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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 28, 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 Valley Air Quality Much Better, But More Must Be Done. In the San Joaquin Valley, our air-quality challenges are more difficult than those in any other region in the nation. On one hand, we have circumstances over which we have no control: the valley's geography, topography and climate turn our region into a bowl with a lid; pass- through highway traffic brings pollution without any economic benefit; and emissions from the northwest add to our own. On the other hand, our resources and capacity to absorb the economic costs of combating air pollution are limited due to our high poverty and unemployment rates. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/01/26/1529729/valley-air-quality-much-better.html Part Of Hinkley's Plume Shows Contraction; Two Other Parts Show. Hinkley - A plume of toxic hexavalent chromium has receded on the town's western edge, according to recent samples. But it's creeping out on its northeastern and southeastern edges, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board officials told about 200 Hinkley residents during a public forum at Hinkley Elementary School Wednesday night. The expansion is a violation of the water board's 2008 directive to contain the plume, board officials said. That has been unsettling to many in Hinkley. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_17223255?source=rss Activist Returns To Community To Battle Pollution. After graduating from a prestigious university, a young Hispanic woman decided to return to her community in East Los Angeles to start a campaign against pollution blamed for an increase in local cancer and asthma cases. "When I was a little girl, I saw the trains go by and it was a happy thing and fun. We waved to the conductors and I wondered why they didn't have any passengers," 24-year-old Isella Ramirez says of her childhood in the small city of Commerce, six miles from downtown Los Angeles. Pollution resulting from the shipping of merchandise …Posted. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/01/27/activist-returns-community-battle-pollution/ Environmental Group Urges New EPA Air Rules. An environmental group in Iowa urged the state's residents to push their senators to support a new standard by the U.S. EPA that would limit toxic air pollution from power plants. Jessica Buchberger, a spokeswoman for Environment Iowa, said plants in Iowa are releasing mercury, an issue she says is important to the health of residents and their children. There is 2,735 pounds of mercury emitted each year, Buchberger said. To put that into context, a 1-gram (0.0022-pound) drop of mercury can contaminate a 20-acre lake, she said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/10 CLIMATE CHANGE Sen. Inhofe Shapes Major GOP Bills to Fight EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regs. The Senate's most vocal climate change skeptic has taken a key role in crafting two bills to be introduced next week that would both permanently stop U.S. EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who famously called climate change the "greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," will unveil a bill with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) that would strip EPA of its authority to limit carbon emissions from power plants, refineries and other stationary sources. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/28/28climatewire-sen-inhofe-shapes-major-gop-bills-to-fight-e-51835.html?pagewanted=print Record Snowstorms Indicator Of Global Warming. The heavy snows that are hitting our area make many people question global warming. But according to Environment Ohio, as the earth warms, many areas of North America will experience more storms with extreme levels of rain and snowfall. And while the frequency of storms has decreased in the middle latitudes, the intensity of those storms has increased. It stands to reason that if the world is getting warmer--… Posted. http://www.examiner.com/environmental-news-in-toledo/record-snowstorms-indicator-of-global-warming UN Chief: Economic Model An Environmental Threat. DAVOS, Switzerland -- The world's current economic model is an environmental "global suicide pact" that will result in disaster if it isn't reformed, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned Friday. Ban said that political and business leaders need to embrace economic innovation in order to save the planet. "We need a revolution," the secretary-general of the U.N. told a panel at the World Economic Forum on how best to make the global economy sustainable. "Climate change is also showing us that the old model is more than obsolete." Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/01/28/1532054/un-chief-economic-model-an-environmental.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/28/un-chief-economic-model-an-environmental-threat/ http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_1d29e1e9-e2cd-5a4e-b193-53581e415d54.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/28/2250634/un-chief-economic-model-an-environmental.