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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 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 Smog Eating Tiles Combat Valley's Poor Air Quality. Bakersfield, Calif. — Just look out, or look up, and you'll see one of the biggest problems for the San Joaquin Valley: poor air quality. "We have consistently ranked behind Los Angeles for ozone. (It's) our summertime problem, and particulate matter, which is our wintertime problem," said Brenda Turner with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District. Turner said one of the biggest pollution problems is smog that is made up of oxygen, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and nitrogen oxides. There have been efforts to reduce smog, but it's easier said than done. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/health/117707503.html San Jose Puts Support Behind California Air Resource Board. The City of San Jose put forth a resolution expressing support to the California Air Resources Board in promoting clean and energy efficient motor vehicles, energy independence, zero emission technology for improved quality of life. A resolution states that over 90-percent of Californians are faced with public health risks due to particulate matter, pollution and areas that exceed federal health-based ozone levels. Hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, hospitalizations and pre mature deaths due to heart and lung disease are attributed to these conditions. Posted. http://www.publicceo.com/index.php/local-governments/151-local-governments-publicceo-exclusive/2674-staff-report-of-the-week-san-jose-puts-support-behind-california-air-resource-board Why Particulate Matter Matters To Mesa Residents. Welcome to On the Air, an occasional column to keep readers updated on an issue facing Mesa residents: our air quality. Some years ago, the county Air Pollution Control District determined that the air we breathe does not meet state standards too often throughout the year. This first column lays the foundation; future columns will keep readers abreast of actions being taken and what they can do to protect themselves. Most of us who live on the Nipomo Mesa now know that the air we breathe frequently fails to meet state air-quality standards. Posted. http://www.theadobepress.com/articles/2011/03/11/news/southcounty/news13.txt CLIMATE CHANGE Global Warming 'Destroying Relics' Climate change is damaging archaeological treasures which have been frozen for thousands of years, scientists have warned. Remains in some of the coldest places on earth are becoming exposed as warmer temperatures cause ice and hardened ground to thaw, according to research by experts at the University of Edinburgh's Business School. Ancient relics at risk include tombs, artifacts and human remains. The scientists, who studied cases of damage at three sites across the world, are calling for a global organization to be set up to maintain a record of vulnerable sites and to co-ordinate efforts to conserve items that are at risk, particularly indigenous remains. Dr. Dave Reay, who supervised the study, said: Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gC3K8bZOlEFD_fnonoZZbK6aIOZw?docId=N0405181299756883462A Climate Change Poses a Major Challenge for the U.S. Navy in the Arctic. Climate change will pose major new hurdles for U.S. naval forces, forcing the military to grapple with an emerging Arctic frontier, increasing demand for humanitarian aid and creating rising seas that could threaten low-lying bases, the National Academy of Sciences said yesterday. "Even the most moderate current trends in climate, if continued, will present new national security challenges for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard," concludes a new academy report. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/03/11/11climatewire-climate-change-poses-a-major-challenge-for-t-13451.html?pagewanted=print http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/10/1593173/study-navy-needs-to-prepare-for.html http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/study-says-navy-must-adapt-to-climate-change/?scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=cse http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/10/study-navy-needs-to-prepare-for-climate-change/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_c6ece191-7378-5782-95bd-ee4b561c24f9.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/10/2304681/study-navy-needs-to-prepare-for.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/10/AR2011031004857.html House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases. Washington — A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases, chipping away at a central pillar of the Obama administration’s evolving climate and energy strategy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/science/earth/11climate.html?scp=5&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Sacramento County Limits On Development Criticized. Developers and some Sacramento County supervisors on Wednesday criticized as too restrictive rules proposed for the county general plan to limit suburban sprawl. They said rules proposed by county planners could hurt the economy and make development too expensive. They made their arguments against the backdrop of a subtle threat from the state attorney general's office that roughly translated to: Weaken the proposed rules and we'll sue. These "recommendations or some variation on them should be viewed as a minimum," said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Trankley, addressing the board Wednesday afternoon. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/10/v-print/3463535/sacramento-county-limits-on-development.html 'Carbon Nation' Offers Odd, Upbeat Take On Global Warming. Real-life solutions: Texas wind farmer Cliff Etheredge is among those featured in the uneven “Carbon Nation” who are providing clean energy and working to curtail global warming. Piecing together a patchwork in which resourceful rustics and high-rise sophisticates alike take action to create clean energy, “Carbon Nation” might be the most upbeat documentary ever to navigate the generally bleak terrain of global warming. Posted. http://www.sfexaminer.com/print/entertainment/movies/2011/03/carbon-nation-offers-odd-upbeat-take-global-warming Gas Prices Change Energy Politics. Democratic leaders insist that voters won’t punish their party for high gas prices — but the pain at the pump could make it even harder for them to pass the president’s energy agenda. Republicans have shown no fear in tying the oil price spikes to anything on the Democratic energy agenda, from President Barack Obama’s stance on offshore drilling permits to long dead cap-and-trade legislation and pending climate change rules for power plants. The GOP attacks may have no basis in fact when it comes to changing short-term prices at the pump. Posted. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=171C5394-E450-447B-A9D7-F4CDE74D656F DIESEL EMISSIONS Central Valley Air District Program Tries To Improve Emissions From Diesel Trucks. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is accepting applications for $60 million in heavy-duty diesel truck funds. The money is an incentive to replace, repower and retrofit heavy-duty, diesel-powered trucks to reduce air pollution from freight movement through the San Joaquin Valley, according to a news release. More truck owners are eligible for the money, and the district is holding free regional workshops to assist owners in completing their applications. Spanish-language translators will be available. Posted. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2011/03/11/v-print/1806216/air-brief-tries-to-improve-emissions.html FUELS Propel Continues CA E85 Build-Out, Awaits USDA Blender Pump Plan. California-based Propel Fuels, a renewable fuels retailer that owns and operates approximately 21 E85 and biodiesel-blend filling stations in California and Washington, is moving ahead with plans to build out an additional 75 stations in California this year and expand its retail offerings to include other West Coast states. Posted. http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/7561/propel-continues-ca-e85-build-out-awaits-usda-blender-pump-plan Why Is Gas So Expensive On The Central Coast? Gas prices continue to climb and people on the Central Coast are taking some of the biggest hits to their budgets. The latest numbers from AAA show the national average for unleaded gas is $3.52 a gallon. California's average is 40 cents higher, at $3.92. Compare that with $3.97 in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. So why do people on the Central Coast pay some of the highest prices in the state and country? Experts say there are a variety of reasons. Patrick DeHaan is a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com. He says the prices are higher here because the cost of doing business is higher, so gas station owners pass the cost onto their customers. Posted. http://www.ksby.com/news/why-is-gas-so-expensive-on-the-central-coast-/ GREEN ENERGY UPDATE 2-Sempra Unit To Build Solar Plant In California. - Regulated utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a unit of Sempra Energy , signed a contract with renewable energy company Tenaska Solar Ventures for a 150-megawatt solar power plant in southern California. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/10/sempraenergy-idUSL3E7EA2GJ20110310 Interest In Renewable Energy May Stick As Oil Prices Surge. The latest surge in oil prices may help the renewable energy industry reach a turning point after years of boom-and-bust cycles long dictated by the rise and fall in gas prices. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-oil-alternate-20110311,0,5837265.story Clean-Coal Debate Focuses On Gasification Plant. A bill now on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk to build a plant on the far Southeast Side that would supply Chicago customers with substitute natural gas made from Illinois coal has turned up the heat on the “clean coal” debate. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/us/11cnctar.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Green Groups See Red Over Brown's Proposals. The governor says he would consider altering some key environmental laws to please business groups. A coalition of environmental groups is asking state lawmakers not to weaken California's landmark environmental laws during closed-door meetings on the state budget. "The legislature and the governor should listen to the voters: get together to and solve the deficit," Bill Magavern, director of Sierra Club California said in a morning conference call with reporters. Posted. http://www.baycitizen.org/budget-crisis/story/green-groups-see-red-browns-proposals/print/ OPINION Let There Be More Efficient Light. LAST week Michele Bachmann, a Republican representative from Minnesota, introduced a bill to roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs, which include a phasing out of incandescent bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient bulbs. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/opinion/11pielke.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212 Cooler Heads Needed In Debate As Global Warming Takes Hold. Modesto -- What do the following topics have in common: Incivility. Global warming as fraud. Carbon dioxide as a beneficial "life-sustaining system." The global-warming conspiracy. All have appeared in The Bee recently in letters to the editor and an editorial about the need for civility in social discourse. Of all the heated debates on the Opinions pages, it seems global warming elicits the most vehement responses, locally and nationally. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/10/1593370/cooler-heads-needed-in-debate.html Columnist's Source Undermines Public Health. Once again, I'm dumbfounded and, I admit, angered by a Lois Henry column. Henry continues to make a case against the science that clearly illustrates the negative impacts of particulate matter pollution on the health of valley residents ("Politics, air rules make for a smelly situation," Feb. 20). She makes her arguments by holding up Pacific Legal Foundation as a truth-speaking entity. That is either extreme naivete or blatant dishonesty. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/letters/x529879046/Columnists-source-undermines-public-health BLOGS Report: "Stalled" Energy Projects Costing Us. Business group says delays are costing thousands of jobs, billions in lost economic benefits. The US Chamber of Commerce says it's taking too long to green-light energy projects -- not just in California but across the US -- and that it's putting a drag on economic recovery. The pro-business group issued a report that attempts to quantify the opportunity cost of projects that were in permitting or litigation limbo during March of 2010. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/03/10/report-stalled-energy-projects-costing-us/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader