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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 26, 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 Mecca-Area Residents Air Their Odor Concerns. With a faint, gas-like smell drifting in the air, about 30 Mecca residents and students gathered in the Saul Martinez Elementary School cafeteria to express their concerns about the noxious odor outbreaks that have affected the east valley community since late 2010. It was the first of two meetings scheduled this week to address the problem. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110426/NEWS08/104260308/Mecca-area-residents-air-their-odor-concerns?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage Houston Mayor Asks Impact Statement For Coal Plant. Houston—Houston Mayor Annise Parker has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to require an environmental impact statement for developers of a coal-fired electric power plant proposed for the shores of Matagorda Bay. The 1,200-megawatt White Stallion Energy Center project proposed for Bay City, about 75 miles south of downtown Houston and outside the federal air pollution non-attainment area covering Houston, Galveston and Brazoria County. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_17926580 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17926580 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17926580 CLIMATE CHANGE Calif. Judge Has Carbon Market Choice: Point Carbon. Washington (Reuters) - Plaintiffs in a case targeting California's planned greenhouse gases market on Monday offered a judge a choice of plans to redress failings by the state in rolling out its plan. The court could either put on hold the so-called cap-and-trade market or take the much broader step of halting implementation of the state's full global warming law, including fuel standards and other programs. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/25/us-california-carbon-idUSTRE73O5MF20110425 Clean Air Act Not ‘Ideal’ to Regulate Carbon, Jackson Says. Environmental Protection Agency rules using the Clean Air Act to limit greenhouse gases aren’t an “ideal tool” to cut emissions and combat climate change, agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said. President Barack Obama’s EPA in January began limiting the gases, using the law after Congress failed to pass legislation last year. While the rules are needed to start curbing heat- trapping emissions, legislation is the preferred step, Jackson said today at an energy conference in Washington. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-04-26/clean-air-act-not-ideal-to-regulate-carbon-jackson-says-1-.html Climate Change May Not Dramatically Affect California's Precipitation Or Runoff. The Southwest is likely to become drier and the Columbia River Basin may become wetter, while the effect in California remains unclear, U.S. study finds. Precipitation and runoff in California's major river basin will not fall dramatically with climate change, according to a new federal study that shows rising temperatures will have an uneven effect on the West's water supplies. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-climate-water-20110426,0,4447240.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Flocal+%28L.A.+Times+-+California+|+Local+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Report Stresses Impact Of Global Warming On Valley. Washington -- Global warming in the Central Valley could increase flooding, shrink salmon habitat and invite in more invasive species, scientists conclude in a new report. Snow will melt sooner in the Sierra Nevada, the report predicts. Rain will replace snow altogether in some places. Fisheries will stress out. Surface water will be harder to come by, and groundwater will be drained, as average temperatures rise. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/25/v-print/2363994/valley-warming-could-increase.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/25/1660711/study-climate-shift-means-big.html Imports Offset Developed Countries' Emissions Reductions – Study. Developed countries have canceled out their emissions reductions by increasing their imports from developing countries, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Though developed countries have collectively reduced their emissions by nearly 2 percent between 1990 and 2008, their emissions have actually increased by 7 percent when international trade, both imports and exports, has been taken into account. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/26/14 Fact Check: The NDP's Cap-And-Trade Revenue Plan. With only a week before Canadians head to the polls, the Liberals have launched fresh attacks on the surging NDP, accusing Jack Layton of using "fantasy money" to pay for his campaign promises. While both the Liberals and the Conservatives have turned attacks toward Layton's party, the NDP maintains that they are the only party with a "fully-costed" campaign plan. Posted. