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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 9, 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 Air Pollution Levels Cut on Power Station Cleanup, CLP Says. CLP Holdings Ltd. (2), Hong Kong’s biggest electricity producer, said it reduced levels of air pollutants last year after introducing emission-cleaning equipment at its Castle Peak power station. Sulfur dioxide emissions fell 58 percent from 2009 levels, while nitrogen oxides and respirable suspended particulates in the atmosphere both declined 32 percent, according to a CLP statement released at a media briefing in Hong Kong today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-03-09/air-pollution-levels-cut-on-power-station-cleanup-clp-says-1-.html GRAY: Clean Air Act’s Past Successes, Potential Pitfalls. The Environmental Protection Agency last week released the second prospective analysis of the costs and benefits of the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act (“1990 CAAA”), ordered by Congress as part of those amendments. The benefits are nothing short of extraordinary, and deserve serious attention at a time of equally serious questions about existing EPA authority with respect to both carbon dioxide, or CO2, and health-related, traditional pollution. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/8/gray-clean-air-act-past-success-potential-pitfalls/ TEMECULA: City Approves Resolution Opposing Liberty Quarry. The Temecula City Council took a formal stand Tuesday night against Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry project. After hearing from area residents who fear the project could bring air pollution and sap Southwest County's economic vitality, the council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution opposing the quarry. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/article_c21a79b6-2645-5d8a-aaac-9524cadba312.html CLIMATE CHANGE Carbon Capture Projects Gain. The race to deploy carbon capture and storage projects shifted to North America and away from Europe last year, according to an annual report on the sector, but industry watchers are keeping a close eye on China as well. Carbon-capture technology pulls carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal and other fossil-fuel plants, pressurizes the gas and pumps it underground from permanent storage. The technology is seen by many governments and energy companies as a key weapon in the battle against climate change. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704132204576190361206681144.html Loss Of Satellite Is 'Serious Setback' For Earth Climate Research. NASA's Glory satellite carried advanced equipment to help scientists understand how solar irradiation, clouds and other particles of matter in the atmosphere called aerosols affect the climate. The loss of a sophisticated observation satellite in the wake of a NASA rocket launch failure has dealt a major blow to scientific efforts aimed at understanding how humans may be affecting Earth's climate. A nine-story Taurus XL rocket carrying the space agency's Glory satellite was launched early Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-climate-satellite-20110309,0,5481056,print.story DIESEL EMISSIONS TRU Rule Takes Effect; Enforcement On March 31. California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the transport refrigeration unit (TRU) rulemaking that was adopted November 18, 2010 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This rulemaking was filed with California Secretary of State, and due to the request for an early effective date, the regulatory action took effect March 7, 2011. Enforcement of in-use performance standards for model year 2003 TRU engines begins March 31, 2011. Posted. http://refrigeratedtrans.com/refrigeration/equipment/tru_rulemaking_takes_effect_0309/ FUELS AAA Survey Shows California Has Highest U.S. Gas Prices. The steep increases in the monthly gas price survey released today by AAA Northern California resembled year-end summaries of years past. Statewide, the average price of unleaded regular was $3.91 a gallon, up 50 cents from the Feb. 8 AAA survey. In Northern California, the month-to-month increase was 48 cents for an average of 3.90 a gallon. Bay Area motorists were enduring an average of $3.96 a gallon, also up 48 cents from last month. AAA said California now has the highest average gas price among all 50 states. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/08/v-print/3459127/sacramento-area-gas-prices-jump.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/09/BUJI1I6OF0.DTL http://www.contracostatimes.com/top-stories/ci_17567472?nclick_check=1 Save Fuel, Save Lives With These Proven Gas-Saving Tips. As fuel prices zoom, the advice-givers emerge, unbidden, to tell us ways to save fuel. The average price of unleaded gasoline is $3.517 a gallon, AAA reported Tuesday, and that's up a stiff 39.3 cents in a month and a heftier 76.4 cents the past year. That's an average, so don't be surprised to find $4-plus gasoline some places. A woman gets gas at a Shell station in San Francisco on March 7, 2011. On thinks a lot of the fuel-saving suggestions that make the rounds are half-baked and all-but-worthless. But some are OK, and others wind up being good safety tips, never mind whether they'd save much fuel. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/03/save-fuel-save-lives-try-these-two-fer-gas-saving-tips/1 GREEN ENERGY When Energy Efficiency Sullies the Environment. For the sake of a cleaner planet, should Americans wear dirtier clothes? This is not a simple question, but then, nothing about dirty laundry is simple anymore. We’ve come far since the carefree days of 1996, when Consumer Reports tested some midpriced top-loaders and reported that “any washing machine will get clothes clean.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/science/08tier.html?scp=5&sq=fuels&st=cse Snyder Signs Farm Environmental Program Bills. LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed his first two bills into law, measures to expand a voluntary program to help farmers be better environmental stewards and reward those that meet certain standards with less state oversight and protection from some legal liabilities. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/08/snyder-to-sign-farm-environmental-program/ Wash. Passes Calif. In Luring Private Renewable Energy Investment. Washington state surpassed California last year as the top state for venture capital and private equity flowing to renewable power, according to a new report from a renewable advocacy group. The Evergreen State was the home of nine renewable deals from 2009-2010 worth $7.514 billion invested, says the report from the American Council on Renewable Energy. The group compiled existing data on renewables in every state in the country. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/03/09/8 VEHICLES Valley Congressman Rips High-Speed Rail Plan. Washington – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday denounced California's current high-speed rail plans, further clouding the political future of an ambitious project running through his own Central Valley hometown. The fourth-generation Bakersfield native said California and the federal government would both be wise to avoid spending billions of dollars on a train he predicted would become a money sink. "In today's world, is that the best place to put the money? The answer is no," McCarthy told reporters. "I don't think it's a smart investment." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/09/v-print/3460420/valley-congressman-rips-high-speed.html Aerovironment's Profit Soars 76%. Monrovia-based AeroVironment's earnings rise to $11.5 million, helped by an increase in sales of drones to the U.S. military. Bolstered by an increase in sales of drones to the U.S. military, Monrovia-based AeroVironment Inc. posted a 76% profit gain in its fiscal third quarter. Earnings for the quarter that ended Jan. 29 rose to $11.5 million, or 52 cents a share, compared with $6.5 million, or 30 cents, a year earlier. Analysts on average had forecast a profit of 38 cents a share. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-aerovironment-earnings-20110309,0,6652742,print.story Ford Has Another Car With 40 Mpg. Just in time for $4-a-gallon gasoline prices, the 2012 Ford Focus compact arrives as a handsome new model with head-turning fuel mileage, comfortable ride and luxury options not usually found in small cars. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/09/1590680/ford-has-another-car-with-40-mpg.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/09/2302457/ford-has-another-car-with-40-mpg.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/09/AR2011030901965.html OPINION Help Keep Our Air Clean. Keeping your readers abreast of factors that affect the health of young and old is commendable and appreciated. Mark Grossi's March 1 front-page article warns us, yet again, that we are not "out of the woods" in attaining consistently healthy levels of air quality. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/09/2301529/help-keep-our-air-clean.html#storylink=misearch Keep Harmful Liberty Quarry Out Of Region. With all due respect to Cindy Roth, there is absolutely no shortage of aggregate resources ("OK quarry; it will bring jobs, tax revenue," Feb. 26). Southern California is full of aggregate, though it may not be permitted to be mined as of yet. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/localviews/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_quarry_loc_09.1d04dd0.html BLOGS On Our Radar: $2 Billion Carbon Bill for European Airlines. European airlines will spend nearly $2 billion on carbon dioxide emissions permits next year as European Union rules on emissions take effect, financial analysts estimate. Under the rules, the number of free carbon permits allocated to airlines will shrink considerably beginning in 2012. By 2020, the cost of permits to the industry could climb to almost $10 billion annually. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/on-our-radar-2-billion-carbon-bill-for-european-airlines/ (Video) NPR Officers Compare Deniers Of Climate Change To Birthers And Flat Earth Believers. Senior Vice President of NPR Ron Schiller met with individuals he believed to be potential donors. However, undercover video was running during this meeting. In the following clip, Mr. Schiller and his co-worker Betsy Liley describe how NPR covers those who deny climate change is happening. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/mar/8/video-npr-sr-vp-climate-change-deniers-wont-be-cov/