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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 27, 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 Greens threaten to sue EPA over leaded airplane fuel. Environmental groups warned U.S. EPA yesterday that they will go to court if the agency doesn't start to phase out the last type of leaded gasoline still on the market in the United States. The notice, which was filed by Earthjustice on behalf of Friends of the Earth, asks EPA to make a formal declaration that people are being put in danger by the lead emissions from general aviation gasoline, or avgas, which is used by smaller piston-powered airplanes. If the agency has not acted within 180 days, the groups may decide to file a lawsuit, said Marcie Keever, legal director at Friends of the Earth. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/05/27/19/ Expansion of wood stove program recommended. AIRBANKS, Alaska—A Fairbanks North Star Borough commission is recommending additional incentives for people to trade in inefficient home heaters in Fairbanks, where the borough could receive millions of dollars to reduce air pollution. The borough's year-old pollution-prevention program involves a combination of cash and tax breaks for people who swap older or inefficient heating systems—including wood-fed and coal-fed outdoor boilers—for cleaner models. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18154974 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18154974?nclick_check=1 CLIMATE CHANGE Christie Pulls New Jersey From 10-State Climate Initiative. Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that New Jersey would become the first state to withdraw from a 10-state trading system, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, declaring it an ineffective way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The decision delighted Republicans who have introduced bills in the New Jersey Legislature to repeal a law authorizing the state’s participation in the program. But it dismayed environmental advocates, who called it a serious blow to the state’s efforts to reduce emissions from power plants and foster a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/nyregion/christie-pulls-nj-from-greenhouse-gas-coalition.html?scp=6&sq=climate%20change&st=cse&gwh=24157973CF4E94C769C679CD78768863 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/05/26/national/a080825D37.DTL http://online.wsj.com/article/APed66bd8a7290458d8b24a90f243b47ff.html?KEYWORDS=climKEYWORDS%3Dclimate+change http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/26/3656512/ap-nj-to-pull-out-of-greenhouse.html#storylink=misearch http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/05/27/2/ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/26/ap-nj-to-pull-out-of-greenhouse-gas-initiative/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_ea3b0f3e-06da-5893-a0bf-98d1c290e15e.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/26/1705563/ap-nj-to-pull-out-of-greenhouse.html GOP presidential hopefuls shift on global warming. For Republican presidential contenders who once supported combatting global warming, the race is heating up. Faced with an activist right wing that questions the science linking pollution to changes in the Earth's climate and also disdains big government, most of the GOP contenders have stepped back from their previous positions on global warming. Some have apologized outright for past support of proposals to reduce heat-trapping pollution. And those who haven't fully recanted are under pressure to do so. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/APd51b461e499545a8a28a13f05b4a7599.html?KEYWORDS=climKEYWORDS%3Dclimate+change http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/05/27/national/w004134D77.DTL http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18153413?nclick_check=1 http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/27/3658465/gop-hopefuls-once-hot-now-cold.html#storylink=misearch DIESEL EMISSIONS Program helps companies buy cleaner diesel vehicles, heavy equipment. The state has launched a loan-guarantee program to help construction companies and other heavy-equipment users replace aging off-road diesel vehicles with cleaner models. The program is a joint effort between the California Air Resources Board and the California Capital Access Program, or CalCAP, which uses federal economic stimulus money. In addition to construction, it focuses on the agricultural, mining and industrial sectors. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/print-edition/2011/05/27/program-helps-companies-buy-cleaner.html GREEN ENERGY Small-Cap on Fire; Clean Diesel Technologies Soars. Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI), a Stamford, Connecticut-based vertically integrated manufacturer and distributor of emissions control and products, announced earlier this week the receipt of almost $2 million in orders for verified emission reduction products. Shares of the company are surging more than 30% in today’s early trade. Clean Diesel said that its Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division received nearly $2 million in orders for its verified emission reduction products. The orders come on the back of an April 6, 2011, announcement by the State of California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) of a special compliance option for California on-road diesel fleets pertaining to the current “Truck and Bus Regulation. Posted. http://www.beaconequity.com/small-cap-on-fire-clean-diesel-technologies-soars-2011-05-27/ Facing legal pressure, Pentagon shrinks backlog of challenged renewable energy projects. Clashes between military radar and renewable energy catapulted into the limelight last year when plans for a massive Oregon wind farm snagged on Pentagon objections. Military brass eventually approved the project, but lawmakers did not forget the outrage wrought by that showdown -- or similar conflicts that preceded it. And in the fiscal 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, they did something about it. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/05/27/1/ VEHICLES EcoMotors Chief Don Runkle: “Electric Vehicles Are Not Zero Emissions”. The chief executive officers of two very different clean tech startups, Brammo and EcoMotors, discussed the relative merits and limitations of clean vehicle technology today, at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Wednesday. Oregon-based Brammo designs and manufactures all-electric motorcycles and the battery technology and software that powers them, while Michigan-based EcoMotors designs and makes more efficient combustion engines. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/ecomotors-chief-don-runkle-electric-vehicles-are-not-zero-emissions/2011/05/26/AGpwGHCH_story.html OPINION Viewpoints: Let's get it right on pricing carbon emissions. Put the brakes on cap and trade. That was the clear message delivered by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith last week when he ruled that the state's Air Resources Board must refrain from any activity related to setting up a pricing mechanism for carbon until alternatives to cap and trade are fully explored. Some environmentalists may see Goldsmith's ruling as a setback on climate policy, but I see it as an opportunity to get it right. And if California is going lead the nation in curbing the heat-trapping gases that put our state and our world at risk, it's important that we lead in the right direction. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/27/3657808/lets-get-it-right-on-pricing-carbon.html#storylink=misearch BLOGS Republican’s Climate Solution: Clear-Cut the Rain Forest. Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, needs to hit the science books, forestry experts suggest. They reached that conclusion after hearing Mr. Rohrabacher declare during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that clear-cutting the world’s rain forests might eliminate the production of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. On the witness stand was Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s climate change envoy, who was questioned on whether the nation’s climate policy should focus on reducing the more than 80 percent of carbon emissions produced by the natural world in the form of decaying plant matter. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/republicans-climate-solution-clearcut-the-rain-forest/ http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/lawmaker-explores-climate-solution-in-clearing-rain-forests/ Confused Chris Christie embraces climate science, rejects climate action. Christie: "In the past I've always said that climate change is real and it's impacting our state. There's undeniable data that CO2 levels and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere are increasing. This decade, average temperatures have been rising. Temperature changes are affecting weather patterns and our climate. "In order to to best deal with climate change you have to understand its causes ... I've taken the time to develop a better understanding of the role that humans play in global warming and what impact human activities has on our climate.” Posted. http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-05-27-confused-chris-christie-embraces-climate-science-rejects-action New maps give Europeans close-up picture of air pollution from diffuse sources. New online maps published by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, in close cooperation with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre, allow citizens to pinpoint the main diffuse sources of air pollution, such as transport and aviation. The new set of 32 maps allows Europeans to see on a scale of 5 km by 5 km where pollutants are released. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/05/eprtr-20110526.html