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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Senate defeats GOP bid to strip EPA of ability to regulate greenhouse gases. WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and its Senate allies beat back a months-long effort by congressional Republicans to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate greenhouse gases, the heat-trapping emissions most scientists believe is the main contributor to global climate change. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/06/3533731/senate-defeats-gop-bid-to-strip.html Senate votes down effort to weaken EPA authority. WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Wednesday against a measure that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new regulations on greenhouse gasses - a move that further cripples efforts by lawmakers to weaken the agency's regulatory authority. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/06/1633210/senate-votes-down-effort-to-weaken.html http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-epa-20110407,0,3087158.story Senate Dems reject attacks on EPA climate efforts. WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Wednesday defeated a Republican effort to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming. Republicans still planned to pass an identical bill in the House on Thursday, even though it has little chance of becoming law. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/06/1632958/senate-dems-reject-attacks-on.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17787815 http://www.dailynews.com/ci_17785673 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/senate-democrats-reject-attacks-on-epa-global-warming-regulations/2011/04/06/AFj6L3qC_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/04/06/national/w143710D85.DTL http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/07/MNUS1IRK06.DTL http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/06/senate-dems-reject-attacks-on-epa-climate/ POLITICS: Senate blocks ban on EPA climate regulations. Even as Congress teetered on the brink of a government shutdown yesterday, U.S. EPA climate regulations took center stage, with battles raging in both chambers of Congress over the agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/07/archive/3?terms=air+pollution GREEN ENERGY Japan disaster complicates moves to clean energy. BANGKOK—Worldwide calls to curb nuclear power amid Japan's plant crisis could be bad news for the fight against global warming—unless nations finally go all-out to tap wind, solar and other clean, renewable energy, climate change negotiators and activists say. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/07/1633783/japan-disaster-complicates-moves.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17791706 http://www.dailynews.com/ci_17791706 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/04/07/international/i023857D35.DTL http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/07/japan-disaster-complicates-moves-to-clean-energy/ Obama pushes energy policies at Pa. plant. FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa.—Three years after he campaigned at a wind turbine plant in Fairless Hills, President Barack Obama returned Wednesday pitching the promise of energy independence. Obama met about 400 workers and guests in a warehouse at Gamesa Technology Corp., a Spanish company that makes giant turbines that use wind to generate electricity. He talked about moving the nation toward cleaner sources of energy. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_17785890 VEHICLES EPA selects AVL to provide Integrated Battery Cycling System for initiative on automotive electrification standards. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen AVL to provide a battery test system that includes vehicle-simulation capabilities that allow maneuver-based testing at the battery level as part of an initiative related to fuel economy and establishing electrification standards for hybrid and electric vehicles. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/avl-20110407.html#more MISCELLANEOUS Unrecycled new light bulbs release mercury into the environment. Reporting from Walnut Creek, Calif. — The nation's accelerating shift from incandescent lighting to a new generation of energy-efficient bulbs is raising an environmental concern: the release of tons of mercury every year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lightbulb-mercury-20110407,0,3406825.story BLOGS Clean Energy Is a Target of Ryan Budget Plan. A long-term Republican budget plan released this week by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin calls for drastic cuts in federal spending on energy research and development and for the outright elimination of subsidies and tax breaks for wind, solar power and other alternative energy technologies. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/clean-energy-is-a-target-of-ryan-budget-plan/?scp=2&sq=green%20energy&st=Search New Test Appears to Back Range Claim for Battery. Makers of batteries for plug-in vehicles are in something of a tight spot. They are under considerable pressure to improve their products so that electric vehicles will be attractive to more drivers. But if they actually manage to come up with a radically improved battery, their breakthrough is likely to be met with skepticism — perhaps dealing a permanent blow to their reputation. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/new-test-appears-to-back-range-claim-for-battery/?scp=3&sq=vehicles&st=Search Freeway air unkind to mouse brains. This is why mice don’t drive convertibles. As for the rest of us who spend untold hours on the freeways, there’s more evidence that the air around the roads isn’t good for us, even if we’re comfortably ensconced inside our vehicles. Researchers at USC found that tiny particles generated from the burning of fossil fuels caused damage to the brains of mice, including areas responsible for memory and learning. Posted. http://healthyliving.ocregister.com/2011/04/07/freeway-airunkind-to-mouse-brains/31109/ Rescuing data… One of the lesser-known branches of climatology is historical climatology, the study of past climates from historical records of instrumental observations and weather descriptions, with “historical” often loosely taken to mean “pre-government-organized-meteorological or weather service” observations. In the last ten years or so, with the development of digital imaging, increased storage and processing capabilities of computers, it’s become possible to think about analyzing these past records on a daily basis. Posted. http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/04/rescuing-data/ The Congressional Carbon Circus. There's lots going on in the center ring of the Congressional Carbon Circus today. Both the House and Senate are expected to vote this afternoon on bills to block the Environmental Protection Agency from doing its job under the Clean Air Act to safeguard Americans from the dangerous carbon pollution that drives global warming. Posted. http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-04-06-congressional-carbon-circus Report: Land Rover confirms first production hybrid coming in 2013. Land Rover models are high-end luxury SUVs with an ardent fan base. But while these pricey utes are popular, they're also quite thirsty at the pump, and between rising gas prices and increased legislative pressures regarding C02 emissions, the British automaker has undertaken an alternative fuel strategy that should begin paying off soon. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/07/report-land-rover-confirms-first-production-hybrid-coming-in-20/