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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 25, 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 Planners To Hear Quarry Dispute. Jan Tucker and her husband hope to retire to the dream home they bought last June in Temecula. But they see a shadow looming over their plans: an open-pit mine proposed for the foothills just outside the city limits. Like most opponents, she worries that the quarry will lead to pollution, traffic backups and other problems that will ruin the area's quality of life. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_squarry24.25341c0.html Sky Savers Program Offers Consumers Way to Save Green and Go Green. Go green and save some green through the Sky Savers program, a public awareness campaign sponsored by the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District. Sky Savers offers consumers promotional discounts and coupons from eco-friendly and green businesses throughout Ventura County. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/22/sky-savers-program-offers-consumers-way-to-save-gr/ Western Environmental Says It's Not Necessarily Source Of Foul Odor. Soil plant defies state demands. Despite recent claims it has operated for years without the proper permits, Western Environmental Inc. continues to accept hazardous waste shipments at its Mecca plant and maintains it is complying with the law. Air quality and environmental health officials believe the soil-recycling facility is the main source of the unusually strong odor that has sickened Mecca residents downwind in recent months. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110423/NEWS01/104230315/1006/news01/Western-Environmental-says-s-not-necessarily-source-foul-odor CLIMATE CHANGE Report Prompts Debate, Soul Searching On Enviros' Cap-And-Trade Bill Tactics. A little-known associate professor at American University kicked a hornet's nest last week when he released a study that took aim at environmentalists' view of themselves as underdogs, outgunned in financing and exposure by "Big Oil," "Big Coal" and other industries interested in maintaining the regulatory status quo. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/25/3 DIESEL EMISSIONS NY Truckers Prevail in DERA Battle. Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that contractors engaged in state sponsored work are not required to abide by the requirements of that state's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act regulations. According to the wording of the DERA, passed by the New York legislature in 2006, diesel powered heavy-duty vehicles "owned by, operated by or on behalf of, or leased by" state agencies and certain public authorities were to be required to use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel … Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-print.asp?news_id=73583 FUELS HEMET: Slow-Fill CNG Station To Increase Efficiency. The city of Hemet will soon have a more efficient way to fill its clean-energy fleet of city vehicles. The City Council earlier this month approved a bid that will result in a new slow-fill compressed natural gas station at its city yard that will cut down on the number of times vehicles have to stop and fill up throughout the day. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_efill24.280e774.html Fuel For Car Or Cows? Many look to end corn subsidies for ethanol. Dairy and poultry industry leaders seek to end a state subsidy for corn-based ethanol, which they claim has driven up the price of their main feed. Meanwhile, the ethanol plant in Keyes has received a $1.88 million state grant for research on possible alternatives to corn for making the fuel. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/23/1657099/fuel-for-car-or-cowsmany-look.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/24/2362803/ethanol-aid-slammed-as-alternative.html#storylink=misearch VEHICLES Electric Vehicle Conference Drives Through Washington. The Electric Drive Transportation Association rolled its annual conference into Washington last week, bringing with it a parade of electric and hybrid vehicles charged with reconciling the country’s transportation, energy and climate demands. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/electric-vehicle-conference-drives-through-washington/2011/04/21/AFV2f5cE_story.html How Often Are Smog Checks Due? Q: Larry A. Roberts, a San Jacinto resident, asked about smog-check information mentioned in a column a few months ago. Another reader had asked whether SUVs are exempt from state smog checks (they're not). The answer mentioned that "vehicles registered in some ZIP codes within western Riverside and San Bernardino counties are subject to every-other-year smog checks." Roberts said in an email, "I thought the every-other-year smog check was throughout California. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_traffic25.2258272.html Program Aims At Fixing Clunkers. REPAIRS: A state plan will pay up to $975 to fix vehicles that fail the tailpipe portion of the smog check. Now is the time to take that smog-causing clunker out of the garage and get it fixed. A state program is offering California drivers up to $975 each to pay for testing, diagnosis and repair of vehicles that fail the tailpipe portion of the smog check. Posted. http://www.pe.com/business/local/stories/PE_Biz_D_smogcheck23.1b2ef5c.html Will Buying An Electric Car Make An Environmental Difference? Sure, you might get a carpool sticker and a tax break. But if you buy an electric car, will it make much environmental difference? Experts say that depends on three factors: What were you driving before? How is your electricity generated? And how many other electric cars are going to be sold? In many cases, people who trade gasoline-powered cars for electric ones won't be dramatically lessening the smog they emit. Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/ci_17918795?IADID=Search-www.dailydemocrat.com-www.dailydemocrat.com Discovery Could Make Fuel Cells Much Cheaper. One of the biggest issues with hydrogen fuel cells, aside from the lack of fueling infrastructure, is the high cost of the technology. Fuel cells use a lot of platinum, which is frightfully expensive and one reason we’ll pay $50,000 or so for the hydrogen cars automakers say we’ll see in 2015. That might soon change. