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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 27, 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 Soot Crackdown Lags As EPA Wrestles Other Deadlines. U.S. EPA's air division has made headlines under President Obama for its push to limit greenhouse gases and toxic pollution, but the busy office is running late with new limits on asthma-inducing soot, close observers of the rulemaking process say. The Obama administration is nearing a decision point on particulate matter (PM), a pollution cocktail that includes run-of-the-mill dust and the chemical-laden soot that is released when fossil fuels are burned. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/27/1 CLIMATE CHANGE Obama Seeks New Path To Environmental Goals. Washington (AP) — Facing a Congress that is more hostile to environmental regulation, President Barack Obama is moderating his environmental goals: a clean energy standard that mixes nuclear, natural gas and "clean coal" with wind, solar and other renewable sources. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama called for 80 percent of the nation's electricity to come from clean sources by 2035. That goal represents a new strategy to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide blamed for global warming, following the death of cap-and-trade legislation that Obama pushed in Congress for the last two years. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i5brUcNLuTRn0QPkb1pvLrFy1JTA?docId=1035b44296c84ed39e62276a1158374f Administration Seeking Momentum for Clean Energy Standard. President Obama and key members of the administration fanned the nation yesterday to promote his plans to expand clean energy initiatives, moving quickly to build momentum behind a key agenda item pitched to a national audience on Tuesday. The effort contrasts with Obama's low-key approach last summer, when Senate Democrats were struggling to advance climate legislation that collapsed before midterm elections. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/27/27climatewire-administration-seeking-momentum-for-clean-en-12429.html?pagewanted=print Obama's Clean-Energy Goals Have Industry Questioning Feasibility. Plans call for 1 million electric vehicles on the road within four years and 80% of the nation's power coming from green sources by 2035. Executives say the ability to get steady funding would help. President Obama has grand plans for a green nation — 1 million electric vehicles on the road within four years and clean power sources providing 80% of the nation's energy by 2035. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-obama-clean-energy-20110127,0,5225775,print.story South Korean Parliament to Debate Carbon-Trading Bill. (Updates with committee's comment in fourth paragraph.) South Korea's presidential committee plans to submit legislation on carbon-emissions trading to parliament next month amid opposition from business groups. The bill will have flexibility on the timing of its introduction and the quota for free permits, according to a report from the Committee on Green Growth to President Lee Myung Bak, as shown on the government website. South Korea, Asia's fourth-biggest polluter, said in November it aims to adopt a carbon-emissions trading system in 2013 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/01/26/bloomberg1376-LFNUCW6KLVR801-7FT67KEM5OE88RPB5FJO1C3C3T.DTL&type=printable Administration Preparing Plans For International Climate Aid. The Obama administration is developing blueprints to guide billions of dollars in U.S. funding to poor countries that face threats from climate change or are transitioning to clean energy economies. The strategies for international adaptation and clean energy finance remain under wraps. Even businesses and aid groups that have been asked to comment on the strategies say they have not been permitted to actually see the plans they are assessing. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/27/3 Obama’s Green Focus Now Firmly On Clean Energy. Barack Obama’s State of the Union address has confirmed the writing on the wall in his administration’s desire for a price on carbon in the US; there will be no pursuit in the last two years of his first term on his once-desired policy for cap and trade to tackle climate change. This was confirmed not by what Obama said on the subject in his speech. He didn’t talk of climate change, global warming, greenhouse emissions caps, UN climate treaties or cap and trade. Posted. http://www.carbonpositive.net/viewarticle.aspx?articleID=2252 California Using Carbon Markets to Clean up Ozone-Killers. Decades after most industrialized countries banned Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), tons of the stuff is still lurking in old refrigerators and foam insulation. Now the US state of California is using carbon markets to pay for the destruction of this environmental WMD, which can have up to 10,000 times the global-warming impact of carbon dioxide. Jeff Cohen has spent more than 25 years developing environmental protocols and formulating policy for everyone from the Chicago Climate Exchange to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=7978§ion=news_articles&eod=1 FUELS US Agencies And California Agree To Timetable For Fuel Efficiency Standards. The US state of California has agreed to work to the same timetable as the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on new fuel efficiency standards for the next generation of cars and light-duty trucks. The agreement will see the California Air Resources Board (CARB) release its proposals for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for model years 2017-2025 in September, at the same time as the DOT and EPA. CARB had been planning to release its proposals in March. Posted. http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/policy/i/3751/ California, EPA Agree to Set New Fuel Economy Numbers Before September. In 2017, the federal government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandate will enter a new phase of increases that