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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 8, 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 EU to Propose Carbon Tax on Fuels. BRUSSELS—The European Union next week will propose taxing transport and heating fuels according to their greenhouse-gas emissions as well as their energy content, introducing a climate-change component in EU tax rules for the first time, after years of negotiations. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576250363830343404.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Climate change targets developing world's cities. Many fastest-growing cities, especially those in the developing world, stand to suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change, a new study reported on Thursday. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/07/us-climate-cities-idUSTRE7367DH20110407 BUDGET: Climate riders invite a midnight shutdown. Urgent efforts to avert a government shutdown at midnight faltered yesterday over Republican initiatives to freeze climate rules, a challenge to the president's environmental priorities at the outset of his re-election bid. Controversial policy provisions meant to defund U.S. EPA's rulemaking for greenhouse gas emissions and abortion programs are the key obstacles to negotiating a government funding package through September, Senate Democrats and administration officials said yesterday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/08/1/ FUELS US program seeks to increase use of E-85 fuel. DES MOINES, Iowa — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The federal government wants to increase production and use of a higher blend of ethanol fuel by giving financial assistance to gas stations that install more pumps for the fuel, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in advance of a formal announcement planned for Friday. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/08/us-program-seeks-to-increase-use-of-e-85-fuel/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_dd4e642c-4634-573c-b031-c4bbbcdf9c90.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/us-agriculture-secretary-announces-program-to-encourage-increased-use-of-e-85-ethanol-fuel/2011/04/08/AFbJLQ0C_story.html GREEN ENERGY Los Angeles utility lucked into meeting renewable energy goals, audit says. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent the last four years pushing aggressively toward the adoption of renewable energy without developing a coherent strategy for paying for such fuels, according to an audit released Thursday by City Controller Wendy Greuel. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dwp-audit-20110408,0,4454008.story RENEWABLE ENERGY: Industry claims wind now as cheap as natural gas. NEW YORK -- If wind industry advocates are to be believed, wind power is now as cheap as natural gas, thanks to technological breakthroughs achieved last year. At a finance workshop here, company executives and representatives of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) are telling investors that the average 20-year purchase power agreement for wind now goes for 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/08/5/ VEHICLES Electric-vehicle technology accelerates toward tipping point. WASHINGTON -- When oil hit a record price of $147 a barrel in July 2008, it was a game-changing moment that sparked a serious push to create electric cars and hybrid electric engines that could help wean Americans off oil. Today, crude is back over $100 a barrel and the payoff is the first generation of mass-produced electric cars rolling off production lines. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/08/1635541/electric-vehicle-technology-accelerates.html eCarTec: Global Insight gives forecast for EV market. According to Global Insight, demand for CO2 reduction as well as consumer behaviour changes will define new mobility solutions for the future. However, the firm projects a slow global EV adoption process, believing that even in an optimistic scenario, market shifts from gasoline and other fuels to electric will not occur until around 2030. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/55420110408.php MISCELLANEOUS Facebook shares design of energy-efficient data center. PALO ALTO, Calif -- PALO ALTO, Calif. - Having designed and built a new energy-efficient data center in Oregon, Facebook is sharing the technology for the center and its customized servers with other Internet companies, hoping to cut the huge amounts of electricity consumed by the industry. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/07/1634706/facebook-shares-design-of-energy.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/04/facebook-to-share-technology-developed-for-data-centers.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/08/BUA81ISBVB.DTL http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_17794583?nclick_check=1 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576248953972500040.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLE_Video_Top OPINION Solar power shines as clean tech industry grows. What with gas prices soaring, nuclear energy off the table, at least for the time being, and Republicans looking to dismantle environmental regulations, how is clean tech investment looking these days? Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/08/BUUO1IRJ5V.DTL BLOGS Blocking EPA regs threat to security goals. The Senate recently rejected proposals — originating from both sides of the aisle — that sought to delay or even prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from setting clean air standards. Some even went further, proposing to undercut proven aspects of the Clean Air Act which have dramatically improved our health and America’s air and water quality. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/154531-blocking-epa-regs-threat-to-security-goals Wonkbook: How small differences could lead to a shutdown. We’re hours away from a shutdown, yet there’s still no deal. The negotiations have become slightly reminiscent of Max Baucus’s Gang of Six: a group of people in a room who desperately want to agree on something but can’t figure out how to get the people outside the room to sign off on it. You can tell that Reid and Boehner want to come to an agreement. But having taken Democrats past the Republican leadership’s opening offer of $32 billion in cuts, Boehner can’t take them much further. But so far as the Tea Party is concerned, Boehner still has not taken them far enough. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/2011/04/06/AFpYkb0C_blog.html Climate hawks fight GOP efforts to shut down the clean energy economy. During yesterday's debate on the Upton-Inhofe bill (H.R. 910) to block climate pollution rules, Democrats who support clean energy manufacturing debunked conservative myths about the green economy. Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) discussed their amendment to study the economic impact to American competitiveness of abolishing climate standards while the rest of the world wins the future. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-04-07-climate-hawks-fight-gop-efforts-to-shut-down-the-clean-energy Vestas Announces Launch of the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine. Danish wind power manufacturer Vestas has announced the launch of the world’s most efficient wind turbine, the V163-7.0MW. This huge windmill boasts a 7 megawatt (MW) capacity and a rotor diameter of 164 meters. Improving the commercial viability of renewable energy sources is central to pushing them up the energy supply chain and ultimately reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and offshore wind power projects in particular require substantial investment. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/vestas-announces-launch-of-the-worlds-most-efficient-wind-turbine/