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/28/AR2011012801168.html UN Climate Talks In Focus At Davos Forum. U.S. businesses must do more to pressure Congress to act on climate change and realize that China is "winning the green race," world leaders and climate change experts said Thursday at the World Economic Forum. In a panel discussion at Davos, where some 2,500 business leaders and politicans are gathered, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said China "is going to leave us all in the dust" in the transition toward a more energy-efficient global economy. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/article_3c2acc36-ee54-5be5-a29f-f62d083f5c4a.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/27/2249581/un-climate-talks-in-focus-at-davos.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012704382.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/27/un-climate-talks-in-focus-at-davos-forum/ Warmest Current In 2,000 Years Found To Be Thawing The Arctic. A North Atlantic current that carries water into the Arctic Ocean is warmer than it has been for at least 2,000 years, according to a new study. The recent heating of the water flowing through the Fram Strait, between Greenland and the Norway's Svalbard archipelago, is likely a major factor in the ongoing retreat of Arctic sea ice, concludes the research, published yesterday in the journal Science. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/4 U.N. Leader Switches Focus From Climate To Clean Energy. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his plan to switch his focus from international climate change negotiations to promoting clean energy and sustainable development. After failing to find significant solutions at the 2009 climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ban decided world leaders are not yet ready to come together on climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/28/10 DIESEL EMISSIONS Advisory Panel Says New Technology Is Needed To Verify Emissions Cuts. Determining whether individual nations comply with future climate pacts will require a new satellite to keep tabs on countries that resist other forms of monitoring, a government advisory panel says. The elite, independent panel of scientists -- known as JASON -- examined the United States' ability to monitor the progress of international agreements to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by burning fossil fuels. Although JASON's work is often classified, the new report is not. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/3 FUELS California’s Political Correct Police Are Killing Local Gas Stations. Why are gas prices different in different parts of the country? When asked, the usual answer is “I don’t know.” Different regions have different requirements for fuel additives. Here in California drivers are under stringent regulations. Gas station owners are under constant assault by such groups as the Air Resource Board, the Sierra club, and any number of environmental groups, not to mention the EPA. In the 1990s, gas stations were required to dig up their tanks and replace them with new hi-tech supposedly leak proof tanks. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/republican-in-fresno/california-s-political-correct-police-are-killing-local-gas-stations Exxon Predicts Gas Use Will Surpass Coal's. In Exxon Mobil Corp.'s crystal ball, the future of natural gas is looking increasingly rosy. Global demand for natural gas, commonly used for heating homes and businesses and for generating electricity, will increase 2% a year through 2030, the Texas oil giant says, raising the 1.8% estimate it made last year. This is no small change. It means that Exxon expects the world in 2030 to burn seven quadrillion British thermal units of gas more than the company predicted a year ago. That's about the same amount of energy consumed by California in a year. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704062604576106310422123304.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Exxon: Global Gasoline Demand To Fall Over 20 Yrs. “There will be 400 million more cars on the world's roads 20 years from now, yet gasoline consumption will decline, according to a projection from Exxon Mobil Corp. in its long-term energy outlook released Thursday. The world's biggest investor-owned oil and gas company expects energy use overall will grow 35 percent by 2030, But that growth would be three times higher if people used as much energy per capita as they do now. Nowhere is that more apparent than in projections of gasoline demand. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/27/exxon-global-gasoline-demand-to-fall-over-20-02/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012705106.html EPA Urges 'Civility' In Fuel-Efficiency Debate. U.S. EPA officials used an appearance at the Washington Auto Show yesterday to clear up some misconceptions about their consideration of new fuel efficiency standards for cars produced between 2017 and 2025. No, the agency has not decided the standards will reach 62 mpg in 2025. No, the agency is not encouraging automakers to choose one technology, like electric vehicles, to meet the standards. And no, the agency has not finished reviewing the cost and technology challenges for automakers. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/28/4 Researchers Find Gut Reactions To Biofuel Issues In Cows. Scientists hunting for ways to drive down the cost of converting plant waste into fuel may have found some valuable clues in the bellies of cows. Researchers employing high-tech genetic sequencing methods identified dozens of gut-dwelling organisms that help cows break through the protective sheath that guards the sugars inside plants. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/5 Most Of U.K.'S 'Green' Fuels Come From Questionable Sources. The majority of biofuels in the United Kingdom do not meet their own standards for sustainability. The country's Renewable Fuels Agency has found that only 31 percent of the biofuels used to power vehicles meet the requirements to be considered "renewable." Suppliers were unable to verify the origin of the fuel for the other two-thirds. Under the government initiative, suppliers were told to ensure that at least 50 percent of their biofuel was to be sourced from renewable sources, like biomass or used cooking oil. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/9 GREEN ENERGY UC Berkeley Ranked As World's Greenest School. The University of Indonesia has named UC Berkeley the world's "greenest" university. In its index released last month, the Jakarta school ranked Berkeley's environmental policies and other factors just ahead of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Northeastern University in Boston was third on the list. "It's really nice to be recognized, especially by your peers," said Lisa McNeilly, UC Berkeley's sustainability director. The Indonesian list is one of many that measure universities' commitment to environmentalism and renewable energy. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_17218191?source=rss On A School Lawn, Protests Over Solar Panels. Hundreds of students and their parents protest the installation of solar panels on the popular front lawn at Dwyer Middle School in Huntington Beach. To the students at Dwyer Middle School in Huntington Beach, the grassy area below the stairs is the spot. For Nina Nguyen, 13, it was where she was asked out by a boy for the first time. For Mark Elvidge, 12, it's where he met his first friend at the school. It's where students socialize before and after class, where physical education classes are held and where middle school culminates for the eighth-graders. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-solar-panel-protest-20110128,0,73663,print.story Australian Company Joins Race To Make 'Green' Cement From CO2. London -- An Australian cement and minerals company believes it has an answer to a problem that is vexing the experts -- how to safely and effectively capture the carbon from a power plant at very low energy cost and high efficiency. Not only that, but the resulting byproducts may have uses in construction or farming. Calix, based in Sydney, says its Endex Reactor can scrub 90 percent of the carbon dioxide from the fuel gas of a power plant -- burning either natural gas or gasified coal -- by using specially treated lime. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/28/28climatewire-australian-company-joins-race-to-make-green-29244.html?scp=4&sq=Fuels&st=cse http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/1 Redlands: Project Could Convert Trash To Power. A technology that helped a struggling Austrian city shed its dependence on fossil fuels and become economically vibrant could be brought to Redlands. A renewable energy company born in that small town is proposing to use waste from a Redlands landfill and sewage treatment plant to create electricity, synthetic natural gas and other fuels. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_D_waste27.49fd5bb.html Exxon Mobil Forecast Predicts A Price On Carbon By 2030. The developing world's accelerating thirst for energy can be met by parallel advances in new technologies, including unconventional natural gas production, deepwater oil drilling, biofuels and hybrid vehicles, Exxon Mobil Corp. officials said in the company's annual energy outlook report. Parallel increases in energy demand and supply, plus increases in energy efficiency, will protect consumers from a mismatch that could trigger price shocks, said William Colton, Exxon Mobil's vice president for corporate strategic planning. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/2 U.S. Chamber Launches 'Energy Reality Tour' To Counter Obama. Calling it "unrealistic" and too costly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is criticizing President Obama's latest plan for changing the nation's energy mix and reducing its heavy reliance on oil and coal. "The fundamental problem with the administration's approach on energy is that it picks winners and losers," said Karen Harbert, who heads up the chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy. "Raising taxes on the industry that fuels our lives shows a profound detachment from our energy and economic reality." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/28/6 VEHICLES GM Says It No Longer Needs Gov't Loan To Go Green. “General Motors Co., in another sign of its progress since a government-led bankruptcy, said Thursday it is withdrawing its application for $14.4 billion in federal loans it had sought to help build more fuel-efficient cars.” GM, which has posted three straight profitable financial quarters since its 2009 bankruptcy, said it no longer needs the loans because the company's cash position has improved. GM applied for the loans in 2009 to modernize plants to build fuel-efficient vehicles. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/01/27/1530680/gm-withdrawing-government-loan.