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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 11, 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 NJ Sues PA. Coal Plant. Trenton, N.J. — New Jersey is joining in a lawsuit that seeks to shut down a western Pennsylvania coal-burning electricity generating plant over pollution. The lawsuit was initially filed by the federal government, New York and Pennsylvania. It wants the court to shut down the plant until it meets standards of the Clean Air Act, civil penalties and other relief. It calls the plant "one of the largest air pollution sources in the nation." Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP722b2cc148c343329572657b6044d071.html CLIMATE CHANGE More Companies Push Sustainability, but Usually Not for Climate Reasons – Study. Corporations will work harder on sustainability in 2011 even as the economy continues to limp and climate policy stumbles, according to a new report. Whether they'll apply that effort to cut carbon emissions, though, is a fuzzier question. In a broad survey of companies, 70 percent said they intend to devote more money, or more attention from management, to sustainability this year. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/11/11climatewire-more-companies-push-sustainability-but-usual-60576.html?scp=8&sq=climate%20change&st=cse GREEN ENERGY LED Light Bulbs Are The Green Alternative To Standard Halogen Light Bulbs, Right? Wrong, says a new study from UC Irvine and UC Davis that suggests those good-for-the-environment light bulbs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially toxic and hazardous substances. “LEDs are touted as the next generation of lighting,” said Oladele Ogunseitan, the study's author and chair of UC Irvine’s Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention. “But as we try to find better products that do not deplete energy resources or contribute to global warming, we have to be vigilant about the toxicity hazards of those marketed as replacements.” Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/uc-researchers-led-lights-contain-lead-arsenic-8634 VEHICLES Snyder At Start Of Electric Vehicle Charger Plant. Livonia, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan companies' production of charging stations for electric vehicles puts the state at the forefront of the growing industry. Snyder attended a news conference Friday at the headquarters of Livonia-based Roush Manufacturing for the start of mass production of the Blink Level 2 charging station. Roush received the contract from San Francisco-based ECOtality Inc.to make the charger at a retooled auto parts manufacturing facility in the Detroit suburb. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/02/11/state/n010159S27.DTL&type=printable http://www.pe.com/ap_news/California/MI_Snyder_Electric_Vehicles_555134C.shtml Volvo’s Electric Car Collision A Big Hit. At the recent Detroit Auto Show, Volvo Cars spotlighted the important issue of electric car safety in an unusual but distinctive way. On the company’s stand there is a Volvo C30 Electric that has undergone a frontal collision test at 40 mph (64 km/h). Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/10/volvos-electric-car-collision-a-big-hit/ Officials Celebrate San Francisco's Charging Up To Handle Electric Cars. San Francisco -- The West Coast -- and San Francisco in particular -- is fulfilling federal dreams of a robust electric vehicle infrastructure and green jobs, top administration officials said yesterday. Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, spoke in front of a Tesla Roadster and a Chevy Volt, the latter of which was plugged into a Coulomb Technologies charging station. She invoked President Obama's State of the Union address, in which he called for infrastructure funding reform and investment in electric vehicles and high-speed rail (E&E Daily, Jan. 26). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/11/5 MISCELLANEOUS Kicking Our Fossil Fuels Habit. About 65 minutes into “Carbon Nation,” a peppy documentary about all sorts of technologies that might help us kick our fossil fuels habit, the film acknowledges its biggest shortcoming. “If all these solutions are such great ideas,” says the narrator, Bill Kurtis, “why haven’t they happened yet?” Unfortunately, the director, Peter Byck, doesn’t really tackle that question in the hard-nosed way that it needs to be attacked. Posted. http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/movies/11carbon.html?scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Climate Change Skeptics Out-Dramatize Believers in London. Two plays about climate change hit the London stage this month, one airing the views of the convinced and the other, those of the skeptical. Both treat their subject in completely different dramatic ways, but one succeeds, while the other fails dismally. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/11/11climatewire-climate-change-skeptics-out-dramatize-believ-85819.html?scp=4&sq=climate%20change&st=cse OPINION Republican Attack On EPA Will Deter Needed Action. A Supreme Court decision, overwhelming science and even record snowstorms don't matter to House Republicans. When it comes to climate change, the new majority is in full denial. A House panel excoriated Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson for the White House's intention to limit carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping culprit blamed for climate change. By treating her as a punching bag, the GOP team can keep anti-regulatory fervor alive for the next election and cut her budget. It's a dog-and-pony show. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/11/EDTG1HLGMU.DTL&type=printable Viewpoints: Changing Climate Will Make Coming Water Crisis Even Worse. Climate change often seems like something remote, perhaps affecting polar bears, or our great-great-grandchildren. The scarcity of water, on the other hand, is all too immediate, with the recent years of drought threatening present-day patterns of life throughout the Southwest. What happens when the groundwater is gone and the rivers run dry? If this sounds like a bad movie, we've all been forced to watch a preview of it in the last few years. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/11/v-print/3394092/changing-climate-will-make-coming.html 2011 Chevrolet Volt. I seldom agree with the Car of the Year awards given by magazines or panels of journalists, such as the one issued at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But I have participated in many of those presentations and probably will do so again. This year, however, I enthusiastically agree with the car juries (none of which I was on), including the NAIAS panel. The popular choice is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in electric hybrid hatchback sedan. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021102741.html BLOGS Spill Commissioners Call for Review of Energy Policy. Two members of President Obama’s commission on the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill said at a congressional hearing on Friday that regulatory failures and industry overconfidence helped lead to the catastrophe and called for an overhaul of federal oversight of offshore drilling and a transition to safer, cleaner forms of energy. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/spill-commissioners-call-for-review-of-energy-policy/?pagemode=print For Oil Exec, an Electric Car Can Wait. There sure is a lot of excitement percolating around plug-in hybrid and electric cars these days. Chevrolet’s Volt and Nissan’s Leaf are the talk of the car world, city governments are installing battery chargers, and the Obama administration has promoted them. Even the TV commercials for the battery chargers are cool. Bloomberg News A Nissan employee installs a battery-charger component for a Leaf vehicle at a plant in Yokosuka City, Japan. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/for-oil-exec-an-electric-car-can-wait/?pagemode=print On Peer Review and (Climate) Progress. Louis A. Derry, a Cornell researcher and the editor of the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, provides a valuable look inside the peer review process in a comment on my piece assessing the debate over Antarctic temperature trends. It merits space here as a “Your Dot” contribution (a feature aimed at encouraging constructive non-anonymous discussions). Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/on-peer-review-and-climate-progress/?scp=3&sq=Fuels&st=cse Of Birds, Bats and Blades. The wind energy industry faces multiple challenges in California. It's hard to find people who are just flat out against wind energy. As with real estate, attitudes seem to come down to location, location, location. That's why three of the thorniest issues with wind are project siting, transmission (lines for the power produced), and the industry's turbulent history with birds and bats. Some of those challenges are highlighted in this slide show, designed to accompany my two-part radio series. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/02/10/of-birds-bats-and-blades/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Who Wants to Cash in on Gutting the Clean Air Act? The latest attacks on the Clean Air Act are not about policy or even politics; they're about corruption, plain and simple. We see these attacks coming from both Republicans and Democrats, but nearly all of them are coming from lawmakers who have received large infusions of cash or pressure from big polluters like the coal industry. Most telling, the attacks are coming from elected officials who have previously acknowledged and discussed the dangers of climate change. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-butler/who-wants-to-cash-in-on-t_b_821463.html We Need a Clean Energy Hiring Plan. Last week's job numbers confirmed for yet another month that in order to truly get our economy moving we need a national jobs strategy that unleashes the innovation and ingenuity of the American people to move our country forward and to get people back to work. President Obama two weeks ago in his State of the Union called this moment our generation's "Sputnik moment." He challenged Americans to win the jobs and industries of the future. The president declared, "We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-foster/david-foster-we-need-a-cl_b_819617.html?view=print