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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 25, 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 WASHINGTON: Mecca Students Press For End To Foul Odor. Washington - A contingent of Mecca sixth-graders upset about the "nasty" smell in their community met Tuesday with Sen. Barbara Boxer, urging her to remain aggressive in her efforts to crack down on the soil recycling plant that has been blamed for the odor. Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Western Environmental Inc. to stop accepting gasoline-contaminated soil at the Mecca site, Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_D_mecca25.40446ad.html CLIMATE CHANGE Car Labels Add Fuel Use, Savings Comparisons. U.S. cars and light trucks will carry labels comparing estimated five-year fuel costs with those of the average new vehicle following industry opposition to adding fuel-economy letter grades to the window stickers. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-05-25/u-s-redesigns-car-fuel-economy-labels-to-rate-for-fuel-use.html New Car Labels In US Feature More On Fuel Savings. Washington - U.S. fuel economy labelling unveiled on Wednesday includes information on plug-in electric cars and highlights other advanced technologies aimed at reducing oil use and tailpipe emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/25/uk-autos-fuel-idUSLNE74O06T20110525 http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/05/new-fuel-savings-stickers-for-new-cars-unveiled/1 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/business/energy-environment/26label.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/05/24/bloomberg1376-LLR12907SXKX01-2KL43R8IV307FN0CEE7A0PP8IH.DTL&type=printable http://detnews.com/article/20110525/AUTO01/105250417/U.S.-unveils-new-fuel-economy-labels--but-drops-grades#ixzz1NO22S59Y http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110525/CARNEWS/110529886 http://www.ttnews.com/articles/printnews.aspx?storyid=26790 http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/25/fuel.economy/ http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/25/autos/new_fuel_economy_labels/?section=money_latest http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/05/25/us-fleet-goes-alternative-epa-drops-vehicle-letter-grades/ http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/22459 http://www.egmcartech.com/2011/05/25/epa-nhtsa-unveil-new-fuel-economy-labels/ http://www.torquenews.com/766/epa-releases-new-fuel-economy-new-car-window-stickers-2013-model-year-vehicles http://www.fastcompany.com/1755230/new-fuel-economy-stickers-provide-actually-helpful-information-to-car-buyers http://www2.wspa.com/news/2011/may/25/epa-dot-unveils-next-generation-fuel-economy-label-ar-1888355/ http://www.freep.com/article/20110525/BUSINESS01/110525017/New-fuel-efficiency-labels-announced-details-fuel-costs-emissions Explaining The Science Of This Spring's Tornadoes. With the devastating Joplin, Mo., twister arriving on the heels of April's deadly outbreak in the Southeast, many are wondering just what's in the air this spring. Are we in for more? As residents of Joplin, Mo., continued digging out from Sunday's deadly tornado, researchers prepared to visit the stricken city to assess the storm's intensity. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-tornado-qa-20110525,0,4448583,print.story Climate Change Causing Allergies, Researchers Say. Apocalyptic images of global climate change include drought, rising sea levels, suffocating coral reefs and emaciated, drowning polar bears. But a new study points to some of the more immediate and mundane side effects of global warming: runny noses, itchy eyes and persistent coughs. Researchers say allergies are on the rise, and it's the result of warmer temperatures and happier allergens, like ragweed and mold. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/climate-change-causing-allergies-researchers-say-10428 In U.K., Obama Invokes Global Risks Of Warming. During a rare speech to both houses of Britain's Parliament, President Obama today called climate change one of the world's principal threats, while reaffirming the United States' commitment to addressing greenhouse gas emissions through international collaboration. "In a world where the prosperity of all nations is now inextricably linked, a new era of cooperation is required to ensure the growth and stability of the global economy," Obama said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/25/1 FUELS Boosters In Seattle See Future In Aviation Biofuel. Seattle—Boosters of aviation biofuel say the Northwest could lead the way in developing the new industry. Aviation and government officials called a news conference Wednesday at Sea-Tac Airport to call attention to a biofuels feasibility study. The study was conducted by Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest. Members include Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Washington State University and the Sea-Tac, Spokane and Portland airports. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18136153?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com Biodiesel Industry Applauds Federal Flex-Fuel Fleet Directive. The National Biodiesel Board applauded the White House's directive Tuesday ordering the federal government to move toward alternative-fuel vehicles, pointing out biodiesel's unique position as a widely available advanced biofuel that significantly reduces emissions and can be used in existing vehicles. Posted. http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/7812/biodiesel-industry-applauds-federal-flex-fuel-fleet-directive VEHICLES Auto Makers Sweeten the Recipe for Small Cars Goodbye, Hand-Crank Windows and Hello, iPod Docks; Car Buyers' Interest in Compacts Rises Along with Gas Prices. The cheap-looking, cramped, "econobox" car is dead. Auto makers are reinventing small, fuel-efficient cars for American drivers, just in time for another bout of angst caused by gasoline prices of $4 a gallon and up in many cities and forecasts that oil prices will rebound from their recent dip. The new crop of small cars aim for 40 miles per gallon on the highway, while borrowing technology, styling ideas and creature comforts from luxury cars. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304066504576343201704359810.html?KEYWORDS=fuel+standards US Faces 74mpg Eco Target. US President Barack Obama is being pressured by environmental groups to enact tough new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) figures that would require new cars to return 74mpg (62mpg in US conversion) by 2025. Influential US groups, including the California Air Resources Board, want to see the 74mpg target proposal as law by next year. The ruling could have a big impact on European premium car makers, who would have to hit the 74mpg as an average across their entire ranges. Posted. http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/257149/# GREEN ENERGY Google Invests $55 Million In Mojave Desert Wind Farm. The Internet search giant's efforts could help California regain its status as the world's wind power capital, industry experts say. Google Inc. is investing $55 million in a large Mojave Desert wind farm, pumping fresh air into California's struggling wind power industry. The Internet search giant made the announcement in Anaheim at the industry's largest gathering,... Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wind-power-20110525,0,7466621,print.story Report Predicts 236,000 New California Jobs From Tougher Fuel Standards. Tougher fuel economy standards that will put more electric cars, hybrids and other fuel-efficient models on California's roads will create up to 236,000 new jobs in the state over the next 14 years, according to a new report. Next 10, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that promotes the growth of the state's clean tech sector …Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/25/v-print/3651787/report-californias-clean-tech.html State's Energy System Will Need Major Overhaul. California can meet its mandate to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels within the next 40 years - but only with a virtual revolution in energy production and use, said a report released Tuesday. Fossil fuel use must drop dramatically in California, and reliance on renewable energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal power will have to rise significantly, according to the report by the independent California Council on Science and Technology. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/25/BA541JKAP7.DTL&type=printable Report: Better Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Could Lead To New Jobs. A new study finds that cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles will lead to thousands of new jobs, consumer savings and economic growth in California. The report by nonprofit research organization, Next 10, projected the effects of future fuel economy and emissions standards and new vehicle technology. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2011/05/25/report-fuel-efficiency-emissions-jobs.html Greenpeace Says Cash, Technology Key For Developing Countries Trying To Cut Greenhouse Gas. Johannesburg -- Greenpeace has ambitious plans for how South Africa, which hosts international climate change talks this year, can cut greenhouse gas emissions. Greenpeace experts told reporters Wednesday the key for developing countries like South Africa will be getting cash and clean technology from industrialized countries. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/greenpeace-says-cash-technology-key-for-developing-countries-trying-to-cut-greenhouse-gas/2011/05/25/AGP2PGBH_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/25/2401841/greenpeace-cash-technology-key.html#storylink=misearch Smart Grid Costs Are Massive, but Benefits Will Be Larger, Industry Study Says. Deployment of smart grid technology from U.S. utility control centers and power networks to consumers' homes could cost between $338 billion and $476 billion over the next 20 years, but will deliver $1.3 trillion to $2 trillion in benefits over that period. The benefits will include greater grid reliability, integration of solar rooftop generation and plug-in vehicles, reductions in electricity demand, and stronger cybersecurity, according to a new study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/05/25/25climatewire-smart-grid-costs-are-massive-but-benefits-wi-48403.html?scp=8&sq=green%20vehicles&st=cse&gwh=945691CD727DF8C85E79C5AFBFE01278 New Natural Gas Plant From GE Ramps Up Quickly To Balance Intermittent Solar, Wind Power. New York — General Electric Co. has developed a large new natural gas-fired power plant designed to balance increasing amounts of electricity generated by intermittent power sources like wind and solar as it flows into an electricity grid. GE says the power plant, which can produce 510 megawatts of peak power, ramps up twice as quickly as the fastest existing big plants. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/natural-gas-plant-ramps-up-quickly-to-balance-grid-when-wind-dies-or-clouds-hide-the-sun/2011/05/25/AGBdqFBH_story.html GE Introduces Power Plant To Complement Renewables. New York -- General Electric Co. has developed a large new natural gas-fired power plant designed to work with electric grids balancing increasing amounts of intermittent power sources like wind and solar. GE says the power plant, which can produce 510 megawatts of peak power, ramps up twice as quickly as the fastest big plants. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/25/2401796/ge-introduces-power-plant-to-complement.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/25/1703722/ge-introduces-power-plant-to-complement.html Developers Want U.S. To Push Energy Diversity, Not Least-Cost Power. Advocates for building up U.S. wind power capacity are urging Congress to extend tax incentives before deadlines run out in 2012 so developers can get a better handle on long-term project financing. "Relying strictly on market signals is not going to be successful in promoting energy diversity," said Ned Hall, president of AES Wind Generation. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/25/3 Developing Nations Are Expanding Wind And Solar. As the United States and other industrialized countries struggle to decide how to help developing nations expand their renewable energy capabilities, countries from Tanzania to Sri Lanka are surging ahead without the West's help, a new study finds. Still, the report out this week by the German Marshall Fund and World Resources Institute (WRI) notes, while developing countries are showcasing a growing number of renewable energy plans, most, if not all, still need significant financial resources to succeed. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/25/5 Power-Monitoring Program Trims Electric Bills. A program in 11 cities across the country suggests that educating people about their home power use could save them hundreds of dollars a year, utility representatives said this week. Virginia-based company OPower set up the 18-month pilot program with utility providers to increase efficiency by giving customers detailed data on their energy consumption. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/25/9 OPINION Head To Head: Should California Go Back To The Drawing Board With AB 32? THE ISSUE: A Superior Court judge ruled last week that state air regulators must stop carrying out a cap-and-trade plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Judge Ernest Goldsmith's ruling requires the Air Resources Board to examine alternatives to emissions trading to meet targets under a 2006 law, Assembly Bill 32. Ben Boychuk: Yes - New rules won't fix a misguided law. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/25/v-print/3651761/should-california-go-back-to-the.html Californians Will See Similar Benefits When It Comes To Clean Cars. If the U.S. had stronger policies that put cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, trucks and SUVs on the roads, thousands of jobs would be created in California and the nation, according to a new study released Tuesday night by Next 10, an independent, nonpartisan research organization focused on innovation. The study, “Driving California's Economy: How Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Will Impact Economic Growth and Job Creation,” …Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=18495 California and The Ridiculous State of Law in America. There’s reason to rejoice that a California state judge issued an injunction on Friday against the state cap-and-trade scheme (C&T) proposed in 2006. For one thing, the case’s citation name is Association of Irritated Residents v. California Air Resources Board, and how often does that come along? Irritated v. CARB would make an awesome name for a rock band. Posted. http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2011/05/24/california-and-the-ridiculous-state-of-law-in-america/ BLOGS EPA Rolls Out New Fuel-Economy Labels. For years consumers have demanding ever more extensive, useful information on food labels, bank and credit-card statements, and even restaurant menus. Now the reading of new-car window stickers promises to be more engaging. The Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled its latest revision of new fuel-economy labels that are to appear on vehicles beginning with the 2013 model year. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/05/25/epa-rolls-out-new-fuel-economy-labels/?mod=google_news_blog http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/05/25/fuel-economy-question-remains-whats-the-number-for-2025/ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/05/new-fuel-economy-lables-for-cars-and-trucks-unveiled-by-dot-epa.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/epa-fuel-economy-labels-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/05/obama-administrations-revamped-fuel-economy-labels-highlight-gas-costs.html http://www.care2.com/causes/global-warming/blog/EPA-DOT-reveal-new-fuel-economy-label/ http://www.globalwarming.org/2011/05/25/next-generation-fuel-economy-sticker-to-boldly-label-what-no-agency-has-labeled-before/ U.S. Government Buys Its First Electric Vehicles. The federal government handed over the keys to a handful of electric vehicles it purchased Tuesday. The 116 cars -- a mixture of Chevrolet Volts, Nissan Leafs and Think Cities -- are the first electric vehicles to be purchased by the U.S. government for the federal fleet. They will be distributed to 20 agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense, in five cities across the country. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/us-government-electric-vehicles-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Navajo Coal Plant Pollution And Grand Canyon Haze Subject To Hearing. Leaders of several Indian nations urged a House subcommittee Tuesday to stall plans to tighten emission standards at the Navajo Generating Station in northeastern Arizona, which is partly owned by Los Angeles' Department of Water & Power. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/navajo-coal-plant-pollution-and-grand-canyon-haze-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Energy Department Challenges Students, Encourages Home Energy Conservation. In an effort to simultaneously encourage energy conservation and increase students' interest in science, the Department of Energy announced its Home Energy Education Challenge on Tuesday. Administered by the National Science Teachers Assn., the challenge encourages third- through eighth-grade students in individual schools and classrooms to compete against each other by monitoring their homes' energy use for three months and comparing it with the same period one year earlier. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/energy-education-initiative.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29