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a platinum-free catalyst in the cathode of a hydrogen fuel cell that uses carbon, iron and cobalt. Posted. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/04/discovery-makes-fuel-cells-orders-of-magnitude-cheaper/ GREEN ENERGY Easier To Track Renewable Energy Sources At New Cal ISO HQ. In a major milestone for the state's renewable-energy program, California wind farms delivered a record amount of electricity last week, while the output from solar power approached last year's all-time highs. The California Energy Commission and the California Independent System Operator Corp., which runs most of the state's transmission lines, said solar and wind producers as of Friday generated nearly 9 percent of the state's peak demand, or enough electricity to light about 2.2 million homes. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/23/v-print/3573198/easier-to-track-renewable-enery.html Being Green: Power Shift Vs. The Powers That Be. More than 10,000 people converged in Washington, D.C., this past week to discuss, organize, mobilize and protest around the issue of climate change. While Tax Day tea party gatherings of a few hundred scattered around the country made the news, this massive gathering, Power Shift 2011, was largely ignored by the media. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110423/WIRE/110429750# Solar: California's New Gold Rush. Green energy offers the prospect of an economic boon, but some worry the environmental, cultural cost is too high. It's been called California's second gold rush: the clamor by large solar companies to stake a claim in southern California's open deserts and capture one of its most abundant resources — sunlight. While many cheer the cleaner energy and economic possibilities utility-scale solar development may bring to a job-starved region, some environmentalists … Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/print/article/20110424/NEWS07/104240320/Solar-California-s-new-gold-rush U.S. Solar Surges, Wind Stalls – Report. Electricity generation from solar panels nearly doubled in the United States last year on favorable state and federal incentives, but the number of new wind installations dropped by half compared to prior years, according to a new report from federal energy regulators. Grid-connected solar photovoltaics added almost 1,000 megawatts last year, up from about 500 megawatts in 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff says in its annual "State of the Markets" report released last week. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/25/9 Eye On The Environment: Do Some Research, Then Go Solar. We represent three competing solar panel installation companies, and we are teaming up to write this column because there has never been a better time to "go solar." Utility incentives are declining, prices have dropped, and our country and environment need solar energy more than ever. Fortunately, federal tax credits are in place through 2016. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/23/do-some-research-then-go-solar/ Electric Mowers Still Available. 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 just $50 for a cordless electric mower with a 14-inch blade or $100 for a 19-inch version. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/24/1658561/electric-mowers-still-available.html MISCELLANEOUS Pediatricians Want Tighter Regulation Of Chemicals. Pediatricians say the U.S. should more tightly regulate chemicals in consumer products because studies show children are at risk. Alarmed by studies showing children are vulnerable to toxic chemicals in scores of consumer products, the nation's largest pediatricians group is joining a campaign to overhaul how the U.S. regulates hazardous substances. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-kid-chemicals-20110425,0,3365437,print.story OPINION The Climate Tort Goes Down. Even liberal Justices can't abide this theory... How unconvincing is the green legal doctrine of the climate tort? So much so that not a single Justice seemed persuaded when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments last Tuesday—even some of the liberals questioned the theory with Scalia-like vigor. In American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, a group of state attorneys general are suing five utilities, claiming their carbon emissions are a "nuisance" under common law. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704658704576274930992503832.html?mod=googlenews_wsj BLOGS Sizing Up the Greenest Colleges. For environmentally conscious students, choosing a school with green principles is getting a little easier. This week the Princeton Review, the test prep firm and creator of popular college guides, and the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization in Washington, released their second annual listing of the 311 greenest colleges in the country. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/greenest-colleges/?gwh=C40611EB1B127AD95413D21F5A2F9239 Chris Paine Stages a Discussion of the Electric Car’s Future at the Tribeca Film Festival. Chris Paine, whose 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” admonished General Motors for taking a not-so-metaphorical wrecking ball to the automaker’s EV1 electric-vehicle program, has returned with “Revenge of the Electric Car.” The film had its premiere on Saturday in New York during the Tribeca Film Festival. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/chris-payne-joins-a-discussion-of-the-electric-cars-future-at-the-tribeca-film-festival/?gwh=1054B9F45D456908E5CC44D7D6922ED3 Are La Nina And Global Warming Behind The Extreme Tornado Activity? Tornadoes have been descending from angry skies with a frequency that may become unmatched in official records of April twisters. Cities, small towns, rural hamlets - even international airports - have suffered severe damage. The atmosphere has been behaving like an unruly teenager, with 275 tornadoes recorded so far this month. In order for tornadoes to form, several factors have to combine in just the right way. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/are-la-nina-and-global-warming-behind-the-extreme-tornado-activity/2011/04/25/AFHoAiiE_blog.html