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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 2, 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 California Gambles on Carbon Trade. Washington — California is putting its reputation as a pioneering environmental heavyweight on the line as it prepares to establish a carbon market in eight months. State regulators are battling the clock, the courts and their own empty pockets as they prepare to oversee the start of the multibillion-dollar market Jan. 1. The idea of capping greenhouse gas emissions and providing cleaner companies with the potential for profit from their success is not new, but it has never been tried in the United States on this scale. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/business/energy-environment/02iht-green02.html?pagewanted=print Carbon Cap a Possibility in Canada's Election. Canadians head to the polls today to determine whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper will keep his job or be replaced by a new leader in favor of carbon pricing. The result of the national election could determine whether Canada dramatically changes its climate policy and moves ahead of the United States in enacting a cap-and-trade system. It also could change how much money the national government invests in energy efficiency, renewable and coal projects. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/05/02/02climatewire-carbon-cap-a-possibility-in-canadas-election-59888.html?pagewanted=print UPDATE: Appeals Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Calif Auto Emissions Rules. Washington (Dow Jones)--A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging California's ability to regulate emissions from passenger cars and light trucks, without addressing the case's underlying legal question. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said an auto-dealers association that filed the case jointly with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce failed to establish standing. Specifically, the court ruled the dealers failed to prove they would be harmed by the California regulations. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110429-713960.html California's Right To Exceed Federal Auto Emissions Standards Is Upheld. In a challenge to California's auto emissions standards, a U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Automobile Dealers Assn. did not have legal standing. California's authority to enact automotive air pollution standards that are stricter than federal law has withstood legal challenge after a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Automobile Dealers Assn. did not have legal standing in the case. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-clean-cars-20110502,0,6015382.story Court Rejects Challenge To Calif.'S Clean Car Regs. San Francisco -- A federal appeals court rejected a legal challenge Friday that sought to bar implementation of a California regulation meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by forcing automakers to make and sell less polluting cars in the state. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the U.S. Chamber of Commerce failed to identify any members affected by the regulation, and the National Automobile Dealers Association didn't prove its members would suffer future harm. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/federal-appeals-court-rejects-legal-challenge-to-calif-program-requiring-less-polluting-cars/2011/04/29/AFnsLGGF_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/29/1667096/court-rejects-challenge-to-califs.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/29/2369820/court-rejects-challenge-to-califs.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_27b5cb73-f951-56ed-9672-fad927113a62.html Communities Win Federal Climate Change Funds. Tackling climate change just got a little bit easier, with some help from federal funding. The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded grants to five local and tribal governments in California for projects that include reducing waste, improving energy efficiency and planting drought-resistant gardens. Nationwide, 50 communities will receive funds for localized efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, totaling $20 million in two years. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/communities-win-federal-climate-change-funds-10090 Cracking The Carbon Code: Corporations, Businesses, Kids Cash In On Carbon. Cracking the Code shows how corporations and businesses can cash in on the new carbon consciousness and regulations developing throughout the nation and the world. Next week, thousands of highschool kids around the world will participate in the iMatterMarch to reduce carbon imbalances in the atmosphere-- "to let the world know that climate change is not about money, its not about power, it's not about convenience, it is about our survival. It's about the future of this and every generation to come." - Alex Loorz. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/environmental-news-in-national/cracking-the-carbon-code-corporations-businesses-cash-on-carbon-review?render=print#print Nations Begin To Plan The Details Of 'Green Climate Fund' The United Nations has started the detailed work of designing a fund that leaders hope will deliver billions of dollars each year to help poor and vulnerable countries address climate change. In a meeting in Mexico City that wrapped up on Friday, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres lauded the work that leaders from 40 different countries directing a transitional board are doing, and warned that a strong Green Climate Fund is critical. Posted. http://eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/02/6 FUELS Arch Coal Mines A Rich Seam. U.S. Coal's Great Escape Continues. Arch Coal is the latest miner to dig a tunnel abroad with its $3.5 billion takeover of International Coal Group. It won't be the last. Despite dodging comprehensive carbon cap-and-trade legislation for now, domestic miners still must look over their shoulders. U.S coal consumption in 2010 was less than in 2000. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to target emissions from coal-fired power plants, and cheap natural gas presents a competitive threat. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704569404576299214071215244.html GREEN ENERGY Permit Process Clouds Solar Energy Projects. For the past several years, the solar installation business has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise depressed local construction industry. But contractors say cumbersome and inconsistent regulations are undermining the sector's growth and are increasing costs for consumers. "It's a nightmare," Kevin Hahner, owner of Roseville Solar Electric, said of the myriad permitting rules that solar contractors face. "The problem is every building department is different." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/01/v-print/3590755/permit-process-clouds-solar-energy.html Real Estate Managers Reaping Rewards From Going Green. Green investing not only helps the climate, but lowers costs and improves returns. Real estate managers are going green for environmental reasons, and are reaping the benefits through lower costs and higher returns. Much of the funding for measures to make real estate portfolios more environmentally friendly withered during the economic crisis, as real estate managers needed money to help cover their debt and maintain their properties. Posted. http://www.pionline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110502/PRINTSUB/305029913&Show=0&NoCache=1&SAXOEdAjax=1&AjaxRequestUniqueId=130435248534419&template=printart MISCELLANEOUS Pesticide Could Have Serious Health Risks. Monterey, Calif. -- California's strawberry crop, the little red fruit that produces a lot of cash for farmers, has a dark cloud hanging over it. The pesticide used in strawberries, Methyl Bromide, is being phased out because it depletes the ozone. Its replacement is a controversial chemical, Methyl Iodide. While this chemical has been deemed safe for strawberries, questions have been raised if it’s safe for workers to apply. UCSF doctor Paul Blanc said exposure to this chemical will definitely cause cancer. Posted. http://www.ktvu.com/print/27737465/detail.html OPINION Dan Morain: Old law bottles up a renewable resource. There's no polite way to say this: California has a lot of gas. Our happy cows, our sewage treatment plants and, most of all, our garbage dumps ooze gas. California has more landfills emitting more gas than any state in the union. It's a classic renewable energy source. Organic garbage in, methane out. But in the state that views itself as the greenest one of all, legislators and regulators have made it all but illegal to transport gas from California landfills through pipelines for use by large gas-fired electrical power plants. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/01/v-print/3590581/old-law-bottles-up-a-renewable.html The High Price Of Ethanol. "Ethanol has a lower energy content than gasoline. That means that about one-third more ethanol is required to travel the same distance as on gasoline." That is a quotation from the California Energy Commission. We in California are buying gasoline with 5 to 10 percent ethanol and it is costing a premium price. It will reduce your gas mileage by 10 percent. Check your car and see. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/30/1668544/the-high-price-of-ethanol.html Menace in Mecca. The public spotlight should not be the only way to protect people from dangerous contaminants. California regulators need to do a far better job policing hazardous waste operations, judging by what happened at a Coachella Valley facility. And a local tribe should insist that any such operations on tribal land comply with state, as well as federal, safety standards. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/editorials/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_02_ed_mecca.260d12c.html BLOGS Energy Information Agency Feels Budget Ax. The federal government’s ability to gather and analyze energy data and produce market forecasts will be significantly impaired by the recently enacted budget cuts, the administrator of the Energy Information Administration said. The agency’s 2011 funding levels were cut by 14 percent, or $15.2 million, in a short-term budget deal signed into law earlier this month. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/energy-information-agency-feels-budget-ax/ Old Energy Strategies, New Century. The Op-Ed page has published “Pain at the Pump? We Need More,” a very retro-feeling proposal for a rising price on carbon-emitting energy sources by Daniel C. Esty, the new commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and Michael E. Porter, a professor at the Harvard Business School. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/old-energy-strategies-new-century/ Whose Life Looks Greener? Towns Compare Notes. Eager to post information about a green event in your town? Wondering what other cities are doing to make their buildings more energy-efficient? GreenTowns.com, a new Web site billed as an online community board where towns can trade information on local sustainability efforts and green events at no cost, was introduced on Monday. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/whose-life-looks-greener-towns-compare-notes/ Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% In First Quarter 2011. Venture capitalists spent the first quarter of the year dousing the clean-tech industry with attention, giving more money to fewer companies and hiking investment 54%. Green companies raised $1.1 billion in the first three months of 2011 compared to $743.3 million in the same period last year, according to Ernst & Young and data from DowJones Venture Source. The number of deals fell to 69 from 79. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/cleantech-venture-capital-jumps-54-q1.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Auto Pollution: California's Carbon Curbs Upheld By Appeals Court. California's authority to pass its own air pollution standards, when they are stricter than federal law, withstood legal challenge Friday when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Automobile Dealers Assn. did not have legal standing in the case. Under the 1970 Clean Air Act, California may request waivers of federal standards in order to enact its own, stricter laws -- a right granted because the state had its own pollution laws before the federal government’s. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/04/california-auto-clean-car-standards.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Stanford Researchers Say Climate Change Affects Where Plants Grow. A lizard is almost invisible, camouflaged in a bush. A bumblebee flits about and pauses on one of the plant's flowers. An ant descends a stem, delivering food to her brothers. What kind of lives would the lizard, bee and ant lead without this plant? It's not a question we ask ourselves often. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/inthepeninsula/detail?entry_id=88128 Cap-and-Trade Best Financed Cause in U.S. History, Study Says. Green-advocacy groups are fielding the equivalent of a full-court press to discredit the principal finding of a study released last week by Matthew Nisbet, an associate professor of communications at American University in Washington D.C. The finding: environmentalists are spending as much – and probably more – money on political causes like cap and trade as their adversaries in the fossil-fuel industry. Posted. http://blogs.forbes.com/williampentland/2011/05/01/cap-and-trade-best-financed-cause-in-u-s-history-study-says/ ANSI Workshop Called For Electric Drive Vehicle Standardization. Convened on behalf of the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the ANSI workshop brought together around 120 experts, working collaboratively through presentations, Q&A and breakout discussions to identify the issues and make recommendations for additional standards and programs that may be needed to support the broad uptake of electric mobility. 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