are likely to be the most dramatic in the law's history. In order to give the automotive industry time to gear up for compliance, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been scheduled to map out its CAFE recommendations the 2017 through 2025 model years by October. Posted. http://www.hybridcars.com/news/california-epa-reach-agreement-set-new-fuel-economy-numbers-september-29327.html Clean Energy Industry Skeptical Of Obama's Goals. Despite the President's strong affirmation of his clean energy goals during Tuesday's State of the Union Address, the clean energy industry has been reserved in its enthusiasm. Among President Obama's promises were that the U.S. would reach 80 percent dependence on renewable sources by 2035, and that he would put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. But Obama has set clean energy goals before that have failed to materialize in the governmental support necessary for their completion. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/clean-energy-obama_n_814720.html?view=print GREEN ENERGY Obama's Clean-Tech Vision Meets With Skepticism. Los Angeles -- President Barack Obama has grand plans for a green nation - 1 million electric vehicles on the road within four years and clean power sources providing 80 percent of the nation's energy by 2035. But after getting a surprisingly extensive shout-out in Obama's State of the Union address - he sees clean tech as the country's best chance to seize its "Sputnik moment" - industry officials this week were less than enthused and questioned whether the ambitious targets were even attainable. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/27/v-print/3356396/obamas-clean-tech-vision-meets.html Down Side Of Energy Efficient Flourescent Bulbs. Ann Scalapino never leaves home without an incandescent light bulb tucked into her purse. She suffers from migraines that she believes are triggered by fluorescent lights, so when she visits friends who use the energy-efficient bulbs in their homes, she asks them to replace them while she visits. But now that traditional incandescent light bulbs are being phased out as California leads the nation in adopting stricter energy efficiency standards, Scalapino is one of a committed group of incandescent light bulb lovers who are buying them in droves. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110126/articles/110129569&template=printart One Of County's Largest Solar Projects Moves Forward. One of the largest planned solar projects has been given the green light for development. The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved a renewable energy contract for San Diego Gas and Electric, said Andy Horne, Imperial County deputy executive officer of natural resources development. The CPUC approved a 20-year power purchase agreement with Centinela Solar Energy, operated by LS Power. Posted. http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/ivp-news-solar-project-20110127,0,2149122,print.story GE, NRG, Conocophillips Team Up To Fund Energy-Tech Ventures. Three major energy companies announced the formation today of a new joint venture to back promising energy technologies, putting a $300 million initial investment into the new company. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) said their Energy Technology Ventures would fund in the next four years about 30 companies in their early and growth stages. The collaboration will launch with investments in three startups, the companies said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/27/6 California Wilderness Proposals Face Dicey Political Environment. Washington – The next California wilderness fights will stretch from the desert to the Delta, in a dicey new political environment. This week, the state's two Democratic senators set the stage by introducing wilderness-related bills. Their prospects are unclear, but their ambitions are undeniable. "I've still got 1 million acres to go," Sen. Barbara Boxer said of her aspirations Wednesday. In Tehama and Shasta counties, for instance, Boxer wants to designate a 17,869- acre Sacramento River National Recreation Area. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/27/v-print/3355434/california-wilderness-proposals.html BLOGS For Excess Solar Flow, a Veg-O-Matic for Voltage. Until very recently, the solar industry was mainly concerned with getting a toehold in the production of electricity at a utility-level scale. Now a New Jersey company is looking for its niche in a different field — how to handle a system that is saturated with solar energy, sometimes enough to destabilize the electric grid. Petra Solar. The company, Petra Solar, has a highly visible product: it is under contract to supply 200,000 panels that Public Service Electric & Gas will attach to utility poles around New Jersey. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/for-excess-solar-flow-a-veg-o-matic-for-voltage/?pagemode=print Obama Ducks and Covers on Climate. The “C-word,” climate, appears to have become to the Beltway what the “P-word,” population, has been in climate treaty negotiations for a long time — unmentionable. It’s one thing to cave to a wave of naysaying climate rhetoric and build a new American energy conversation on points of agreement rather than clear ideological flash points like global warming. It’s another to duck and cover entirely on climate, as President Obama did in his State of the Union message. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/the-c-word-vanishes/?scp=6&sq=climate%20change&st=Search Government Scientists Warn Of California 'Superstorms'. If climate change isn't on your radar yet, perhaps a massive 'superstorm' dumping as much as 10 feet of rain across California would put it there. USGS scientists unveiled a scenario that would cause such a storm at a conference last week, noting that the damage a 'superstorm' would cause would dwarf that caused by a large earthquake by a factor of five. A quarter of all homes in the state would likely experience flooding. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=81790#ixzz1CG41cxSz