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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 26, 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 White House Unveiling Plans to Curb Regulations. The White House would eliminate requirements for trapping polluting vapors at gasoline stations and let employers and hospitals file fewer reports as part of a plan it is announcing Thursday to ease regulatory burdens on business. More than four months after President Barack Obama ordered agencies to weed out rules that stifle economic growth, the administration was releasing some details of its proposals. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/26/1705203/white-house-unveiling-plans-to.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18144167 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18144167?nclick_check=1 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/26/white-house-unveiling-plans-to-curb-regulations/ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/26/white-house-unveiling-plans-to-curb-regulations/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_b85a1fdd-3331-54b9-8393-8c91fc356df9.html http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110526/WIRE/110529652 Calif. Can Meet 75% Of Its Clean Energy Goals With Existing Technologies – Study. California regulators are jumping hurdles to meet their target of 1990 emissions levels by 2020, but they still have the long view in their sights. A report released this week by the California Council on Science and Technology, a state-founded think tank, theorizes on how to reach 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, as mandated by an executive order signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in 2005. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/26/5 CLIMATE CHANGE New Mileage Stickers Include Greenhouse Gas Data. The federal government unveiled new fuel economy window stickers on Wednesday, for vehicles starting with the 2013 model year, that for the first time include estimated annual fuel costs and the vehicle’s overall environmental impact. The new labels, which replace a five-year-old design that provided only basic information about estimated fuel economy, represent the broadest overhaul in the sticker program’s 35-year history. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/business/energy-environment/26label.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Obama Issues Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance. One million alternative fueled vehicles by Dec 31 2015. President Barack Obama has issued a Memorandum requiring the Federal fleet, the largest fleet of light duty vehicles in America, to lead by example to help meet national goals of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025 and putting one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015. Posted. http://www.ngvglobal.com/obama-issues-presidential-memorandum-on-federal-fleet-performance-0525 http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=73825 http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iQThWFvjmz9-KnZnXIctshwVP5AA?docId=CNG.ff6c6872dda334a10bad01b3f3ae9c35.a51 Christie To Pull NJ From Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Trenton, N.J. -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that New Jersey will withdraw from a 10-state regional greenhouse gas reduction program by the end of the year, saying the program is ineffective at combating global warming. "The whole system is not working as it was intended to work. It is a failure," the governor said. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/26/v-print/3656512/ap-nj-to-pull-out-of-greenhouse.html Tornadoes! Floods! Droughts! Scientists Say It's Global Warming. Washington -- The deadliest tornadoes in decades. Severe flooding on the Mississippi River. Drought in Texas, and heavy rains in Tennessee. What's up with the weather? Scientists say there are connections between many of the severe weather events of the past month and global warming. "Basically, as we warm the world up, the atmosphere can hold more moisture in it," said Anne Jefferson, an assistant professor in the geography and Earth science department at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/25/1704471/tornadoes-floods-droughts-scientists.html Ruling Throws Doubt On California Cap And Trade Start. It is not yet clear whether a California court ruling will prevent cap and trade starting on time in the state in January next year. A final court judgement last Friday is a setback to the implementation of the emissions trading component of California’s multi-faceted climate change action bill AB32, preventing the state’s Air Resources Board (ARB) from continuing preparations for the scheme which are well under way. Posted. http://www.carbonpositive.net/viewarticle.aspx?articleID=2330 California Bounces Back After Judge Orders AB 32 Review. California’s carbon markets have responded positively to a San Francisco judge’s ruling that ordered further analysis from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) on alternatives to the state’s cap-and-trade scheme, say brokers. On Monday, the ARB appealed the decision and the office of the state attorney general simultaneously issued a stay to allow the agency to continue preparations for the scheme while the case is with the appeal court. Posted. http://www.environmental-finance.com/news/view/1738 CARB Announces Winners Of High School Climate Change Project. California winners of the first annual Climate Generation Program competition were announced yesterday by the California Air Resources Board (ARB). First prize was awarded to Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton. Arroyo High School in El Monte and Ukiah High School in Ukiah won second and third prize, respectively. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/environmental-news-in-bakersfield/carb-announces-winners-of-high-school-climate-change-project Award-Winning Business. ECO-PRIZE—The California Air Resources Board acknowledges Thousand Oaks-based Conejo Awards for taking proactive steps to reduce its impact on the climate and for communicating that information to employees and customers. Actions included shutting down equipment at the end of the work day, using refillable bulk-ink cartridges and converting to 100 percent e-invoicing. Posted. http://www.theacorn.com/news/2011-05-26/Business/Awardwinning_business.html M-A High Wins Top Prize In Climate Competition. Menlo-Atherton High School has been awarded the top prize in the 2011 Climate Generation competition, it was announced Tuesday, May 24. Climate Generation is an annual statewide competition sponsored by the California Air Resources Board that challenges high school students to address climate change, clean energy and sustainability with innovative outreach projects. Posted. http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=8962 DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Amendments To On-Road Rule Could Affect Long-Haul Trucks. The California Air Resources Board has proposed several amendments to its on-road rule, also known as the truck and bus rule. The amendments are described here. The on-road truck and bus regulation requires all trucks to meet 2010 model year engine emissions standards by the year 2023. Fleets will be required to begin meeting other diesel emission standards by 2014 through a variety of compliance options. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/May11/052311/052511-04.shtml Clean Diesel Technologies (CDTI) Announces $2.0 Million in Orders for its Verified Emission Reduction Products. Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) announced today that its Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division has received nearly $2.0 million in orders for its verified emission reduction products. More orders are expected following the announcement on April 6, 2011 by the State of California's Air Resources Board of a special compliance option for California on-road diesel fleets pertaining to the current Truck and Bus Regulation. Posted. http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Clean+Diesel+Technologies+%28CDTI%29+Announces+$2.0+Million+in+Orders+for+its+Verified+Emission+Reduction+Products/6540360.html FUELS New Study Released – Driving California’s Economy. Maybe a coincidence, but on the same day the EPA and DOE released new fuel economy labels, Next 10 released a new study, “Driving California’s Economy: How Fuel Economy and Emission Standards Will Impact Economic Growth and Job Creation.” The study found that policies that support fuel efficiency will drive consumer savings, drive job creation and spur economic growth. Posted. http://domesticfuel.com/2011/05/26/new-study-released-driving-californias-economy/ VEHICLES Republican Sees Electric Car Bill As A Climate 'Step' A member of the Senate Republican leadership believes a major expansion of electric cars is one way to address climate change, illustrating the party's fractured views on climate science. As some lawmakers search for a bipartisan agreement on clean energy, others see no reason for it. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/05/26/26climatewire-republican-sees-electric-car-bill-as-a-clima-79979.html?pagewanted=print http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/26/1 Va. Motor Fuel Program Helps More Than 80 Local Governments, Universities Reduce Costs. Richmond, Va. — The Department of General Services says Virginia’s State Motor Fuel Program is helping more than 80 universities and local governments reduce costs. The program uses its buying leverage to obtain the best fuel prices. Participants can buy fuel in bulk, by consignment or with the state’s fuel card. The bulk fuel program has 72 participants, while the fuel card program has 40. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/va-motor-fuel-program-helps-more-than-80-local-governments-universities-reduce-costs/2011/05/26/AGtxc1BH_story.html Honda Sees Near-Normal American Production In Aug. Honda's North American factories will return to near-normal production in August, the automaker said Thursday, much faster than had been expected. The announcement is another sign of improved parts supplies flowing from Japanese suppliers, whose factories were either damaged by the earthquake and tsunami there, or hit hard by ensuing electric power outages. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_7f2cbdd7-b7d3-5da8-9249-94f05b09bfca.html GE Opens Solar-Powered Car Charging Port In Conn. General Electric Co. has built a new solar-powered carport for charging electric vehicles in the parking lot of its facility in Plainville. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy planned to help open the charging stations on Thursday morning. The 216-by-40-foot carport includes multiple hook-ups for plugging in electric cars, and all the power will come from an array of solar panels. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/26/ge-opens-solar-powered-car-charging-port-in-conn/ Do Trees Cause Global Warming? Looking for a solution to global warming? Maybe start clear-cutting many of the world's forests, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs oversight subcommittee made it clear during a Wednesday hearing that he doesn't believe in man-made global warming. But if it were true — and most of the world's scientists agree it is — Rohrabacher said he's hit on an answer by tackling the 80 to 90 percent of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions "generated by nature itself": Namely, yank down old trees and get rid of the rotting wood in rainforests. Posted. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55731.html Reports Tout Jobs And Other Benefits Of Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels. A new report from a California nonprofit seeks to make the case that the stricter the fuel efficiency standards, the better off everyone will be economically. The study, commissioned by the group Next 10, found that if drivers save money on fuel, they will spend about 70 percent of that money on mostly local goods and services, spurring job creation in sectors further afield. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/26/7 GREEN ENERGY Company Seeks To Add Turbines To Longhorn Dam. Austin, Texas—Hydro Green Energy is seeking to add three underwater turbines to Longhorn Dam in Central Texas. The Houston-based company would then sell electricity to the city of Austin, as power being created by the flow of Lady Bird Lake through the turbines. The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that Hydro Green has filed preliminary paperwork with the federal government for the project. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18144377 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18144377 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/26/company-seeks-to-add-turbines-to-longhorn-dam/ 'Step Change' Has Occurred In Opportunities For Gas – GE. General Electric Co. is upping its investment in natural gas to counterbalance the variability in its wind and solar energy capacity. The group is "looking at a 25-year, very bullish market" for gas, said John Krenicki, president and CEO of GE. Gas supplies are becoming increasingly cheaper in the United States, and prices may drop around the world, as well. Low carbon dioxide emissions compared with coal are also a draw. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/26/11 BLOGS Obama Wants Agencies To Buy Greener Wheels. The Obama administration is buying 101 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars and 15 battery-powered electric vehicles as it moves closer to its goal of greening the federal vehicle fleet. The White House has ordered that all new cars or light trucks leased or purchased by federal agencies run on alternative fuels by Dec. 31, 2015, whether their power source is hybrid, electric, compressed natural gas, biofuel or fuel cells. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/obama-wants-agencies-buying-greener-wheels/2011/03/23/AGiM21BH_blog.html U.S. Government Adds Hybrids and E.V.’s to Car Fleet. As part of its effort to make the federal fleet greener and put a million hybrid and electric vehicles on the road by 2015, the Obama administration took a relatively small step Tuesday by purchasing 101 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids, as well as 15 battery-powered E.V.’s. The White House also announced that it expected federal agencies to use “midsize or smaller sedans” in lieu of the beefy black S.U.V.’s commonly associated with federal executive fleets.http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/u-s-government-adds-hybrids-and-e-v-s-to-car-fleet/ http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2011/05/obama-issues-new-directive-for-federal-vehicles/ http://www.tecca.com/news/2011/05/26/obama-electric-cars/ http://www.executivegov.com/2011/05/sustainability-gurus-sound-off-on-obamas-memo-greenifying-federal-fleet/ Are Tornadoes Caused By Climate Change? This spring, the U.S. has experienced the deadliest single tornado on record and the deadliest single day of tornadoes on record — and, no, they weren't the same event. Yesterday brought still more tornadoes and still more deaths. But don't stop there: The Mississippi is flooding at near-record levels and Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are experiencing a drought almost as bad as the one John Steinbeck wrote about. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=89735 Study Concludes California Economic Growth And Employment Will Rise With The Degree And Scope Of Transport Fuel Efficiency Standards. Aggressive federal fuel economy and California emissions standards will enable California to enjoy a significant reduction in energy dependence and global warming emissions while stimulating statewide economic activity and employment with substantial fuel savings, according to a new study by Dr. David Roland-Holst of UC Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, published by the group Next 10. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/05/next10-20110526.html Critical List: U.S. Imported Less Than 50% Of Its Oil In 2010; Congress Not So Into Climate Aid. We're off foreign oil! More or less. One price we'll pay for that: ads with blue skies and green fields and a man with a reassuring voice saying that natural gas is totally, totally safe. The price of renewable energy will go down. So naturally, you should bet against its success. Unless you're a venture capitalist. Greenpeace found radiation 50 times higher than legal limits in sea creatures off the coast of Japan. Also, the plant's leaking radioactive waste water. Three-eyed Simpsons fish, here we come! Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-26-critical-list-u.s.-imported-less-than-50-of-its-oil-in-2010-cong Pro-Fracking Ad Accidentally Reveals Dangers Of Fracking. ExxonMobil has been running full-page ads that make underground hydraulic fracturing operations -- the same ones responsible for massive environmental problems all over the U.S. -- look about as threatening as a World Book encyclopedia illustration of a water pipe. The ads highlight the multiple layers of steel and concrete used to protect shallow aquifers. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-26-pro-fracking-ad-accidentally-reveals-dangers-of-fracking University Of Virginia Agrees To Release Some Global Warming Documents. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, The University of Virginia agreed yesterday to turn over documents related to the work of Michael Mann, one of climatologists who put together the "hockey stick graph." Mann and other scientists, using a variety of measures, estimated global temperatures going back 1,000 years and what they found was that there has been a sharp increase in Northern Hemisphere temperatures during the last century…Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/05/26/136682426/university-of-virginia-agrees-to-release-some-global-warming-documents DOE Funds Nevada Solar Project Worth $737 Million. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $737 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project. The project is being developed by Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of SolarReserve, LLC. The project is located 14 miles northwest of Tonopah, Nevada on 2,250 acres leased from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/doe-loans-737-million-nevada-solar-project/ Exxon Mobil Beats its Own (Oil) Drum in Latest CSR Report. When you are as big as ExxonMobil, you will issue a sustainability or corporate social responsibility (report) on your own terms: that was the theme of the energy behemoth’s 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report. The report follows the guidelines of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association and APIOGISR (American Petroleum Institute Oil and Gas Industry Guidance on Sustainability Reporting). Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/exxonmobil-beats-oil-drum-latest-csr-report/