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newsclips -- Newsclips for April 19, 2011.

Posted: 19 Apr 2011 12:03:08
California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 19, 2011. 
This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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Obama Joins American Electric to Fight Lawsuits With Environment
Agency. In 2004, eight states decided they wouldn’t wait for
President George W. Bush to take steps against climate change.
They sued to force five power companies to cut plant emissions.
The Obama administration today will urge the U.S. Supreme Court
to throw out the suit, arguing alongside American Electric Power
Co., Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL), Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) and Southern
Co. (SO) The administration contends the Environmental Protection
Agency is already taking steps against climate change. 

Court Hears Arguments In New Global Warming Case.  Washington—The
Obama administration and leading power companies are going before
the Supreme Court in an effort to block a global warming lawsuit
aimed at forcing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.  The justices
are hearing arguments Tuesday in the court's second climate
change case in four years.  Posted. 

States' 'Nuisance' Argument Seems To Fall On Deaf Ears In Supreme
Court. Taking up a high-stakes case on climate change, a majority
of Supreme Court justices appeared hostile today as to whether
states can regulate greenhouse gases as a public nuisance under
federal common law. Even the court's more liberal members gave
little hope to the plaintiffs, six states, New York City and
several land trusts, which want utilities that operate fossil
fuel-fired electric power plants to reduce emissions by invoking
federal "public nuisance" common law. Posted.

States, Utilities Ask EPA To Boost Regional Cap-And-Trade Plans.
The states of California, New York and Minnesota, as well as
about a dozen power companies and influential advocacy groups,
have joined forces to persuade U.S. EPA to let states meet new
federal climate change rules by crafting their own programs, such
as the cap-and-trade plans that have been adopted by California
and a handful of Northeastern states.
Under a settlement that staved off lawsuits from
environmentalists, EPA must set new limits on greenhouse gas
emissions from the utility sector this year. Posted.

Study Of Cap-And-Trade Lobbying Draws Angry Rebuke From Left. The
liberal Center for American Progress has launched a pre-emptive
strike against a report by an American University professor that
suggests environmentalists and their corporate allies spent more
on lobbying and advertising then their adversaries during the
debate on cap-and-trade legislation last Congress. Posted.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop In Short Term, Rise In Long Term.
The year 2009 marked a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in
the United States from the year before, according to an annual
inventory from U.S. EPA released yesterday. A decline in
electricity and fuel use led to the decrease in overall
emissions, which dropped by 6.1 percent from 2008 to 2009,
according to the inventory. A consumer shift to low-carbon fuels
played another role as prices for coal went up and prices for
natural gas went down, according to the inventory. Posted.

In Mass., Belief In Climate Change Is Stronger Than Action To
Prevent It. Promoting the economic benefits of lowering carbon
emissions could cause "fatigue around global warming" if green
jobs are oversold, says a new study on the attitudes of
Massachusetts residents. The research, which finds that 59
percent of state residents believe humans are contributing to
climate change, urges officials to focus on the environmental
impacts of warming as the state seeks to reach its ambitious
climate goals. Posted.

Germany Squanders Chance to Pioneer CO2 Capture Technology.  It's
an unusual drilling facility that stands on the outskirts of
Ketzin, a town in the eastern German state of Brandenburg.
Instead of pumping something out of the ground, it is forcing
something into the earth.  That something is carbon dioxide. The
scientists with the Potsdam-based German Research Center for
Geosciences are injecting the gas into porous sandstone 650
meters (2,100 feet) beneath the surface. Posted. 


Ethanol Rebounds From Two-Week Low as Corn Prices Go Higher. 
Ethanol futures rebounded from a two-week low on concern that bad
weather will hurt corn crops and boost production costs.  The
alternative fuel gained the most since April 8 as corn rose amid
cold, wet Midwestern weather that could delay planting and reduce
crop yields. Ethanol in the U.S. is distilled from the grain. 

New Fast-Fill Station For Compressed Natural Gas.  The city of
Elk Grove has opened a fast-fill compressed natural gas station,
the first of its kind in south Sacramento County.  The station,
at 9050 Elkmont Drive near the city's corporation yard, is used
to fuel the city's fleet of 43 CNG e-tran buses and is now open
to other transit agencies and the general public 24 hours a day. 


Automakers Unveil Ambitious China Expansion Plans. Global
automakers unveiled ambitious expansion plans for China on
Tuesday, targeting the country's newly prosperous drivers as the
industry struggles to recover from Japan's tsunami. Nissan Motor
Co. plans to raise sales by about 15 percent to 1.15 million
vehicles this year, said CEO Carlos Ghosn. He spoke as the
company unveiled the new Tiida sedan, one of a series of world
premieres at Shanghai's auto show by automakers that reflect
China's critical importance to their sales. Posted. 

DOE Allots $5M To Encourage Electric Vehicle Deployment. The
Department of Energy will open up $5 million for community and
local projects designed to facilitate the deployment of electric
vehicles in the next few years, Secretary Steven Chu said today.
Speaking at the opening of the Electric Drive Transportation
Association conference in Washington, D.C., Chu also announced
that the administration was launching a partnership with Google
Inc. and more than 80 EV companies to create a national charging
station map. Posted.


San Joaquin Air Board Help On Electric Mowers.  Air quality
officials have trimmed the cost of switching from gasoline-
powered lawn mowers to cleaner electric models. 
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is offering
a limited number of vouchers that enable residents to pay $50 for
a cordless electric mower with a 14-inch blade or $100 for a
19-inch version. The Clean, Green Yard Machine program will
continue while funding lasts. Posted. 

Solar Power: Breakthrough Could Herald Big Drop In Costs. 
Scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered a new
effect from an old property of light, which they say could lead
to an "optical battery" that converts sunlight to electricity at
a fraction of the cost of today's photovoltaic cells.  Posted. 

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