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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 23, 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 Black Lung Disease Seen Rising In U.S. Miners. New York (Reuters) - Black lung disease, long a killer of coal miners, is on the rise again after retreating in the 30 years since Congress passed tougher mine safety laws, health and safety experts said on Friday. The renewed appearance of the disease emerged from an investigation of the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in four decades. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/20/us-black-lung-idUSTRE74J6DJ20110520 Stench From Waste Facility Overwhelms Calif. Town. Students at Saul Martinez Elementary School had just piled in from recess when the principal began to field alarming calls: a powerful, propane-like stench had swept over the school grounds and was bringing children and teachers alike to their knees. By the time it was over, as many as 40 people had been treated by paramedics for headaches, nausea, dizziness and asthma attacks. Posted. http://www.pe.com/ap_news/California/US_Stinky_Town_574148C.shtml CAP AND TRADE/CARBON MARKET California Agency to Appeal Decision Halting Cap-And-Trade. The California Air Resources Board will appeal a court ruling that suspends work on a cap-and-trade program to cut greenhouse gases, the agency said. The notice of appeal will be filed May 23, Stanley Young, a spokesman for the agency, said in an e-mail today. Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith in San Francisco today ordered the board to halt further rulemaking or implementation of the program until alternatives are properly reviewed. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-05-21/california-agency-to-appeal-decision-halting-cap-and-trade-1-.html http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-05-20/california-agency-to-appeal-decision-halting-cap-and-trade.html CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-California Carbon Market On Ice-Point Carbon. (Corrects last name of specialist to Costantino in 17th paragraph). Washington - A California judge has suspended the implementation of an emissions cap-and-trade scheme till air regulators can examine alternatives, dealing another setback to an ambitious program that could serve as a model for other states. Posted. http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFN2318104120110523 http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2011/05_-_May/California_carbon_market_put_on_ice/ California Judge Puts Carbon Market On Hold. Los Angeles - A California judge ruled on Friday that state air regulators must halt the implementation of a cap-and-trade scheme until they examine alternatives to emissions trading to meet the state's aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith said in a decision that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) should "take no action" …Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/20/california-carbon-idUSN2028317420110520 California: Judge Blocks Cap-and-Trade Plan. A California judge ruled on Friday that state air regulators must stop carrying out a cap-and-trade plan until they examine alternatives to emissions trading to meet the state’s aggressive greenhouse gas-reduction targets. The judge, Ernest Goldsmith of the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, said that the California Air Resources Board should “take no action” to put its cap-and-trade plans into effect until it completes the analysis of the alternatives. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/21/us/21brfs-JUDGEBLOCKSC_BRF.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print S.F. Judge Puts State's Cap And Trade Plan On Hold. California must put an immediate halt to work on its cap and trade program until it completes a review of alternative approaches to reducing climate change, a state judge said Friday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled in March that the California Air Resources Board failed to conduct such a review but left open the question of whether the agency could conduct rule-making, environmental studies or do any other work while the legal issues were being resolved. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/21/v-print/3642941/sf-judge-puts-states-cap-and-trade.html Most Of Calif.'S Carbon Law Unaffected By Court Ruling; Trading Date Could Slip. California regulators still might be able to start their greenhouse gas trading program in January 2012, despite a court decision last week to stay the first trading system in the United States for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, oil and gas refineries, transportation fuels and other heavy industries. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/23/2 Court: Most of AB 32 May Go Forward. But the Cap & Trade Program Remains on Hold. Friday provided another blip in a confusing court fight over California's centerpiece climate law, known as AB 32. A "final" ruling from a Superior Court judge in San Francisco allows most implementation of the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act to go forward, except for the carbon trading plan known widely as "cap & trade." Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/05/21/court-most-of-ab-32-may-go-forward/ Judge Halts Cap-And-Trade Rules. So reports the Bee. The reason? California must put an immediate halt to work on its cap and trade program until it completes a review of alternative approaches to reducing climate change, a state judge said Friday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled in March that the California Air Resources Board failed to conduct such a review but left open the question of whether the agency could conduct rule-making, environmental studies or do any other work while the legal issues were being resolved. Posted. http://blogs.redding.com/bross/archives/2011/05/judge-halts-cap.html Judge Halts California's Carbon Market Plan. California's plans to establish one of the world's largest carbon markets have been dealt a serious blow, after a judge ruled last week that state regulators must put the plans on hold until they have formally examined alternative means of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/print_article/bg/news/2072888/judge-halts-californias-carbon-market-plan Court Halts California Cap-And-Trade Program Pending Revision. San Francisco (Dow Jones)--A California judge on Friday ordered the state's pollution regulators to suspend the state's cap-and-trade program until they revise their environmental review for the program. In a decision issued Friday, Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith told the state Air Resources Board that it had to stop all activities associated with the cap-and-trade program until the court determines that the agency has complied with state environmental rules. Posted. http://research.tdameritrade.com/public/markets/news/story.asp?docKey=1-BT20110520007416-0M1IV3SOI3LDRGDRJT3PGK95D9&clauses= Cap-and-Trade Setback In California. California Superior Court judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled on Friday that the state’s Air Resources Board (ARB) must halt “any futher rulemaking and implementation of cap-and-trade” until the agency examines alternatives policies to meet the greenhouse gas-reduction targets established by Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Posted. http://www.globalwarming.org/2011/05/22/cap-and-trade-setback-in-california/ CLIMATE CHANGE Carbon Traders Ask California Agency for Protection From Fake Offsets. Companies that unknowingly buy fake carbon-offset credits in California’s planned cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases shouldn’t be forced to replace them with real ones, according to emissions traders. The proposed carbon market, which is scheduled to start next year, “cannot work” if the state doesn’t change the “buyer liability” rules for offset credits, …Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-05-20/carbon-traders-ask-california-agency-for-protection-from-fake-offsets.html U.K. Drops CO2 Offset Quality Program, Carbon Retirement Says. The U.K. has canceled its program to assure the quality of carbon-dioxide offsetting, according to Carbon Retirement, a company that helps polluters cut emissions. The Department of Energy and Climate Change said it was discontinuing the system on May 20 in letters to companies accredited to the program, including EON AG and British Airways Plc, London-based Carbon Retirement said today in an e-mail. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-23/u-k-drops-co2-offset-quality-program-carbon-retirement-says.html ADB Invests in Climate Funds That Seek to Raise $700 Million. (Updates with fund-raising target in second paragraph.) The Asian Development Bank is spending $60 million to help set up three venture capital funds developing climate-change technology in China and India, the Manila-based lender said in an e-mailed statement today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-23/adb-invests-in-climate-funds-that-seek-to-raise-700-million-1-.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/05/22/bloomberg1376-LLMRHQ6KLVR401-6N1DBDSTI3013KNKEHV67EKVQ8.DTL&type=printable A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast. Chicago — The Windy City is preparing for a heat wave — a permanent one. Climate scientists have told city planners that based on current trends, Chicago will feel more like Baton Rouge than a Northern metropolis before the end of this century. So, Chicago is getting ready for a wetter, steamier future. Public alleyways are being repaved with materials that are permeable to water. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/science/earth/23adaptation.html?_r=1&ref=general&src=me&pagewanted=print In Australia, a Tempest With Echoes of a Tea Party. Sydney — A plan by the Australian government to introduce the biggest emissions trading scheme outside of the European Union has unleashed a wave of partisan fighting that is threatening to sink the agenda of a second consecutive Labor government. A call in February by the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, for a “people’s revolt” against the plan has incited one of the most raucous protest movements the country has seen in decades. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/world/asia/23australia.html?sq=carbon&st=cse&scp=4&pagewanted=print EPA And Others Announce New Climate Change Awards Program. U.S. EPA last week announced a new national awards program aimed at recognizing corporate and individual efforts in addressing climate change. The awards program will be co-sponsored by the Climate Registry, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Association of Climate Change Officers. It will offer awards in four categories. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/23/6 Challengers Fire Opening Shots In 'Endangerment' Legal Battle. States and industry groups challenging the Obama administration's climate rules outlined their legal arguments in opening briefs filed late Friday with a federal appeals court. First in three related cases on the rules that are being considered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is the legal fight over the "endangerment" finding, in which U.S. EPA concluded that carbon emissions are harmful and therefore could be regulated. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/23/2 FUELS Growing Biofuels, and Shrimp. A group of students at Texas A&M University has hit upon a way to farm shrimp and grow a new biofuel crop in a combined process. The project comes from the AgriLife program, which draws from diverse parts of the school including the Texas Forest Service and the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It's a broad approach that mirrors our transition to a more interconnected and sustainable way of harvesting energy. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/23/idUS367255699620110523 VEHICLES Hydrogen Fuel Cells Are Down, but Perhaps Not Out . With nearly every major auto maker promising to launch a battery-powered electric car of some kind in the next couple of years, it would be easy to presume that hydrogen fuel cells are dead. All the rage just a decade ago as the wave of the future, hydrogen-powered cars have found their thunder—and much of their funding—stolen by battery-powered vehicles. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703778104576286620950028178.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Toyota, Salesforce.com to Build Social Network for Customers. Toyota Motor Corp. and Salesforce.com Inc. will build a private social network for customers who will own electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles being introduced by the Japanese carmaker next year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/05/23/bloomberg1376-LLMYZV0D9L3501-1BQM7CO0I6V5Q3N8QAU6M8PI1C.DTL&type=printable Roadshow: A Prius Party! Q Maybe you should get together with other Prius users and have a tailgate party to remove your carpool stickers. Jerry L.A What a great idea. Carpool stickers for hybrid owners will no longer be valid as of July 1, tossing 85,000 solo drivers out of the carpool lane. This will be a sad, sad day for so many. So what shall we do? Jerry has the right idea: Let's hold a party! A Prius party! Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/mr-roadshow/ci_18105499?nclick_check=1 DOWNEY: Car-Pool Privilege Coming To An End. Ever pinch yourself for not buying a gas-electric hybrid sooner ---- before the state ran out of those yellow stickers that gave vehicle owners who possessed them the green light to drive in car-pool lanes without a partner? Well, it's not going to matter much longer. The special commuting privilege afforded those drivers who snatched up the limited number of stickers is about to come to an end. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/columnists/downey/article_dc4b5f97-5aff-5093-8fbb-a30bf07da11e.html GREEN ENERGY Wave Power A Lost Cause For Now. Wave power always seems to be 10 years down the road. At least. Despite the best efforts of engineers, the idea of generating electricity from ocean waves has proven hard to execute. Companies here and abroad have tested a variety of devices to do it, but the sea keeps chewing them up. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been an enthusiastic wave-power backer for years, studying several locations along the California coast as possible sites for wave-power devices. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/20/BU5K1JIE1M.DTL&type=printable Nature Bowl Puts Kids Through A Green Wringer In Sacramento. So thick was the tension, so palpable the anticipation, that you could cut it with a knife – but certainly not a disposable, plastic knife that would clog landfills, never degrade and, thus, threaten countless habitats. Yes, folks, This … is … Jeopardy! Eco-Jeopardy, that is, at Saturday's 27th Nature Bowl, the annual environmental science competition for 150 top elementary school students throughout the region. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/22/v-print/3644603/nature-bowl.html Md. Firm Proposes Solar Farm At State Prison. Hagerstown, Md. -- A private firm announced a $70 million plan Friday to build Maryland's largest solar energy project on the grounds of a state prison near Hagerstown to generate electricity for the wholesale market. Maryland Solar LLC of Easton said it is seeking speedy approval by state utility regulators and a long-term lease on 250 state-owned acres surrounding the medium-security Maryland Correctional Institution. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/20/1696866/md-firm-proposes-solar-farm-at.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/20/2395675/md-firm-proposes-solar-farm-at.html#storylink=misearch The Answer Is (Artificially) Blowing in the Wind. Nathan Lewis, left, and Daniel Nocera, right, have been developing artificial leaves that make fuel from sunlight. A sample from work at Caltech is at center. ONLY God can make a tree, the poem says. But scientists are working on making artificial leaves that can produce fuels directly from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, just as real leaves do. One day, the new leaves could help people heat their homes and drive their cars. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/business/22novel.html?scp=2&sq=fuels&st=cse&gwh=772BF8E8D9E3318FB424B6A8F6FCEDE5 Wood Biomass Could Be Next World Commodity. Wood, one of the world's oldest energy sources, could become a hot commodity again. But wood fuel must first overcome supply limits and green concerns as demand for renewable energy ramps up. Experts say supply constraints are putting it into competition with the paper industry. Burning wood and crop waste emits less carbon than fossil fuels, in theory, because it returns carbon accumulated by growing plants to the air. But that balance stops if stock is not replanted or natural forests are logged. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/23/9 OPINION Editorial: Pull Plug On High-Speed Rail? Why? News about California's high-speed rail project has taken on a Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde quality. On one side, there's never been more momentum. Headlines tout California's new billions in unexpected federal funds, as other states have turned back high-speed rail funds. The federal $3.9 billion is more than was ever anticipated at this stage of the project. That follows voter approval in 2008 of a nearly $10 billion bond to help develop and construct high-speed rail. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/22/v-print/3642782/pull-plug-on-high-speed-rail-why.html Viewpoints: Don't Give Away Carpool Lane Access – Sell It. While California struggles to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, there is an easy $68 million that is being wasted. To encourage purchases of next-generation hybrid vehicles, California plans to practically give away up to 40,000 green Clean Air Access stickers that will allow plug-in hybrid vehicles access to HOV lanes even when the car contains only one person. Another program provides similar white stickers to electric, natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Giving away stickers is a mistake. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/22/v-print/3642785/dont-give-away-carpool-lane-access.html EDITORIAL: Say Goodbye To Yellow Hybrid-Carpool Stickers. Come July 1, we bid a fond farewell to the yellow hybrid carpool-lane stickers, even though some bothersome green ones are coming in their wake. Starting in 2005, California began handing out 85,000 yellow stickers to owners of hybrid cars, as an incentive to boost purchases of fuel-efficient vehicles. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/20/2396048/editorial-say-goodbye-to-yellow.html#storylink=misearch BLOGS Cities Embrace the Adaptation Imperative. Leslie Kaufman has written an excellent story on how one great city, Chicago, has vaulted past stale debates over the causes and consequences of disastrous weather to begin boosting its resilience to conditions that are most likely to dominate in coming decades. In many parts of the world, prospering cities are making climate-resilient design a priority. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/cities-embrace-the-adaptation-imperative/ Congressmen Seek To Block Pollution Controls On Navajo Coal Plant. The massive coal-powered Navajo generating station in Page, Ariz., spews tens of thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide a year into Western skies, spreading haze across the Grand Canyon and other national parks. By law, the 40-year-old plant is supposed to install the "best available retrofit technology" to scrub emissions from its smokestacks. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/coal-fired-power-plants-national-parks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Decoding the Final Decision in the AB 32 Lawsuit. A Superior Court in San Francisco issued a final judgment today in a lawsuit filed in 2009 by environmental justice (EJ) groups concerning California’s groundbreaking 2006 law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which sets limits on global warming pollution in the state. As expected, the ruling establishes a new timeline and preconditions for continued implementation and final approval of the AB 32 cap-and-trade regulation. Posted. http://blogs.edf.org/californiadream/2011/05/20/decoding-the-final-decision-in-the-ab-32-lawsuit/