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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 4, 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 Boiler Room Politics. Fake restraint from the EPA as it issues a damaging new rule. Amid an Environmental Protection Agency regulatory spree unprecedented in U.S. history, nothing cleared the benches last year like the so-called boiler rule. Some 62 Senators, 177 House Members and 21 Governors publicly objected, business staged a collective revolt, and the EPA itself was forced to retreat and junk the original rule. No matter how ruinous a regulation, this almost never happens. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703408604576164471769032958.html Foul Odor Sickens Calif Desert Community Of Mecca. Coachella, Calif. -- It's the Mecca everyone wants to make a pilgrimage away from. Complaints of foul odors sickening residents of the California desert community of Mecca have prompted a smog control agency to step up an air monitoring effort on Thursday. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it has concluded that a waste recycling facility just north of Mecca is the source of the stinky fumes. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/03/AR2011030306884_pf.html Daily Routine Poisons Family With Carbon Monoxide. Sacramento, CA - A buildup of carbon monoxide gas at a South Sacramento house sent an entire family to the hospital Thursday. A grandmother, a 3-year-old child, and an infant who lived at the house on the 2200 block of Pierre Avenue were taken to the hospital with severe poisoning after a carbon monoxide detector went off in the house. The carbon monoxide gas didn't appear to be coming from a household appliance. Posted. http://www.news10.net/news/article.aspx?storyid=126271&provider=top&catid=188 http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/03/1583269/carbon-monoxide-in-home-sends.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700115356/Carbon-monoxide-leak-sends-3-to-hospital.html CLIMATE CHANGE U.K. Should Remove EU CO2 Permits to Fix Overlap, Offsetter Says. The U.K. should remove European Union carbon permits from its allocation to factories and power stations to match emission cuts under its proposed Carbon Reduction Commitment program, said an offset company. The so-called CRC program may create 90 million metric tons of reductions in the period from 2011 through 2020, according to a report by London-based Carbon Retirement Ltd. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-03-04/u-k-should-remove-eu-co2-permits-to-fix-overlap-offsetter-says.html New Anti-EPA Bill Aims to 'Rein in' Agency's Climate Rules Permanently. House Republicans kept up their steady drumbeat against U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulations on stationary sources yesterday with legislation that would permanently block the agency from implementing such measures. A bill crafted by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) was introduced in the House yesterday after it had been floated in draft form last month. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/03/04/04climatewire-new-anti-epa-bill-aims-to-rein-in-agencys-cl-37816.html?pagewanted=print Greenpeace Looks Ahead To S. Africa Climate Talks. Johannesburg -- The South African who heads Greenpeace's international office says his homeland will bring moral authority to its role hosting this year's climate change conference. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/04/AR2011030402070.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/04/1583564/greenpeace-looks-ahead-to-s-africa.html GOP Budget Could Hobble Obama Environment Policy. The Environmental Protection Agency and global warming programs government-wide stand to lose big in the battle over the federal budget. The House already passed its bill to fund the federal government for the rest of this year, and it doesn't just cut EPA programs — it also steamrolls the Obama administration's environmental policy. I can attest to you that this greenhouse gas registry will destroy jobs in Kansas. - Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS). The House bill would slash the EPA budget by nearly a third — more than any other agency. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2011/03/03/134237203/gop-budget-plans-quash-obama-environment-policy Environmental Regulation As A 'Job Killer' Does Not Hold True, Historically. As congressional legislators spar over U.S. EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, a common argument arises: It will have a devastating effect on industry and jobs, especially in the aftermath of the financial crisis. However, a group of economists are saying that historical precedents have shown to have little effect on the economy. In fact, environmental regulation can have a positive impact. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/03/04/10 Carbon Traders Press Case For CDM Credits For Carbon Capture Technology. An international business group pushing for the development of greenhouse gas emissions trading programs is hoping to reignite U.S. interest in tackling climate change through the use of global markets. The Geneva-based International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) also wants the United Nations to offer credits for carbon capture and storage projects under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/03/04/8 More Republicans Believe In 'Climate Change' Over 'Global Warming' Climate change and global warming, two terms often used interchangeably, provoke different responses from people who identify as Republicans, research shows. Republicans are far more skeptical of "global warming" than they are of "climate change," according to a research team led by University of Michigan psychologist Jonathon Schuldt. His team found that 44 percent of Republicans agreed that "global warming" is real, while 60.3 percent of the same sample believed the same about "climate change." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/03/04/11 FUELS Overfertilizing Corn Undermines Ethanol. Researchers find that when growing corn crops for ethanol, more means less. Rice University scientists and their colleagues have found that when growing corn crops for ethanol, more means less. A new paper in today's online edition of the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science and Technology shows how farmers can save money on fertilizer while they improve their production of feedstock for ethanol and alleviate damage to the environment. Posted. http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2011/03/04/overfertilizing-corn-undermines-ethanol_print.html USDA Mulls Insurance Program For Biofuel Crop Producers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon explore the feasibility of offering crop insurance to producers of biofuel feedstocks ranging from straw to corn stover to woody biomass. This feasibility evaluation, to be funded by the Risk Management Agency, builds upon the USDA's ongoing effort to insure growers of switchgrass, energy cane and camelina. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/03/04/usda-mulls-insurance-program-for-biofuel-crop-producers/print/ GREEN ENERGY The Top 10 Clean-Tech Companies. Companies that make everything from solar panels to renewable-crude oil continue to be big draws for funding from the venture-capital community. But a company that rewards consumers for recycling led The Wall Street Journal's second-annual ranking of venture-backed clean-tech companies. Recyclebank, which provides recycling-rewards programs in 29 states and the U.K., has had a growth spurt since its 2004 launch. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559604576176473635179098.html Genomatica Bags $45M to Bring Green Chemical to Market. Less than a month after announcing a joint development agreement with Waste Management, Genomatica said Tuesday it has raised $45 million from the trash king and other investors. Genomatica plans to use the funding to complete a demonstration project to prove its green chemistry technology can work on a commercial-scale. The company plans to build and start operating a commercial plant by late 2013. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/01/idUS2250779620110301 Alcoa Says Contested NC Dams Generated $8M Profit. Raleigh, N.C. -- Alcoa Inc. said a series of North Carolina hydroelectric dams the company is fighting to continue operating generated $8 million in profit from electricity sales last year. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/04/1583362/alcoa-says-contested-nc-dams-generated.html Clean-Tech Companies Face Post-Stimulus Scramble For Cash. Santa Barbara, Calif. -- Clean-tech companies looking for cash in the wake of the stimulus will have to go back to their traditional hunting grounds, according to the former Obama administration official who tracked stimulus grants to energy projects. Matt Rogers, who recently stepped down as the Energy Department's stimulus adviser, said at a Wall Street Journal conference here yesterday that the next few years would mark a return to pre-recession funding models for fledgling companies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/03/04/16 U.S. Military Links Alternative Energy Research to Lives--and Dollars--Saved. Inventing the future of energy may be the key to improving U.S. national security, economic prosperity and health. National Harbor, Md.—Flexible solar cells now power communications equipment used by Marines fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, enabling them to shed 700 pounds worth of batteries while on foot patrol. But an F-16 fighter jet flying over Miramar training base in Calif. burns 28 gallons of jet fuel a minute with its afterburners engaged while the C-17 cargo consumes 3,000 gallons an hour. Posted. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=alternative-energy-research-saves-lives&print=true VEHICLES Surging Oil Prices Alone Unlikely To Give Needed Jolt To EV Market. The Obama administration has worked hard to drum up interest in electric vehicles through tax credits, research investments and frequent shout-outs from the bully pulpit. But interest in electric cars and other green vehicles may be helped most by events beyond U.S. control. Violence in Libya and unrest throughout the oil-rich Middle East have driven oil prices to the $100-a-barrel range, creating an opportunity for promoters of electric cars and other forms of green transportation to get their message across. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/03/04/12 MISCELLANEOUS Sacramento Area Shares In Target Environmental Settlement. Several counties in the Sacramento region are among those sharing in a $22.5 million settlement to be paid by Target Corp. for environmental violations at stores statewide. The district attorneys of 21 counties announced Thursday that a California judge has ordered Minnesota-based Target to pay the sum as part of a civil environmental prosecution settlement. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/04/v-print/3448206/sacramento-area-shares-in-target.html OPINION Latest Congressional Attacks on Clean Air Endanger Our Health and Our Economy. On Thursday Representative Fred Upton and Senator Inhofe introduced legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency's from limiting emissions of carbon dioxide. This is the latest attack in the war against standards that protect Americans from dangerous air pollution. The GOP leadership in the House of Representatives is also trying to use the budget process and policy riders to prevent the EPA from updating safeguards for a list of toxic pollutants. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-beinecke/latest-congressional-atta_b_831363.html?view=print BLOGS Electric Utilities Close To Meeting Renewables Goals. The state's three biggest investor-owned utilities, led by Southern California Edison Co., are edging closer to meeting their mandated goal of producing 20% of their electric power from renewable energy sources. Edison at the end of 2010 generated 19.4% of its electricity from wind, solar and geothermal sources, up from 17.4% in 2009, according to a report issued Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., based in San Francisco, produced 17.7% of its electricity from renewable sources … Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/03/electric-utilities-close-to-meeting-renewable-goals.html