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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 9, 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 DESERT: Senator Demands Immediate Action To Curb Mecca Odors. Sen. Barbara Boxer is demanding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency act immediately to protect Mecca residents from strong chemical odors that have been blamed for illnesses in the rural Coachella Valley community. In a May 5 letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, the California Democrat asked that Jackson personally intervene to help families "living in unbearable conditions caused by the horrendous odors." Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_mecca07.3fb09e8.html Obama's Challenge: Unite Groups On Emissions Targets For 2017-25. Washington--The Obama administration faces a challenge in uniting disparate groups behind a single national program of fuel economy and tailpipe-emission standards for 2017-25 models--especially in light of recent conflict between automakers and California state regulators. Private talks are under way among the EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Air Resources Board, and automakers in the hope that the administration can propose a rule by September and approve it by July 2012. Posted. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20061090-48.html SB 375 Approaches a Crucial Phase. The rubber is finally hitting the road for California's elaborate sustainable planning model, known commonly as SB 375. Nearly three years after the landmark environmental law was enacted, local governments are beginning to adopt the complex strategies required to implement it. Two weeks ago, the San Diego Association of Governments adopted a draft Regional Transportation Plan, forecasting investments in streets and highways over the next several decades. Posted. http://www.publicceo.com/index.php/local-governments/151-local-governments-publicceo-exclusive/2883-sb-375-approaches-a-crucial-phase CLIMATE CHANGE UN Climate Change Panel Says 80 Percent Of Energy Needs Could Be Met By Renewables By 2050. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- Renewable sources such as solar and wind could supply up to 80 percent of the world's energy needs by 2050 and play a significant role in fighting global warming, a top climate panel concluded Monday. But the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that to achieve that level, governments would have to spend significantly more money and introduce policies that integrate renewables …Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-climate-change-panel-says-80-percent-of-energy-needs-could-be-met-by-renewables-by-2050/2011/05/09/AFoweyWG_story.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/9/un-renewable-energy-key-in-climate-change-fight/ http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/09/1680296/un-renewable-energy-key-in-climate.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/09/2381269/un-renewable-energy-key-in-climate.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/article_1ae6c80b-7cae-565f-8c2a-074ab05dd9d7.html Group Urges 'Climate Justice'. About 70 people calling for "climate justice" gathered at Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento on Sunday as part of an international "iMatter March" to publicize the campaign to halt global warning. The brief gathering was marked by a short march to the west steps of the state Capitol, with loud chants and placards. Participants were the local face of what was billed as the "largest-ever mobilization of youth," a group that vowed to counter climate change and become the next generation of environmental stewards. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/09/1680119/group-urges-climate-justice.html Scientists Measure Arctic Soot In Bid To Slow Global Warming, Oceans' Rise. WASHINGTON -- American scientists working on an island far above the Arctic Circle have been launching unmanned aircraft and digging snow samples to measure how soot helps melt Arctic snow and ice. Satellite observations in recent decades show longer warm seasons and more melting throughout the region. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/08/1679194/scientists-measure-arctic-soot.html Program Helps Grocery Stores Snuff Out Carbon Footprint. Among climate scientists, it’s not the smorgasbord of foods and sundries in grocery stores and supermarkets that are concerning, but the large amount of greenhouse gases emitted from the buildings. But that may change. On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that supermarkets in all 50 states had promised to try to control these gases by voluntarily signing up for the agency’s GreenChill program. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/program-helps-grocery-stores-snuff-out-carbon-footprint-10183 Experts Push For Carbon Labeling, Yet Efforts At Home Are Slow To Start. While large-scale efforts to curb greenhouse gases aren't likely to happen in the near future, advocates are thinking of smaller ways to reduce emissions in the meantime. Recently, Vanderbilt University professor Michael Vandenbergh and two others proposed the idea of voluntarily labeling carbon footprints on products in the journal Nature Climate Change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/09/2 E.U. Proposes 24-Hour Delay On ETS Carbon Transactions To Fight Fraud. The European Commission last week proposed a 24-hour delay in carbon dioxide transactions, shortly after carbon permit thefts estimated at €50 million brought the world's largest carbon market to a halt. The European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) was closed for spot emissions trading for more than two weeks in January and February after hackers illegally transferred about 4 million permits from accounts in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Greece and Romania. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/05/09/3 FUEL Feinstein, GOP Senator Fight Subsidies For Ethanol. Washington -- Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn have joined forces with Tea Party activists in an attempt to kill $6 billion a year in ethanol subsidies, taking on the corn lobby and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist. Ethanol, an alcohol fuel made from corn and used as a gasoline additive, for decades has received lavish federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks, import tariffs and regulations that set a goal of gasoline to contain up to 10 percent ethanol. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/07/MN5N1JCFTV.DTL&type=printable Corn Food Vs. Fuel Battle Turns Political Again. Corn prices are way up, and cattle ranchers, dairymen and others who depend on the grain to feed their animals are pointing to corn ethanol as the culprit. Prices are up, they say, because demand for corn used as a fuel source has skyrocketed. The battle has once again found its way into the political realm, where efforts are under way at both the state and national levels to cut subsidies for the corn-based additive, which is blended into gasoline to help it burn more cleanly. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/08/2381097/corn-food-vs-fuel-battle-turns.html Colombia Pursues Sweet Dream Of Becoming A Sugar-Cane Ethanol Powerhouse. Cauca Valley, Colombia -- Laborers swing sickles and machetes under a punishing equatorial sun to harvest sugar cane in the narrow flatlands along the Cauca River. Though 85 percent of Colombia's cane crop is harvested this old-fashioned way, industry leaders say they have no intention of mechanizing the harvest, for fear of mass unemployment in a rural area where people suffered during Colombia's five-decade-long civil war. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/09/1 Molecules For Sale: Biofuel Outfits Bet On Chemicals. Many biofuel companies are finding the best way to make money is to stay away from biofuels, at least for a while. A number of biofuel companies are first focusing on industrial chemicals or food supplements as they seek a route to get out of the lab and into the market. Chemicals used in everyday products, such as rubber or plastics, are also made from oil as fuels are but they can command higher prices than gasoline and diesel. Posted. http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20060433-54.html VEHICLES On The Money: Brush Up On Alternative-Fuel Vehicles. The timing couldn't be better. Just as gas prices at the pump climb rapidly, automakers finally have a wide range of new fuel-efficient, alternative fuel and hybrid cars and trucks to offer for budget and environmentally conscious motorists. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/09/1680334/on-the-money-brush-up-on-alternative.html Target 62 Mpg: CAFE Debate To Reshape Industry. Quiet negotiations going on in Washington could change profoundly the nature of U.S. cars and trucks over the next 13 years, making more of them electrified and more costly. New federal fuel economy and emissions rules took effect Jan. 1, requiring automakers to hit 35.5-mpg corporate average fuel economy by the 2016 model year. Posted. http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110509/GREEN/110509845 Barring Cars to Clear the Air. Brussels — Cruising through cities in cars has been a part of urban life for decades. But for some European drivers, that pastime could be coming to an end where the authorities want to bar the most polluting vehicles. “The future in city centers belongs to small cars and electric vehicles,” Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the French minister for ecology and transport, told a French newspaper, Le Parisien, last month. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/business/energy-environment/09green.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=green%20vehicles&st=cse Garia LSV Offers Electric Luxury At 25 Mph. The two-seat street-legal golf cart features an elegant look and hand-stitched leather seats. And getting in and out of this plug-in vehicle is easy because there are no doors. As gas prices escalate toward $5 a gallon, one novel fuel saver is generally overlooked: the street-legal golf cart. These electric, low-speed vehicles, or LSVs, have been available since 1998 but have yet to catch on with urban commuters who may not be keen to avoid freeways and chug along at 25 mph. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-autos-garia-lsv-review-20110505,0,4080678,print.story GREEN ENERGY US Ranks 17 As Clean Tech Producer, China Is No. 2. Amsterdam -- Denmark earns the biggest share of its national revenue from producing windmills and other clean technologies, the United States is rapidly expanding its clean-tech sector, but no country can match China's pace of growth, according to a new report obtained by The Associated Press. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/07/1679002/us-ranks-17-as-clean-tech-producer.html Energy Expert Issues Dire Warning Over Oil. Energy crisis expert Michael C. Ruppert says the sky is falling and makes a strong argument as to why you should heed his warnings. Ruppert marshals compelling facts about the imminent collapse of the oil fields, whose cheap energy has fueled developed society's way of life for more than a century. Posted. http://www.pe.com/business/local/stories/PE_Biz_D_bizbooks08.30cf2a8.html World May Draw 77% Of Its Power From Clean Sources By 2050 – IPCC. United Nations -- The world could be drawing almost 80 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report released today. Taking a broad view of renewable power -- including not only wind, solar and geothermal power but also wood scavenged in the developing world -- the report says renewables could constitute about 77 percent of all power generation, measured in exajoules per year, up from 13 percent. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/09/2 MISCELLANEOUS Final Free Tire Recycling Friday In Yolo County. Yolo County will offer its final free tire recycling event Friday in Esparto. County officials said the tire recycling has allowed residents to properly dispose of waste tires that can pose fire, health and environmental hazards. They noted that illegally dumped tires often pollute roads, open spaces, waterways, and the county's farms and ranches. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/08/1679507/final-free-tire-recycling-friday.html OPINION Conn Carroll: Energy issues are Pawlenty's Achilles Heel. When Fox News' Chris Wallace told former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty he was about to play an Environmental Defense Action Fund radio ad during last Thursday's Republican presidential debate, Pawlenty quipped "Do we have to?" After stoically listening to his own his own voice proclaim, "Cap greenhouse gas pollution, now," Pawlenty turned to the camera and said: "I've said I was wrong. It was a mistake, and I'm sorry." Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/print/opinion/columnists/2011/05/conn-carroll-energy-issues-are-pawlentys-achilles-heel BLOGS Climate Panel Charts Options for Renewable Energy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued the summary of its first report on the potential role of renewable forms of energy, from dams to wind turbines and solar panels, in cutting emissions of greenhouse gases in coming decades. The document doesn’t take readers much beyond what is already well established: that without sustained and focused climate and energy policies by governments around the world, …Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/climate-panel-charts-options-for-renewable-energy/ Climate: The Next Generation. What do they want? Climate Justice! When do they want it? You guessed it. Young activists are taking to the streets to call for immediate action against change. Youth turned out in eleven cities across California over the weekend in a series of coordinated demonstrations. Dubbed the i-Matter marches, youth from Eureka to San Diego and from grammar school to college, demanded "climate justice" for their generation. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/05/09/climate-the-next-generation/ Political Polarization Of Climate Change Is On The Rise. It's time to find a good way to reconsider whether carbon cap and trade would eliminate jobs. Samuel Clemens published under the pen name of Mark Twain. If Al Gore had followed this strategy for "Inconvenient Truth" would we now have passed more aggressive Federal legislation for slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions? Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Green-Economics/2011/0509/Political-polarization-of-climate-change-is-on-the-rise