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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 28, 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 State Clean Air Agencies Lose $112 Million in EPA Budget-Cutting. Washington—Those conducting triage on the gimpy EPA budget that limped out of the U.S. Capitol in mid-April describe the results this way: House Republicans might not have landed the gigantic bite they initially sought, but they still managed to launch their share of substantial licks. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/27/idUS132376617720110427 Valley's Bad Air Better, Slightly. Most of the San Joaquin Valley has reduced its air pollution, but the region still has some of the dirtiest air in the nation, said a report Wednesday from the American Lung Association. It said Stanislaus County had the 12th worst rate of particle pollution, including dust and other lung irritants, out of 277 areas surveyed from 2007 through 2009. It ranked 14th for ozone, a component of smog. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/27/1664193/valleys-bad-air-better-slightly.html CLIMATE CHANGE DOE Expert Sees Growth In China's GHG Emissions Stopping In 2 Decades -- If Everything Goes Right. China's energy use should flatten out sometime around 2030, with a similar leveling off of its greenhouse gas emissions, a federal researcher said yesterday. Mark Levine, director of the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said his research bucks the mainstream view that China's energy appetite is swelling indefinitely. Instead, as Levine and others argue in a report released yesterday, China will reach "saturation" around 2030 -- it simply won't have to make appliances, roads and raw materials at the pace it needs to right now. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/28/2 FUELS UCD Researcher Gains Grant For Biofuel Work. The National Science Foundation has awarded $407,000 to a University of California, Davis professor for her research on cellulosic biofuels. Tina Jeoh, a UC Davis assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, will use the five-year award to study how microbial enzymes break down plant cell walls for the development of biofuels and other products. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/28/1664098/ucd-researcher-gains-grant-for.html http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=9856 China Coal-Fired Power Generation Share To Drop To 30% By 2050: Study. The use of coal-fired power plants in China to generate electricity will drop to as low as 30% by 2050 after the fossil fuel accounted for 74% of the country's electricity generation in 2005, according to a study released Thursday by the US-based Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The forecast is one of many made by the authors of the study, which analyzed current and past energy infrastructure and electricity demand trends in China in an effort to predict the future of the country's energy use and output of greenhouse gases linked to global warming. Posted. http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/Coal/6033916 GREEN ENERGY Google: Renewable Energy Is Long-Term Effort. Washington (Reuters) - Google Inc has not given up on its goal of making renewable energy cheaper than coal for consumers but it is not predicting victory soon, its director of green business operations said. "We are still moving forward," said Rick Needham, in an interview at the company's office in Washington. "I think that is an important goal and a very aspirational goal, but we are doing what we can." Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/28/us-google-cleanenergy-idUSTRE73Q8IR20110428 State's Efficiency Law Quickly Cuts Computer Energy Demands – Report. A law signed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) last year to cut energy use by state-owned computer systems and employees has already saved enough power to keep the lights on in 2,000 homes annually, the state said in a new analysis. The law, known as A.B. 2408, directed information technology managers of state systems to reduce electricity use by 20 percent by July 1 and another 20 percent by July 1, 2012. It went into effect about six months ago. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/04/28/5 Obama Highlights Energy Agenda At NYC Fundraisers. President Obama cast energy reform as a major piece of unfinished business for his administration in a trio of New York City fundraisers last night, defending his spending on renewable power and promising not "to sacrifice clean air and clean water" during deficit-reduction talks. The president's remarks came as Republicans gear up for a summer of slamming the White House over domestic fossil-fuel production policies that they blame for driving gas above $4 per gallon in many areas of the country. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/04/28/5 Small vs Big Solar: Small Solar Has Many Advantages. When we wrote our story, Small vs Large Solar, we thought we were alone in wondering why mammoth solar plants that cover thousands of acres of desert habitat were being emphasized over distributed solar that would cover the roofs of millions of buildings in the US. Posted. http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/22325 MISCELLANEOUS Boeing Prevails; State Cleanup Law Is Struck Down. Suit centered on polluted field lab site. A federal judge this week struck down as unconstitutional a landmark state law setting strict cleanup standards at a polluted former rocket engine and nuclear test site south of Simi Valley. Judge John F. Walter ruled the law, Senate Bill 990, unjustifiably singles out one site, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, for "uniquely onerous treatment" with requirements not related to a legitimate state interest. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/27/federal-judge-slaps-down-state-santa-susana-lab/?print=1 OPINION Viewpoints: Flame Retardants Are The Asbestos Of Our Time. A half century ago, asbestos seemed a wondrous material. Added to building insulation, brake pads and other products, the fibrous substance stopped the spread of fire and saved lives. But it has ended up killing countless others: Asbestos fibers lodge in the linings of the lungs, where they cause a fatal form of cancer called mesothelioma. There are more than 10,000 deaths per year due to the legacy of asbestos exposure. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/28/3584223/viewpoints-flame-retardants-are.html Warming Up To Climate-Change Rhetoric. Have you considered that our planet would die without carbon dioxide? Every living being — including humans — breathe in oxygen and exhale CO2. And, plants do the exact opposite. In fact, some people refer to CO2 as plant food. So, we have this cool, synergistic thing going on here between plants and animals. What, exactly, is the problem with this so-called phenomenon of global warming? Posted. http://www.santamariatimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/commentary/article_83bc341a-7155-11e0-a845-001cc4c002e0.html BLOGS U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projected to Grow Slowly. Even if the United States takes no explicit action to regulate greenhouse gases, emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering substances will grow slowly over the next two decades, not returning to 2005 levels until 2027, according to a new projection from the Energy Information Administration, the research branch of the Energy Department. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 3 percent in 2008 and 7 percent in 2009, largely because of the recession. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/u-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions-projected-to-grow-slowly/?pagemode=print American Lung Association to Los Angeles: Your Air Quality Sucks! The American Lung Association just released a health report Los Angeles politicians will most probably try to ignore, and hope the public will not notice, but facts are facts: Los Angeles' air quality sucks, and its residents are paying the price. According to the ALA's "State of the Air 2011" study, Los Angeles ranks number one in the United States with the worst "ozone pollution," number four with the worst "short-term particle pollution," and number two with the worst "annual particle pollution." Posted. http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/04/los_angeles_air_quality.php Why The Government Is Missing The Point In Chasing Reduced CO2 Emissions. The government's relentless pursuit of reducing CO2 emissions is at high risk of failure if it continues to miss the point about the reason for high outputs. By focusing less on CO2 and more on energy, we would have a much better chance of success in the short term. Current thinking simply fails to differentiate between supply side energy and demand side energy management. Long-term success is less certain and depends on fundamental changes in energy production. Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/industry-voice-blog/2045969/government-missing-chasing-reduced-co2-emissions What’s Next For The Enviro-Business Coalition That Defeated California’s Prop 23? Much of the green movement has been mounting a rearguard fight in Washington to fend off attempts to gut the U.S. EPA in the wake of the Republican sweep of the 2010 elections. California, as usual, is heading down a different road. The enviro-business coalition that defeated Prop 23, Texas oil companies' attempt to derail the state's global-warming law, is stepping up effort to push lawmakers to expand California's climate-change efforts. Posted. http://www.grist.org/cleantech/2011-04-27-whats-next-enviro-business-coalition-that-defeated-calif-prop-23 Review of Spencer’s ‘Great Global Warming Blunder’ A good writer knows their audience, and Roy Spencer knows his. There are plenty of people who would love to hear a compelling argument for why no action is needed to mitigate global warming, and Spencer’s book “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists” will give uncritical readers the argument they’ve been looking for. Posted. http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/04/review-of-spencers-great-global-warming-blunder/ Want To Be An Energy Star Superstar? You, too, can be an Energy Star, as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Earth Month efforts to show how citizens all over the country are going green and saving money with energy efficient improvements. EPA’s “Be an Energy Star” video challenge encourages Americans to pick up their home video cameras and document all the ways they’re taking action on improving the energy efficiency of their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Posted. http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/04/want-to-be-an-energy-star-superstar/ Imported Products Undo All Developed Countries' Emissions Reductions Since 1990. Here's some news that should be obvious on some level, but is now backed up with the data to prove it: the cuts in carbon emissions that developed countries have made since 1990 have been cancelled out "many" times over by increases in imported goods from developing countries. We already knew that we've been outsourcing our carbon emissions for years. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/imported-products-undo-all-developed-countries-emissions-reductions-since-1990.php