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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 7, 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 Airlines to Be Second-Biggest Sector in EU CO2-Trading System. Airlines will be the second-largest sector in the European Union’s emissions-trading system, after power generators, when aviation joins next year with a carbon- dioxide limit of 213 million metric tons. The industry-wide cap on airlines aimed at fighting global warming will fall to 208.5 million tons of CO2 a year in 2013 under the decision today by the European Commission, the EU’s regulatory arm in Brussels. The inclusion of aviation in the cap-and-trade system may push up fares. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-03-07/airline-co2-cap-in-europe-to-start-at-213-million-tons-eu-says.html http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110307-703751.html Blowouts Onshore: Fear, Pollution, Uncertainty. Line Creek Valley, Wyo. -- A gas well blowout in the shadow of Yellowstone National Park spewed a cloud of explosive natural gas, forced evacuations for miles around and polluted the drinking water - and the people who live in Wyoming's Line Creek Valley still wonder four years later if their lives will return to normal. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/05/1585099/blowouts-onshore-fear-pollution.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_036b87e9-0c38-55ea-b425-eb7bdfcae695.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/05/2297470/blowouts-onshore-fear-pollution.html#storylink=misearch More People Getting No-Burn Message. Wood burning restrictions ended this week. But in Stockton, at least, they barely started. Air quality officials outlawed residential fireplace burning in San Joaquin County just seven days this winter, compared with 21 days last year and 24 days the year before that. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110305/A_NEWS/103050330&cid=sitesearch CLIMATE CHANGE Democrats Provide a Counteroffer to GOP Cuts on Energy and Climate. Senate Democrats are seeking to protect energy and climate programs targeted by the House's aggressive budget cuts, a move that accelerates the chambers toward a clash over President Obama's key priorities and a possible government shutdown. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/03/07/07climatewire-democrats-provide-a-counteroffer-to-gop-cuts-23869.html?scp=6&sq=climate%20change&st=cse House GOP Budget Bill Aims To Slash Environmental Regulation. The plan to cut $60 billion from the federal budget targets environmental programs so widely it appears to be as much an ideological gambit as a budgetary one. 'The sheer scope of it is overwhelming,' a UCLA environmental law expert says. The House spending bill passed last month wouldn't just chop $60 billion from the federal budget — it seeks to cut a broad swath through environmental regulation. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-environment-cuts-20110307,0,1706429,print.story Coastal Cities Prepare For Rising Sea Levels. Newport Beach and other communities on California's coast are planning to build up wetlands, construct levees and seawalls or move structures inland as climate change raises sea levels. Cities along California's coastline that for years have dismissed reports of climate change or lagged in preparing for rising sea levels are now making plans to fortify their beaches, harbors and waterfronts. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-newport-sea-levels-20110306,0,3772522,print.story EU Won't Seek New CO2 Goal, Permit Set-Aside, Draft Shows. (Adds carbon prices in fifth paragraph.) -- The European Union will recommend that the bloc focus on achieving its existing emission-reduction targets and won't propose setting aside any carbon allowances in 2013, according to a draft document. The European Commission, the EU regulator, will present a policy paper tomorrow to map the bloc's goal for saving energy and cutting greenhouse gases through 2050. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/03/07/bloomberg1376-LHOK5S0D9L3501-103PHUQLCQSLFD1U3U7ROPG3HP.DTL REDLANDS: Council Adopts Green Practices Plan. A plan that will guide Redlands' decision-makers toward policies that will reduce the community's contribution to climate change has been unanimously adopted by the City Council. The plan focuses on 10 sustainability themes, with goals and recommended actions to achieve them, that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote growth based on sustainable business practices and use of energy-efficient and clean technologies and products. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/sbcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_D_nsustain06.27e2bc8.html DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Reefer Grace Period Expires April 1. Reefer haulers going into the Golden State with 2003 model year reefers must meet new emissions standards by the end of this month. A 90-day grace period for reefer owners is set to expire in California, the state’s air quality agency announced this week. By March 31, all model year 2003 reefer engines must meet new emission control standards under the California Air Resources Board’s Transportation Refrigeration Unit regulation. The grace period was approved during CARB’s November 2010 board hearing after some reefer owners asked for more time to bring 2003 reefers into compliance. