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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 11, 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 Emissions: State Urged To Tighten Tailpipe Rules. California must tighten tailpipe emissions controls not just to clean up some of the dirtiest air in the nation, but to save hundreds of lives each year and billions of dollars devoted to asthma and other disorders stemming from smog and diesel fumes, a public health group will argue in a report to be released today. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/11/BAUG1JEE99.DTL&type=printable http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/10/v-print/2383730/cleaner-vehicles-could-save-california.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-05-11/u-s-may-require-up-to-7-annual-fuel-efficiency-boost-for-cars.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/10/1683188/study-predicts-savings-with-new.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/10/2383779/study-predicts-savings-with-new.html#storylink=misearch http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/10/v-print/2383730/cleaner-vehicles-could-save-california.html http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/may/10/lung-association-backs-tough-rules-vehicle-polluti/ http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18041065?nclick_check=1 http://www.capradio.org/articles/2011/05/11/-study-reducing-car-emissions-could-save-billions-in-health-costs- Court Ruling Complicates EPA's Refrigerant Phaseout. U.S. EPA is walking a fine line as it prepares new limits on the use of gases that harm the atmospheric ozone layer, one of the largest manufacturers of the ozone-depleting gases told the White House this week as it met with officials about the upcoming rule. The Office of Management and Budget started review last week on an interim final rule that will tell chemical companies how much hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) they are allowed to produce in 2011 and 2012. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/11/7 Asthma Rates Up, Despite Less Smoking And Air Pollution. Los Angeles ---- About 1 in 12 people in the United States now has asthma, a total of 24.6 million people and an increase of 4.3 million since 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recently. The cost of medical care for these patients increased by about 6 percent between 2002 and 2007, totaling $56 billion in the latter year, according to information in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The increases come despite improved air quality throughout most of the country and widespread decreases in smoking. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/article_b8d1bc3f-12aa-525e-9617-f9c42d634a5c.html EPA Defers Air Sanctions Against Sacramento-Area Businesses. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reporting that the Sacramento region has attained an air quality standard it previously failed to meet. As a result, the agency will defer sanctions to businesses that would have taken effect July 5 and other economic sanctions set to become effective Jan. 5, 2012. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2011/05/10/epa-defers-air-sanctions-to-sacramento.html Dumping Continues In Mecca After Odor Order. Soil plant officials say they're in touch with EPA regulators on issue. The heavy hauling trucks continued to rumble onto tribal lands Tuesday outside Mecca, a day after a federal agency ordered a halt to hazardous waste shipments at two plants there. There was activity at the Western Environmental Inc. plant targeted by an Environmental Protection Agency order on Monday, but it wasn't clear if it was business as usual. No one at the plant would say. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110511/NEWS01/105110323/Dumping-continues-Mecca-after-odor-order CLIMATE CHANGE Arctic Nations Eye Future Of World's Last Frontier. (Reuters) - Leaders of Arctic nations gather in Greenland this week to chart future cooperation as global warming sets off a race for oil, mineral, fishing and shipping opportunities in the world's fragile final frontier. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join foreign ministers from seven other Arctic states in Greenland's tiny capital of Nuuk -- population 15,000 -- on Thursday for an Arctic Council meeting on the next steps for a region where warming temperatures…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/11/us-arctic-idUSTRE7490UD20110511 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/us-others-to-clinch-arctic-search-and-rescue-pact-_-and-tiptoe-on-some-climate-oil-questions/2011/05/11/AF64AxmG_story.html Gates Puts His Energy Into Finding Solutions For Climate Change. Seattle - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is investing more of his own time and money in the search for clean energy and solutions to climate change. Gates is moving into a third arena, after software and philanthropy, and is using his Kirkland-based incubator, BGC3, to fund related science. "The more I learn about this problem, the more I see it as super critical," he said. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/11/v-print/3617728/gates-puts-his-energy-into-finding.html DIESEL EMISSION California Businesses Get Help Moving To Cleaner Diesel Vehicles. California small businesses now can tap into a $5 million pool of federal money to replace, repower or retrofit their off-road diesel vehicles, the California Air Resources Board says. The objective is to encourage early compliance with CARB’s off-road diesel regulation vehicles used in construction, agriculture, mining and industrial operations. “Small businesses can take advantage of the loan program and modernize their vehicles improving air quality and public health ahead of state deadlines,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=18390 FUELS Gasoline Futures Drop 8 Pct As Government Reports Lower Gasoline Demand, Higher Supplies. New York — Gasoline futures tumbled almost 8 percent Wednesday after a government report added more evidence that Americans are driving less because of higher pump prices. The Energy Information Administration said that U.S. gasoline demand dropped 2.4 percent last week, the largest drop in seven consecutive weeks of demand declines. Analysts said motorists have been forced to conserve gasoline with pump prices close to a national average of $4 per gallon. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/gasoline-futures-drop-8-pct-as-government-reports-lower-gasoline-demand-higher-supplies/2011/05/11/AFs7OWqG_story.html Corn-based Ethanol: The Real Cost. It was supposed to be the fuel that could wean, at least partially, the United States and other petroleum importing countries from their dependence on foreign oil. Corn-based ethanol was heralded to do the trick and with massive political support from both sides of the political spectrum, it has emerged as the biofuel of choice, anointed by the United States government and enjoying the support of agricultural lobbies and states. Posted. http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm/7401/Corn-based-Ethanol-The-Real-Cost VEHICLES House Dems To Roll Out Alt-Fuel Vehicle, Drilling Measures. House Democratic leaders today are set to unveil two new measures aimed at promoting alternative-fuel vehicles and increasing domestic energy production, fleshing out the party's counterpoint to the revved-up GOP push for faster offshore drilling. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to outline the two bills this afternoon, while the House debates two Republican offshore drilling proposals. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/11/2 Metro Adding More Hybrid-Electric Buses To Its Fleet. Metro takes plenty of heat from bus riders, who complain that older buses break down too often and wheelchair lifts don’t work properly. But on Tuesday, transit officials showed off a new hybrid-electric bus that — in theory — is supposed to solve some of those problems. The “New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40” is an updated version of Metro’s diesel buses, some of which are 15 years old. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/metro-adding-more-hybrid-electric-buses-to-its-fleet/2011/05/10/AFO0TVkG_story.html GREEN ENERGY Bill Gates Calls for More U.S. Clean Energy Investment, Urges American Companies to Work With China. Microsoft founder, famous billionaire and clean energy supporter Bill Gates yesterday downplayed the notion that China is overtaking the United States in renewable energy at a breakfast meeting about climate change in Seattle. "A lot of figures that are thrown about China are sort of these bogeyman, 'We should feel bad'-type things," he said. "But China is very important. China can be a part of the solution here." Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/05/11/11climatewire-bill-gates-calls-for-more-us-clean-energy-in-54756.html?scp=8&sq=green%20energy&st=cse http://modbee.com/2011/05/10/1682282/gates-clean-energy-wont-be-focus.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/10/gates-clean-energy-wont-be-focus-of-foundation/ MISCELLANEOUS Dan Walters: High-Speed Train Trip Going Nowhere. California's chronic inability to govern itself has made it an international laughingstock with a blistering article in the Economist, a highbrow British magazine, only the latest manifestation of that unfortunate status. The state now has another opportunity to either cement its image as a civic buffoon or begin acting like an adult. It is the disaster-in-waiting known as the high-speed rail project. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/11/v-print/3617419/dan-walters-high-speed-train-trip.html BLOGS Ford Says There’s Wealth in Weeds. Petroleum is found throughout passenger vehicles, not only in the gas tank. But Ford announced on Tuesday a project intended to minimize its reliance on petroleum-based vehicle components, and it chose an unlikely standard bearer: the dandelion. Developed in collaboration with Ohio State University, the project harnesses the scourge of lawn tenders worldwide, Taraxacum kok-saghyz, commonly called the Russian dandelion, to produce a versatile, milky-white substance that can be used as a plastics modifier. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/ford-says-theres-wealth-in-weeds/#more-102337 Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Could Save $7.2 Billion Annually In California Health Costs. California could save $7.2 billion in healthcare costs -- and prevent more than 400 premature deaths -- annually if the state adopts a 64 miles- per-gallon equivalent fuel economy standard, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Lung Assn. in California. The Road to Clean Air study estimates a 70% reduction in asthma attacks …Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/fuel-economy-clean-car-standards.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Van Nuys, Long Beach Airports Cited As Major Lead Polluters. The Center for Environmental Health on Tuesday announced impending legal action against more than 40 suppliers of aviation fuel containing lead, often used in piston-powered aircraft engines, at California airports. The Oakland-based group blames ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, AvFuel Corp. and 38 other suppliers for water and air pollution around 25 airports in California, including Van Nuys Airport, Long Beach/Daugherty Field and LAX. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/lax-van-nuys-airports-cited-as-major-lead-polluters.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Calculating Benefits of Cleaner Car Technology. Toughening clean air standards for automakers can reduce California’s respiratory and coronary health impacts and save more than $7 billion annually in health costs, according to a new study funded by the American Lung Association in California. With the California Air Resources Board—CARB—set to devise new standards for car manufacturers, the ALA is pushing them to take the high road in rules that will reduce the maximum amount of greenhouse emissions and particle pollution from vehicles. Posted. http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/quality-of-life/calculating-benefits-cleaner-car/