bites: Davos Diary. The future is black, not green. Get used to oil trading at $100 a barrel. Drilling disasters are good because they focus the oil industry’s attention on safety. Oh, and our insatiable thirst for yet more energy sources threatens to deplete the world’s food and water supplies. That’s the bleak message from the World Economic Forum’s opening discussion on global energy at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Fatih Birol, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency, led a panel that delivered a somber outlook for renewable energy. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-01-26/green-energy-future-looks-black-as-recession-bites-davos-diary.html Study: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible By 2030. A study in the wonky journal Energy Policy makes the case that the whole world could be using exclusively renewable energy within 20 years. The plan doesn't even include nuclear power, natural gas or biofuels, which sometimes spur deforestation. The analysis, by UC Davis research scientist Mark Delucchi and Stanford engineer Mark Jacobson, contradicts industry claims that renewable energy is a pipe dream and that we must continue using costly and unhealthy energy sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear power. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=81690#ixzz1CABpnrZv Local Democrats Cheer Obama For Focus On Economy And Clean Energy. Santa Cruz - Applause erupted at the Santa Cruz County Democrat Party headquarters during President Obama's State of the Union speech when he touched on sustainable energy, ending government subsidies to large oil corporations and improving education for children. The Democrat headquarters on Front Street was packed with more than 50 Obama supporters who watched the speech on a big screen television, paying close attention to every word and proposal Tuesday night. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17198299?nclick_check=1 After Jobs-Focused Speech, Obama Tours Wisconsin Factories.“He reiterated the goals he set in Tuesday night's speech of having 80 percent of America's electricity come from clean-energy sources by 2035 and putting 1 million electric vehicles on the nation's roads by 2015.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/26/AR2011012602087.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/26/after-address-nation-obama-heads-wisconsin/ Obama's SOTU Nod Unleashes Lobbying On Clean-Power Goal. The lobbying, negotiating and deal making now begins on clean energy legislation. With President Obama in his State of the Union describing the framework for a "clean energy" measure, environmental, business and other groups this morning began to determine how they move forward. Those who favor the concepts Obama laid out called the speech an important jump start for action. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/26/1 Senators Laud 'Clean Energy' Push. President Obama’s call for Congress to pass a mandate that includes both traditional renewable energy sources like wind and solar as well as GOP favorites nuclear and “clean coal” may be the driver needed to bang through the most aggressive and politically feasible means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Capitol Hill this Congress. Obama set a new goal in his speech Tuesday night, calling for 80 percent of U.S. electricity to stem from “clean energy” sources by 2035. Posted. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=695C75D7-BA05-4FF7-B5A3-C261E5A12949 VEHICLES Nissan Plant Keeps Japan Jobs, Sends Green Message. “The Oppama plant in the Tokyo suburb of Yokosuka is a showcase for Nissan Motor Co.'s ambitions to be a leader in green auto technology. And the plant, shown to reporters Tuesday, is good publicity for the company amid recent moves by Japanese automakers including Nissan to send production and jobs overseas.” Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/01/24/1526668/nissan-shows-busy-leaf-electric.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/25/AR2011012500431.html MISCELLANEOUS Home Heating Deaths Continue Despite Outreach Programs. Home heating tips and warnings. * Never use a grill, barbecue or gas-powered generator indoors. * Keep portable space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable, and do not plug them into an overloaded extension cord. Also, make sure air flows easily through the unit, and that its wiring is not damaged. * Check to see that your appliance pilot lights burn with a stable blue flame; yellow or unsteady flames can indicate a problem. * Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x654319042/Home-heating-deaths-continue-despite-outreach-assistance-programs Green Medical Clinic Greets Public.“The floors of the new Vineyard Center for Family Health are made of linseed oil, yeast and bark. The counters are made from crushed root beer bottles, and the carpets in the physicians’ offices are recycled. The environmentally friendly center, which has been open since November, held an open house Tuesday for community members to tour the Oxnard site.” Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/25/green-medical-clinic-greets-public/ OPINION Air District Faces Challenges.“Since 1980, air pollution from businesses has been reduced by more than 80%. Given where we are in our journey toward cleaner air, each of us must have the courage to look in the mirror and do our part as we craft reasonable remedies to protect public health. Enormous challenges remain, and we cannot achieve our clean air goals on the back of businesses alone. Scientific polls show that air quality is a high priority for Valley residents and that they are willing to do their part to reduce air pollution. Most residents respond positively to calls to refrain from using wood-burning fireplaces and to reduce driving.” Posted http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/24/2245423/seyed-sadredin-air-district-faces.html#storylink=misearch EDITORIAL: What Brown Can’t Do For You. California Governor Is Over The Moon For Renewable-Energy Jobs. After a 28-year absence, Jerry Brown has returned to the California governor’s mansion with a mission to make America’s most broke state less broke and more green. He might as well try singing “California Dreamin’ ” to the tune of “The Impossible Dream.” Since being sworn in Jan. 3, Mr. Brown has declared a fiscal emergency and pressured the state legislature to close a $25.4 billion budget gap. His plan to balance the once Golden State’s ledger contains a 50-50 combination of spending cuts and tax hikes. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/25/what-brown-cant-do-for-you/ The Focus Turns To The 2020s. I made the point in my last post that many developing countries could be hard pressed to meet their 2020 emission reduction goals simply because the clock was now running against them. The reality is that from a major infrastructure point of view, the 2010’s are largely a done deal, at least in terms of new hardware. If projects are not already in the pipeline or at the very least represent an expansion of an existing, relatively mature business area, then they will not materially impact the emissions over this coming decade. http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/50251/focus-turns-2020s BLOGS California, U.S. Agree on Emissions-Standards Announcement Date. The Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board — the three agencies with primary responsibility for setting the next round of standards on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light-duty trucks — have agreed to announce their proposals for 2017-25 model-year vehicles by Sept. 1, 2011, according to an E.P.A. press release issued on Monday. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/california-federal-agencies-agree-on-emissions-standards-announcement-date/ Q.-and-A.: Imperiled Birds on a Warming Planet. A few days ago I wrote about the risk of massive extinctions from impending climate change over the next century, especially among animals that live high on mountains or in the tropics. They will have difficulty moving themselves to cooler climates, either because they cannot move further up in altitude or because the distance from the tropics to a cooler habitat is simply farther than they can travel. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/q-and-a-imperiled-birds-on-a-warming-planet/?pagemode=print The Future of Algae Fuels Is … When? “Certainly a number of investors continue to bet on the promise of squeezing oil from algae in amounts substantial enough to put a dent in the use of petroleum-based fuels. And dozens of companies and academic labs are busy chasing that dream.” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/the-future-of-algae-fuels-is-when/?scp=2&sq=Fuels&st=cse Stricter Air Policies. The Federal Clean Air Act celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Although many areas still suffer from high amounts of emissions the air is generally cleaner than it used to be. Although areas may have cleaner air quality than they did in the past Pittsburgh is the one city in Pennsylvania that is always linked to poor air quality. As far as air quality is concerned, The American Lung Association consistently ranks Pittsburgh as being one of the worst cities for air quality in the country. When we look at Pittsburgh’s air quality many factors come into play. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/environmental-policy-in-pittsburgh/stricter-air-policies CA Doubled Pace of Renewables Last Year. California Regulators say the state's utilities about doubled the growth of new renewable energy sources last year. The California Public Utilities Commission says developers added 653 megawatts of capacity in 2010, nearly twice the pace of 2009. For all that, utilities did not quite make the state-imposed requirement that they get 20% of their electrical generation from renewables by last year. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/01/25/ca-doubled-pace-of-renewables-last-year/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Creeping Along Toward New Fuel Standards. This week, California and federal regulators gave themselves a fall deadline in their collaboration to create national fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light trucks. The agencies say they will propose the new standards by September 1, 2011. The September deadline is something of a setback for California, which had planned to release state standards in March. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/01/25/creeping-along-toward-new-fuel-standards/