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/27/gm-withdrawing-government-loan-application/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_4e6b7ed7-00ce-58ae-994f-3eda8ee1cbff.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/27/2249340/gm-withdrawing-government-loan.html#storylink=misearch Car Rental Company Going Green With New Projects. “Enterprise Rent-A-Car says it will spend $150 million over five years to make all of its locations environmentally friendly.” The St. Louis-based company announced its Enterprise Sustainable Construction Protocol on Wednesday. It says all newly constructed and retrofitted locations will be designed, built and managed with sustainability in mind. Enterprise says its efforts will focus on seven areas, including use of sustainable materials, energy efficiency, recycling and process innovation. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/27/car-rental-company-going-green-with-new-projects/ New Passat Delivers German Engineering Built In U.S. “Volkswagen has redefined craftsmanship with their world debut of the all-new Passat, a transformational car in Volkswagen‘s ambitious growth plan for the U.S. market.” Designed in Germany and made in America, the Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that will perfectly match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans. It will be built in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the world’s newest, most advanced and environmentally responsible auto assembly plant. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/27/new-passat-delivers-german-engineering-built-in-us/ Government Pushing More Fuel Efficiency For Trucks. “Future longhaul trucks, school buses and large pickup trucks will be required to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under first-ever fuel efficiency plans for trucks released Monday by the Obama administration.” For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department announced proposed fuel economy requirements and reductions in tailpipe emissions for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, beginning with those sold in the 2014 model year and into the 2018 model year. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/25/government-pushing-more-fuel-efficiency-trucks/print/ OPINION Viewpoints: Earth's Hardworking Forests Are Taken For Granted, To Their Peril. This year, 2011, is the International Year of Forests. Forests are the lungs of our planet, providing clean air and stabilizing our climate. They collect, clean and store rainfall and snow, slowly releasing it for crops and drinking water. They are open space and solace, homes for wildlife and places for us to work and play. Cool, you say, I love forests. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/28/v-print/3358533/earths-hardworking-forests-are.html EDITORIAL: Snow Job. Depending on government will leave you stranded. Wednesday’s five-inch layer of snow paralyzed the nation’s capital and served as a potent display of nature’s fury. A blanket four-times as thick pushed a number of northern cities like New York and Newark into the record books with the heaviest January snowfall ever. The storm’s aftermath provides a lesson that should linger long after the chilly nights have passed: Depending upon government to solve our problems inevitably ends in disappointment. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/27/snow-job/ Our View: Investigate Evidence Of Global Warming. It is time for an independent investigation of whether or to what degree human activities are creating catastrophic global warming. It should be conducted by scientists untainted by advocacy and uncompromised through receiving taxes or private funding to advance or debunk the theory. Many in the new Congress were elected on promises to re-evaluate global warming claims used to justify Draconian regulations. A "team of nongovernment and non-U.N. experts must be established with access to all the raw data, records, adjustments, fudges ... Posted. http://www.appeal-democrat.com/common/printer/view.php?db=marysville&id=103496 BLOGS Tesla Plans Electric SUV, Due In 2014. Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, has begun planning for a small sport utility vehicle that will be called Model X and come to the market in 2014, the Palo Alto company said. Although the vehicle will be the size of a small SUV, Tesla said it would offer a much larger interior because the electric drive train and components will take up less space than a conventional gasoline engine and transmission. Tesla also is working with Toyota to develop an electric version of the RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle. It will go on sale in 2012. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/01/tesla-plans-electric-suv.html Environment and Electrons Create Sparks in SoCal. The road that takes you from the sleepy town of Boulevard into the path of the Sunrise Powerlink is a dusty, unmarked path that’s a couple of miles long. It ends at a gate without a sign, where a guard stands in the hot midday sun. He knows to keep any unauthorized visitors away; there’s a party going on inside, while the protesters make noise for hours outside. No one yet knows what the Sunrise Powerlink will end up looking like, and at what cost -- and that’s just two of the main issues people have with it. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/01/27/environment-and-electrons-create-sparks-in-socal/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader