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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 5, 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 Air Quality Measure Could Be On October Ballot. Fairbanks, Alaska—Fairbanks voters could see another air quality measure on the October ballot. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Thursday that the measure would attack air pollution by banning certain appliances and penalizing the improper use of others. The citizen's initiative would prohibit wood-fired hydronic heaters and coal burning appliances, and it would set emissions limits for other home heating devices. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17999153 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17999153 Next Liberty Quarry Hearing Set for June 22. The third meeting on Liberty Quarry is set for next month, giving Riverside County officials time to answer a key ethics question and get a handle on the complicated review process for the proposed open-pit mine. County Planning Commission Chairman John Roth announced Tuesday the next quarry hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 22 at Temecula's Rancho Community Church. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_squarry05.261c18b.html CLIMATE CHANGE New Hampshire Senate Panel Opposes Bill to Leave CO2 Market. A New Hampshire Senate committee opposed a bill that would pull the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program for power- plant carbon-dioxide emissions. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 2-3 today on the bill that would withdraw New Hampshire from the 10-state program, Richard Parsons, an aide to the panel, said in a telephone interview. The bill is scheduled to get a vote in the full state Senate on May 11, Parsons said. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-05-05/new-hampshire-senate-panel-opposes-bill-to-leave-co2-market-1-.html Report: Global Warming Already Crimping Crop Production, Pushing Prices Higher. The warming of the Earth has cooled the yields of corn and wheat in much of the world, a new study finds. Although agricultural advances have pushed global production of staple crops skyward, hotter temperatures in Russia, China, Mexico and elsewhere have stunted that growth and contributed to the long-term rise in food prices, concludes the analysis published Thursday in the journal Science. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/report-global-warming-already-crimping-crop-production-pushing-prices-higher/2011/05/04/AFdsMSzF_story.html Suit Accuses U.S. Government of Failing to Protect Earth for Generations Unborn. SAN FRANCISCO — Advocates of stringent curbs on greenhouse gas emissions sued the federal government on Wednesday, arguing that key agencies had failed in their duty to protect the earth’s atmosphere as a public trust to be guarded for future generations. Similar lawsuits are to be filed against states around the country, according to the plaintiffs, a coalition of groups concerned about climate change called Our Children’s Trust. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/science/earth/05climate.html?scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Climate Change Panel Drafts Renewable Energy Paper. DOHA, Qatar -- A draft report from the world's top scientific body concludes that prices for renewable energy are falling and will keep declining in the coming years with the help of technological breakthroughs. But the report, obtained by The Associated Press, also warns that policy changes will have to be enacted to ensure that renewable energy can achieve its potential in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/05/2376986/climate-change-panel-drafts-renewable.html#storylink=misearch http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/05/2376986/climate-change-panel-drafts-renewable.html#storylink=misearch Climate Scientists Told To 'Stop Speaking In Code'. Copenhagen, Denmark—Scientists at a major conference on Arctic warming were told Wednesday to use plain language to explain the dramatic melt in the region to a world reluctant to take action against climate change. An authoritative report released at the meeting of nearly 400 scientists in Copenhagen showed melting ice in the Arctic could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, much higher than earlier projections. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/04/1673791/climate-scientists-told-to-stop.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/04/2375666/climate-scientists-told-to-stop.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17990934 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17990934?IADID=Search- www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Teen Activist Plans 'Million Kid March' To Fight Global Warming. At an age when most of his peers are worrying about driver's licenses and the SAT, Alec Loorz is tackling some weightier challenges. This week, for example, he's suing the U.S. government in an effort to fight climate change. And right after that, he'll lead what's being billed as a "Million Kid March" in 25 countries. "I think it's awesome," the 16-year-old environmental activist and founder of Kids vs. Global Warming said by phone from his home in Oak View. "We don't have political power. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/04/teen-activist-plans-145million-kid-march-to/?print=1 FUELS Ukraine Looks to Texas for an Energy Path. KIEV, Ukraine — This former Soviet state in Eastern Europe is betting that the path toward energy independence runs through Fort Worth. By drilling in the scrubland and vacant lots in and around the city of Fort Worth, American energy companies have demonstrated that they can produce natural gas economically from shale — a form of sedimentary rock previously considered all but worthless. