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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 3, 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 Obama Administration Defends Clean Air Act. Washington - The Obama administration lashed back Wednesday at GOP efforts to curb federal air pollution regulations, arguing that clear skies laws save lives and help the nation's struggling economy. Touting new estimates of the fiscal and public health benefits of the Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson vowed to press forward with new regulations being sought in accordance with the landmark bill. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_air03.27d37c5.html Marin Again Leads Bay Area In Smoke Complaints. Marin once again led Bay Area counties in the number of complaints about wood smoke on Spare the Air winter days, according to data released Wednesday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. This was the third year the district cracked down on people who burn wood on days when weather conditions make it likely smoke will hang in the air and cause particulate pollution, making it hard for some people to breathe. Posted. http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_17522236?source=most_viewed CLIMATE CHANGE California Cap-and-Trade Faces Potential Hurdle. San Francisco—California's cap-and-trade program is being threatened by groups of local residents, even after the ambitious climate plan survived an electoral challenge in November. Communities For A Better Environment, California Communities Against Toxics, Society For Positive Action and other groups and individuals have sued state regulators, claiming the climate plan won't reduce pollution. The plaintiffs argue that industrial facilities should cut their actual emissions, rather than trade rights to pollute. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703300904576178431416877032.html U.N.: Work On Climate Pacts To Start Next Month. Tokyo - Work on implementing recent climate agreements, including a new green fund, will start next month despite wrangling over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, a top U.N. official said on Thursday. Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. climate change secretariat, said the Green Climate Fund as well as the work agenda for this year's U.N. climate talks will be discussed at a ministerial meeting hosted by Mexico in March. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/03/us-climate-un-idUSTRE7221WN20110303 EPA Carbon Rules Would Be Blocked Under U.S. Bill Readied by Republicans. Legislation that would bar the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases will be introduced as early as today by Republicans in Congress with the support of some Democrats. Matching bills by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan and Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, both Republicans, would bar the EPA from mandating emission limits from factories and power plants, while allowing a previous agreement the Obama administration reached with automakers to cut vehicle tailpipe emissions. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-03-02/epa-chief-jackson-urges-u-s-lawmaker-not-to-slash-her-agency-s-funding.html 3 Dems Join GOP Fight To Block EPA Climate Rules. Washington -- Three Democrats are joining a Republican effort in the House to block the Environmental Protection Agency from reducing the gases blamed for global warming. Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma will sponsor a bill drafted by Republicans that bars the EPA from using federal law to control greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/03/AR2011030302312.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/03/1581894/dems-join-gop-in-fight-to-block.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_8d6e07c0-eb7e-591e-84ef-66c8b70ff921.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/03/2294461/dems-join-gop-in-fight-to-block.html#storylink=misearch REGION: Worry Over Jet Contrails' Environmental Consequences. Wispy white jet contrails are a familiar sight, a sign of today's considerable air traffic and, to some people, a visible reminder of the environmental threat that comes with it. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_contrails03.278a4da.html Survey Reveals Fluctuating Carbon Market Confidence. Confidence in the global carbon market remains decidedly mixed, with continued optimism about the future of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) undermined by concerns about the global offsetting market and skepticism that the US will deliver a national carbon market. That is the conclusion of the annual carbon market survey undertaken by analyst Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, which yesterday confirmed that despite recent cyber attacks, confidence in the flagship EU ETS remains relatively high. Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/print_article/bg/news/2029816/survey-reveals-fluctuating-carbon-market-confidence DIESEL EMISSIONS New Law Requires CARB To Spell Out Fines For Truck, Other Citations. The California Air Resources Board increased air quality violation citations from 1,535 in 2002 to more than 4,000 and $16 million in fines in 2009 – the last full year of data posted by CARB. The state air quality agency’s enforcement activities have drawn the attention of many in the state, leading CARB to recently publish a plan detailing how it will comply with a new law that requires “all relevant circumstances” to be taken into consideration when CARB issues fines. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Mar11/030411/030211-04.shtml GREEN ENERGY Santander Says Clean Energy Mergers May Exceed $55 Billion on New Markets. The pace of clean energy industry mergers may accelerate this year as smaller operators seek buyers that can fund work in developing markets such as Brazil, said Banco Santander SA (SAN), last year’s top takeover adviser. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-03/santander-says-clean-energy-mergers-may-exceed-55-billion-on-new-markets.html Chinese Solar Producers Bid For African Business. Johannesburg (AP) - In a show of commercial muscle that highlights China's growing investment in Africa, Chinese solar power producers dominated exhibits Thursday at an energy conference on a continent where nearly two-thirds of the population lives off the electric grid. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/03/chinese-solar-producers-bid-for-african-business/ City Pushing For Green Home Ordinance. Stockton - City officials hope to improve the energy efficiency of 8,500 homes - nearly 10 percent of Stockton's housing stock - over the next three years, under a draft ordinance set to go before the City Council this month. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110303/A_NEWS/103030324&cid=sitesearch Elias: Is California Getting The Wrong Kind Of Solar? Wrong kind of solar for state? Ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made his way to a remote desert location last October, not far from the Interstate 15 freeway that runs between Southern California and Las Vegas. So did U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and bunches of utility executives. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/02/elias-is-california-getting-the-wrong-kind-of/ VEHICLES Supercars and Special Editions Send Mixed Message. Geneva — The 81st Geneva Motor Show, which is billed as a window into the future of a more environmentally responsible and sustainable auto industry, is sending something of a mixed message to the consumer. Is a greener future just around the corner for the automobile? Or is it last call — and while you’re pouring, let’s make it a double — at the horsepower party? Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/automobiles/autoshow/03geneva-auto-show-supercars.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=green%20vehicles&st=cse OPINION Opinion: New Year, New Problems In California. The New Year is signaling new economic troubles for Californians, from a source many may not have expected. After the failure of Proposition 23 last November, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32) is scheduled to take effect this year. Its implementation is sure to make matters worse for a state economy already brought to its knees by overzealous government. Championed as a “green jobs” creator, AB 32 requires a 30-percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020. Posted. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=zj6e1lzgz31wr0&xid=zj5w9jqlqptgz2&done=.zj6e1lzgz3mwr0# SUVs Leased While D.C. Solar-Panel Users Are Left In The Lurch. The District government's decision to kill a program to help residents like me install solar-energy systems and shift the money to cover a tiny portion of its budget debt is deplorable ["In the red, D.C. backs out on aid for green energy," Metro, Feb. 28]. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/02/AR2011030206047.html BLOGS EPA: Proposed House Budget Cuts Would Harm Public Health. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told a Senate committee Wednesday that a proposal to cut a third of the agency's budget would gut a plan to reduce carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act and undermine efforts to limit water pollution in areas such as the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Posted. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/post-carbon/2011/03/epa_proposed_budget_cuts_would.html Harmonizing” California’s Trecs With AB 32 Cap-And-Trade. Now that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has lifted its moratorium on the use of renewable energy credits (RECs or TRECs) by investor owned electric utilities (IOUs) for compliance with the State’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), observers may ask themselves this logical question: what is the future of RECs under Assembly Bill 32? Posted. http://www.cleantechblog.com/2011/03/%E2%80%9Charmonizing%E2%80%9D-california%E2%80%99s-trecs-with-ab-32-cap-and-trade.html