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Mar11/030411/030411-03.shtml FUELS Corn Stocks To Rise If Ethanol Tax Credit Cut: FAPRI. Stockpiles of U.S. corn would begin to rebuild if Congress allows tax credits for ethanol expire at the end of the year, a key group of economists at the University of Missouri said on Monday. The university's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, or FAPRI, forecast corn stocks at the end of the 2011/12 marketing year of 1.247 billion bushels, 44 percent above the 865 million bushels forecast by the U.S. Agriculture Department, which assumed the subsidy will continue. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/07/businesspro-us-crops-usa-fapri-idUSTRE7264JO20110307 Bill To Handcuff EPA Regs A Mixed Bag For Biofuels Industry. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) negotiated some concessions for his home state's corn ethanol industry before he signed on to a bill last week that would bar U.S. EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions -- but not as many as he won two years ago before agreeing to support a climate change bill. In 2009, the then-chairman of the House Agriculture Committee was instrumental in adding language to a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill that would have allowed corn ethanol to qualify for a larger share of the renewable fuel standard by tweaking the way the carbon footprint of various fuels is calculated. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/print/2011/03/07/1 Industry Feels Squeeze As Congress Tightens Belt. It's been a rough season for corn ethanol on Capitol Hill. A winter that began with a tougher-than-expected battle to win congressional approval for a one-year extension of the ethanol blenders' tax credit is delivering more harsh doses of reality to an industry that benefits from notable government support. With a House Republican majority newly emboldened to trim ethanol mandates and a bipartisan Senate majority eyeing subsidy reform, the political obstacles facing conventional biofuels appear steeper than ever. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/03/07/1 U.C.L.A. Research Uses Proteins For Biofuel Production. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles studied the feasibility of using proteins for biofuel production, creating a new alternative for biomass materials. The research done by the university’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science regarding proteins is the first to demonstrate the feasibility of using protein as a carbon source for energy production, explained Kwang Myung Cho, co-author of the study and a U.C.L.A. engineering research scientist. Posted. http://www.ecoseed.org/en/biomass/article/11-biomass/9210-u-c-l-a-research-uses-proteins-for-biofuel-production GREEN ENERGY Wind Project Creates Many Jobs. A recent guest column from Mr. Lou Desmond ("The green-energy jobs hoax," Feb. 24) that was critical of renewable energy made statements about its ability to create local jobs that was both misleading to your readers and simply not accurate. The guest column stated as a fact that the Hatchet Ridge wind project in Shasta County has created only two permanent jobs and utilized a construction crew from out of state. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/pointofview/ci_17546249 VEHICLES Honda Recalling Civic Hybrids Over Engine Stalling. Washington -- Honda Motor is recalling more than 35,000 Civic hybrids in the United States to fix a problem with the electrical system that could cause the headlights to turn off or the engine to stall. Honda says the recall covers 2006-2007 model year Civic hybrids. The company says the voltage converter that relays power from the motor assist system to the vehicle's electrical components could fail. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/cars/ci_17555759?nclick_check=1 AUTOS: Electric-Charging-Station Firms Plug Into Public Money. Chicago ---- When politicians tout the benefits of public subsidies for electric vehicles, the argument inevitably comes down to two words: Chicken. Egg. It works like this: Consumers won't buy electric vehicles without somewhere to charge them. But no one will build charging stations without electric vehicles to use them. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_5347919e-fb56-5029-9174-5a51b36000e1.html Amid Budget Crisis, Brown Wants $63M For Cleaner Caltrans Vehicles. Nestled within Gov. Jerry Brown's program-slashing budget proposal lies a $63 million request to update and replace the Caltrans car fleet with vehicles that comply with California's clean air regulations, an expenditure [PDF] that the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office thinks is imprudent. Brown has cut state employee car usage, taxpayer-funded cell phones and official trinkets to address a $25 billion budget gap. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/amid-budget-crisis-brown-wants-63m-cleaner-caltrans-vehicles-9049 MISCELLANEOUS True Cost Of Clothing - On The Environment. Bay Area residents pride themselves on eating organically grown food, driving hybrid cars, choosing reusable bags over paper or plastic, and drying their clothes on a line outside when the weather turns warm. But many may not consider the clothes themselves, and the energy and natural resources involved to make that shirt or favorite pair of jeans. The new exhibition "Eco Chic: Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion" at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art makes visitors ponder those questions and more. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/06/LVL41HS7BU.DTL&type=printable Hearing To Begin In Conocophillips Complaints. It was one of Contra Costa's most notorious industrial chemical releases. In August 1994, a refinery tower leak developed and for 16 days a toxic mist sprayed over Crockett and Rodeo while managers kept pushing to meet gasoline production goals. Up to 225 tons of a sticky substance called Catacarb spewed out, settling on cars, gardens and property in Rodeo and Crockett. Six thousand people said they were sickened, and the company that owned the refinery then, Unocal, eventually agreed to pay them $80 million. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/environment/ci_17547211?nclick_check=1 Alpha Buys Stake In 'Green' Cement Company. Abingdon, Va. (AP) - Mine operator Alpha Natural Resources says it's buying a stake in a company that makes environmentally friendly cement from fly ash left over from burning coal. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/07/alpha-buys-stake-in-green-cement-company/ Eye On The Environment: Termite Control Doesn't Have To Be Toxic. What can environmentalists do when their house is infested with termites? Some people refuse to be pestered by pests and choose to live with the slow destruction of their home's wood until they move. A typical dry-wood termite colony consumes one pound of wood per year and often travels more than 12 inches a year, so ignoring termites for too long is not really a green option. At some point, the house must be saved, and a lot of demolition and reconstruction will be required to make up for years of neglect. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/05/termite-control-doesnt-have-to-be-toxic/ OPINION Stopping Coal At The Coast. Plans to export more coal to China will only hurt efforts to combat climate change. This year an epic fight is brewing along the West Coast, one that may make as much difference to the future of our climate as anything that happens in Washington, D.C., and one that may also serve as a decisive battle in defining the U.S. relationship with China. Nature left a lot of coal in the Powder River Basin of southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming. The region produces as much coal as all of Appalachia; its Black Thunder Mine is the nation's largest. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mckibben-coal-20110305,0,5200441,print.story Making Green Green. Green Collar Movers and Shakers Gather for Conference on the South Coast. The Wall Street Journal last week wrapped up its ECO:nomics conference which brought together players in a burgeoning green collar sector at the swanky Bacara Resort in Goleta. The title of the event plays on the shared Greek etymology of “ecology” and “economy,” (which means “dwelling” or “house”), and if there was one overarching threat to our collective household that the event’s participants had in mind, it was global warming. Posted. http://www.independent.com/news/2011/mar/07/making-green-green/?print BLOGS For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice. First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing. Xatori, a Silicon Valley software start-up, aims to create a network of electric car enthusiasts who make their household power outlets and home chargers available for drivers who need to top off their battery or who find themselves out of range of the few public-charging stations currently available. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/for-electric-car-owners-a-way-to-share-juice/ Is Inhofe "Cool"? Catching up on items that should not have gone unnoticed.… On March 2, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Freedom Action honored Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, with what they called the “Coolest Head Award,” for keeping his wits and his cool amidst all the hot air coming from global warming alarmists. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/mar/6/inhofe-cool/ Got An Outlet? An I-Phone App Connects Electric Car Owners With Plugs. Electrical outlets are everywhere. Finding and accessing them to recharge electric vehicles, however, is another issue. While the U.S. government has invested $115 million to build 15,000 public chargers across the country, they are only starting to be installed. Even then, there could be a shortage of available public plugs for EV drivers, the ranks of whom are expected to swell to 1 million by 2015. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/03/plugshare-electric-cars-outlets.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Last Coal Plant In Pacific Northwest To Shut Down Starting In 2020. The last coal-fired power plant in the Pacific Northwest will shut down completely by 2025 under an agreement announced Saturday by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. The first boiler of TransAlta's 1,460-megawatt plant in Centralia, Wash., is set to go offline in 2020 and the second in 2025. “This agreement is sending a message that states are getting serious about combating global-warming pollution and are taking steps to open up markets for home-grown clean energy,” said Bruce Nilles … Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/03/last-coal-plant-in-pacific-northwest-to-shut-beginning-2020.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 State May Scale Back Climate Change Effort. The state Senate's utilities committee plans to vote today on a bill that backpedals on state legislation to fight global warming, but continues allowing utilities to charge customers for federal climate change rules. The legislation, SB 762, and its House version, HB 4117, would repeal a part of state law requiring the state's Department of Environmental Protection to create new "cap and trade" rules to reduce air pollution. Posted. http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/business/realestate/housekeys/blog/2011/03/utility_customers_could_pay_to.html