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/business/global/05shale.html?ref=business Rising Gasoline Prices Fuel The Growing Appeal Of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles. Honda, the only automaker selling natural gas passenger cars, has seen sales of its Civic GX almost triple so far this year, and interest in converting conventional vehicles to natural gas is growing because the fuel costs about half as much as gasoline. With no end in sight for rising gasoline prices, cars and trucks that run on compressed natural gas — fuel that's about half the cost of gasoline — are getting another look. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fi-autos-natural-gas-20110505,0,3379287,print.story Ballot Initiative Seeks 15% Tax On Statewide Oil Extraction. Proponents of a ballot measure in California that would tax oil producers directly to fund state education programs were authorized by the Secretary of State to start collecting signatures today, with an eye on the next statewide ballot early next year. The initiative, which needs about 500,000 signatures to qualify, would direct a 15 percent levy on each barrel of oil extracted in California, to pass on the funds to elementary schools, high schools, community colleges and the state's university system. Posted. http://eenews.net/eenewspm/print/2011/05/04/6 VEHICLES GM Earns $3.2 Billion in 1Q on Higher Sales. General Motors Co. reported its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade, helped by demand for fuel-efficient cars and a big gain from selling its stake in its former auto parts business. The biggest U.S. automaker said Thursday that it earned $3.2 billion, or $1.77 per share, in the first quarter. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/5/gm-earns-32-billion-1q-higher-sales/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/05/gm-earns-32-billion-in-1q-on-higher-02/ Tesla Posts A $48.9-Million Loss Despite Jump In Revenue. The Palo Alto firm's revenue climbs to $49 million in the first quarter, up from $20.8 million a year earlier, on deliveries of battery packs and chargers. Tesla Motors Inc., bolstered by sales of battery packs for electric vehicles, said quarterly revenue more than doubled. But losses grew sharply as costs of developing an electric vehicle escalated. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tesla-20110505,0,5265841,print.story GREEN ENERGY Green Energy Can Wean Off Subsidies, Gradually. London (Reuters) - Government support for renewable energy must end gradually and in tandem with cuts in fossil fuel subsidies, say investors and lobbyists who complain bitterly about unpredictable chopping of incentives. Most green energy sources still struggle to compete with fossil fuels except in favorable areas, for example for onshore wind in coastal areas of Western Europe or in Texas. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/05/us-energy-green-support-idUSTRE7443GA20110505 Texas Firm Has Plans For First Erie-Area Wind Farm. North East, Pa.—A Texas company wants to build the first wind farm near Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. Officials with Pioneer Green Energy, of Austin, Texas, tell the Erie Times-News they've begun leasing property for the planned 7,000-acre wind farm that will include between 50 and 75 turbines. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17998413 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17998413 Riverside Lauds New Solar Projects. With the addition of two city-funded solar projects coming online last month, the city of Riverside has achieved another milestone toward increasing its renewable energy portfolio by surpassing the 3 megawatt mark of clean, renewable energy that is produced by solar generation projects throughout the city. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/riverside/stories/PE_News_Local_W_wsolar05.20b0fa5.html UN To Forecast Renewables Boom Through To 2050. The United Nations is set to forecast substantial increases in the deployment of renewable energy through to 2050 as clean technologies such as wind and solar power improve and costs fall. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is next week expected to publish a set of 164 scenarios, most of which show a 100 exajoule rise in renewable energy capacity by the middle of the century. Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2068122/forecast-renewables-boom-2050 Solfocus Completes A One Megawatt High Concentrator Photovoltaic Power Plant For Nichols Farms In California. California’s central valley region has significant solar resources and a wealth of agricultural business that can benefit from the implementation of innovative solar technology. SolFocus, Bechtel Power Corporation and developer Sol Orchard, have completed a one megawatt high concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant for Nichols Farms in Hanford, CA. Posted. http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/20110426/solfocus-completesone-megawatt-high-concentrator-photovoltaic-power-plant-nichols-farms-california.htm MISCELLANEOUS Phone App Enlisted To Help Map Future Bicycle Routes. Local governments long ago started including bikes in their transportation plans. But while there are tried-and-true ways of figuring out automotive traffic patterns, tracking bicyclists can be more difficult. Well, now there's an app for that. Building on a program out of San Francisco, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments is going high-tech, using next week's Bike Week to urge bicyclists to help with regional bike planning by downloading a smart phone application that tracks their routes. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17994622 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17994622 OPINION The EPA Shouldn’t Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should keep its hands off greenhouse gases (GHGs). That doesn’t mean that emissions of carbon or other GHGs aren’t important national security, business investment, or pollution policy issues — that’s for citizens and policymakers to decide on the merits. It does mean that even if one decides in favor of limiting emissions, the EPA is the wrong way to go. Posted. http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/05/the-epa-shouldnt-regulate-greenhouse-gas-emissions/ Regional Energy Pact Is A Matter Of Security. My Turn. State would be wrong to quit now. As a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a New Hampshire native, I have to speak out against the short-sighted effort by some in the Legislature to pull our state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a program that promotes clean, efficient energy generated right here in New Hampshire. The decisions we make about our energy use here in New Hampshire directly affect our national security. Posted. http://www.concordmonitor.com/print/255014?CSAuthResp=%3Asession%3ACSUserId|CSGroupId%3Aapproved%3AC2LrYMFgYeeUmDA11ajgwA%3D%3D&CSUserId=94&CSGroupId=1 Forum: Don’t be Fooled by Misinformation on Liberty Quarry. Misinformation is a dangerous thing, not only as it applies to this project, but to all matters of great public importance. With regard to the quarry, the myths promulgated by opponents have included assertions regarding the project causing dust clouds over Temecula, being the largest quarry in the world, bringing down the ridgeline behind the city, polluting the Santa Margarita River, causing silicosis and more. None of this is true. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/article_e307154d-1a89-548d-97a7-3469d6cc7c5a.html BLOGS Climate Change: Arctic Ice Melting Faster, Sea Level To Rise More, Report Says. Sea levels will rise more dramatically than was predicted nearly four years ago by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a new study of arctic conditions concludes. The Arctic ice study by the International Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, titled Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA), says that the feedback loops scientists have been warning about already are accelerating glacial melting in the Arctic, …Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/climate-change-arctic-ice-melting-faster-sea-level-to-rise-more-report-says.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Mow Down Air Pollution: Trade In Your Gas-Powered Lawn Mower. Vehicles get most of the attention when it comes to air pollution, but a single gas-powered lawn mower used 45 minutes each week for a year is equal to driving 22,000 miles in a new passenger car, according to the Air Quality Management District, the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of the L.A. area. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/lawnmower-exchange.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Climate Change: Alarming New Study; Report on Effects in Bay Area. Australia's Chief Climate Commissioner, Tim Flannery, stopped by KQED this morning for an appearance on Forum, the station's live call-in program. He spoke about the status of international climate agreements and expressed hope for the process, not something I came across very often as a reporter at the UN climate talks in Cancun last December. "We're slowly gaining the ability to cooperate globally," he told KQED's Michael Krasny. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2011/05/04/climate-change-alarming-new-study-report-on-effects-in-bay-area/ Ford Credits Green Vehicles as Driver Behind Earnings Jump. Ford Motor Company is feeling pretty good about itself these days. The company just announced its best quarterly profits this century. Profits reached $2.55 billion, up, 460 million, or 22% from a year ago. Rising demand for their new line of fuel-efficient vehicles, along with an improving economy, were seen as the main drivers. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/ford-credits-move-green-vehicles-driver-behind-earnings-jump/ High Gas Prices: Want To Be A Cool 'Hypermiler'? When gas hit $4 a gallon in 2008, Americans started driving less – and when they drove, they drove less aggressively. But today, with prices back at $4, demand doesn't seem to be declining, a Reuters analysis shows. Perhaps $4 just doesn't count as sticker shock anymore. Or maybe it's just too hard to break the bad driving habits – hard acceleration, sudden braking, speeding – that contribute to excessive oil consumption. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Editorial-Board-Blog/2011/0505/High-gas-prices-Want-to-be-a-cool-hypermiler Republican Energy Coalition Has The Most Ironic Name Ever. House Republicans are forming a coalition to talk about energy priorities. They're calling it the Guild to Load Our Business Associates with Lucre While Also Realizing Many International Net Gains, or GLOBALWARMING. Ha ha, just kidding! They're calling it the House Energy Action Team, or HEAT. WHAT? THAT IS NOT EVEN BETTER. Given that the coalition is pushing to expand oil drilling, the name is appropriate, but it's rare for politicians to be so forthright. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-05-republican-energy-coalition-has-the-most-ironic-name-ever New York City Taxi And Limo Commissions Selects Nissan NV200 As “Taxi Of Tomorrow”; Fully-Electric Version Possible Starting In 2017. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has selected the Nissan NV200 as the exclusive taxi of New York City for a decade, beginning in late 2013. The award comes after a selection process that lasted more than two years. The other two finalists included Ford Motor Co. and Karsan, a Turkish vehicle manufacturer. The City now will enter into final negotiations with Nissan to make the NV200 the first taxicab specially built for use in New York City. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/05/nv200-20110504.html#more The World’s First Solar Powered Floating Golf Course. The island nation of the Maldives has a series of coral reefs that are being threatened by rising sea levels as a result of climate change, so a transition to floating development is a logical next step to encourage a new boom in tourism. The zero-footprint, solar-powered 18-hole golf course is the combined effort of the architecture firm, Waterstudio.NL, floating development engineers, Dutch Docklands and golf course developer Troon Golf. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/world-first-solar-powered-golf-course/