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/print/CTVNews/20110425/fact-check-ndp-green-policy-110425/20110425/?hub=SpecialEvent7&subhub=PrintStory DIESEL EMISSIONS Valley Truck Operators Say They Can't Afford Cleaner Trucks. Between the rising price of diesel fuel, increased competition in the trucking industry and other growing expenses, Jaime Robles said replacing his small fleet of five trucks may be impossible for him to afford. And retrofitting them with filters to capture more pollutants that can cost thousands of dollars per truck seems no more within his budget. But new state regulations starting Jan. 1 will require him and other commercial diesel truck owners to buy newer-model trucks with cleaner emissions or retrofit them with special filters to clean up emissions. Posted. http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20110426/NEWS01/104260312 CARB Fines Ships For Bunker Fuel – Will Chinese Ship Comply In CA? Truck drivers have seen smog from oceanliners billowing above ports at left and right coasts for years, and wondered why environmental agencies like the California Air Resources Board haven’t seemed to punish these ships as often as trucks. In reality, CARB does fine shipping lines for breaking emission rules. CARB announced it has fined three European-based shippers a total of $161,000 for using bunker fuel while in regulated California waters. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Apr11/042511/042511-02.shtml FUELS Ethanol Sales Sluggish Amid E85 Push. Despite a push from ethanol lobbyists to get consumers to use higher blends of it, sales of E85 are slow even in the Midwest. Critics of ethanol say that motorists who have vehicles that can use E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, often don't buy it. "Even in states where E85 pumps are concentrated, actual sales of E85 have been stagnant," Shane Karr, a lobbyist for the auto industry, said to a Senate committee this month. The fuel is supposed to be used only in vehicles specially equipped to run on ethanol. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/26/10 The Golden Landfill State: California Democrats Continue To Block Use Of Waste For Biofuels. In California, Jim Stewart, Chairman of the Board, BioEnergy Producers Association reports: “Democrats on California’s environmental committees, for more than six years, have blocked corrective legislation that would enable the state to make constructive use of its organic wastes as a feedstock for the sustainable production of advanced non-food derived biofuels and electricity. Posted. http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/04/26/the-golden-landfill-state-california-democrats-continue-to-block-use-of-waste-for-biofuels/ VEHICLES Zipcar Adds More Vehicles In Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz - With six months of operation under their fan belts, the verdict is in: the county's new Zipcars are a success. Monday, Ecology Action announced that three more cars are hitting the streets: two near Whole Foods on Soquel Avenue and another at Olive and Mission streets on Santa Cruz's Westside, bringing the total to nine. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17926730 Deloitte Survey: Chinese Market Could Spark Mass Adoption Of Evs. The survey, conducted among 1,163 consumers in China, coincides with China's 12th five year plan to increase the amount of EVs on the roads, as well as produce a million cars each year by the end of the decade. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/56920110426.php Cheap Platinum Substitute Could Crack The Fuel Cell Puzzle – Researchers. Expensive platinum could be substituted with a roughly zero-cost material in electricity-producing fuel cells, researchers believe, in a discovery they say could significantly shift the economics of the elusive technology. Scientists with the Energy Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory teamed up in pursuit of an alternative to platinum that could match the precious metal's power output, efficiency and longevity. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/26/4 Ford Posts Best 1Q Profit In 13 Years. Ford posted its best first-quarter profit in 13 years, as its new, more fuel-efficient vehicles reached showrooms during a surge in gasoline prices. New arrivals such as the Ford Explorer and Fiesta small car are selling well. Company profits are growing around the world. And Ford is charging more for its cars, helping offset higher commodity costs. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_4f39bedf-d875-5073-a1aa-444a4b9f317c.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/26/ford-posts-best-1q-profit-13-years/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS GREEN ENERGY SMUD Gets $1 Million For Smart Grid Project. The California Energy Commission has awarded a $1 million grant to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for its regional smart grid project. The state grant comes on top of more than $127 million in federal stimulus money already granted for the project, which will modernize SMUD's transmission system. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/26/1660492/smud-gets-1-million-for-smart.html Wind Power Surpasses Record Peak In Calif. Wind production in California hit a record peak last week of 2,432 megawatts available statewide, accounting for about 5 percent of total electricity demand, according to the state's grid operator. The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said in a statement that this year's peak wind power outpaced last year's record of 1,915 MW. Peak refers to the amount of generation available when demand is highest. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/26/6 Labor, Business Groups Launch Push For Local Renewables. A group of 25 labor, business and environmental groups are pushing for California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to fulfill his campaign pledge of a massive local renewable energy buildout. The CLEAN Coalition announced today it would lobby for a feed-in tariff for utilities to purchase power from small renewable projects on the distribution grid. California has several programs to promote utility purchases of local generation, but none offer a set, fixed price, as a feed-in tariff does. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/26/25 OPINION Battling Over the Climate War. After cap-and-trade finally died in the U.S. Senate last year, it didn't take long before we all started asking what went wrong—and who was to blame. There was no shortage of explanations: a plummeting economy and high unemployment made it impossible to sell major environmental legislation; the White House chose to prioritize health care legislation and never really pushed the climate bill; the simple mathematics of the Senate, with its 60-vote requirement and overrepresentation of industrial and agricultural regions, simply made passage impossible. Posted. http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/04/25/battling-over-the-climate-war/ BLOGS Legislation To Kill Air Resources Board Rejected In Assembly. Legislation to abolish the California Air Resources Board has been killed by a legislative committee. The proposal by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, died Monday in the Assembly's Natural Resources Committee on a party-line vote, with Democrats opposed to the measure. Assembly 1332 would have transferred the Air Resources Board's duties, powers and jurisdiction to the state Environmental Protection Agency. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/04/legislation-to-abolish-air-res.html Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf Earn Top Marks in First U.S. Crash Tests. In the first independent crash tests of mainstream electric vehicles conducted in the United States, the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf have been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/chevrolet-volt-and-nissan-leaf-earn-top-marks-in-first-u-s-crash-tests/?scp=2&sq=vehicles&st=cse Poll: Americans Chilly On Global Warming Fears. Global warming isn't making Americans sweat as much as it used to do. More than half of the U.S. respondents to a new Gallup Poll said it posed a "somewhat serious" or "very serious" threat, but the percentage slipped from 63% in 2007-2008 to 53% last year. Our Corky Siemaszko writes: Concern about global warming also declined in much of Europe, where the fear factor among French respondents dropped steeply from 75% in 2007-2008 to 59% last year. Posted. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/04/poll-americans-chilly-on-global-warming-fears Global Warming, Temperatures, Turtles And Toilets. We kid you not. The global warming mania that swept the nation is subsiding, but in its wake it’s left a horde of unnecessary and counterproductive laws, and more than a few unintended unpleasant consequences. Exhibit #1 – “Federal officials have told a solar developer to stop work on two-thirds of a construction site in northeast San Bernardino County because no more tortoises can be disturbed,” reports Heliogenic.net. Posted. http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/04/25/global-warming-temperatures-turtles-and-toilets-we-kid-you-not/44237/ Start-Up Commercializing NC State Technology For Drop-In Biofuels; Full Commercial Production Targeted For 2016. Avjet Biotech, Inc. (ABI), a developer of small distributive refining systems in the 10 to 15 million gallon per year range and parent company of Red Wolf Refining, has licensed exclusive rights to a technology portfolio developed at North Carolina State University (NCSU) for producing drop-in diesel, jet and gasoline hydrocarbon fuels from triglycerides (fats), and for producing products from genetically modified marine microalgae (earlier post). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/avjet-20110425.html#more GM: 90% of Chevy Volt Customers Are New To GM, Most Trading In A Prius. General Motors says customers love their new Chevy Volts – and the number one vehicle they are leaving behind is the Toyota Prius. Quoting some interesting statistics from an early GM Volt Customer Satisfaction survey, GM's marketing manager for the Chevrolet Volt and EV Technologies, Rob Peterson, says the Volt launch is exceeding GM's expectations. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/article.flash.php?Id=1969&AlertDate=2011-04-22 Los Angeles Cuts Red Tape, Offers Rebates on Electric Car Charging. In just under a week, electric vehicle owners in Los Angeles will be find that owning an electric car will have got a lot easier. As part of a program recently announced by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, residents of the city will be able to fast-track applications to install electric vehicle charging stations in their homes, receiving a decision in just seven days. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/article.flash.php?Id=1966&AlertDate=2011-04-22