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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 2, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE World Bank, cities pledge greenhouse gas reduction. SAO PAULO -- The World Bank and 40 cities from around the world joined forces Wednesday with a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bank reached the agreement with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition founded in 2005 with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. Its chairman is New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Bloomberg, World Bank President Robert Zoellick and former President Bill Clinton announced the new partnership during the opening session of the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/01/financial/f105659D95.DTL http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/01/1713606/world-bank-cities-pledge-greenhouse.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18183399 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18183399 World Bank Approves Carbon-Trade Plan Grants for Eight Nations. June 2 (Bloomberg News) -- The World Bank approved grants for eight countries to help them analyze and design greenhouse- gas trading programs. Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey each received an initial grant of $350,000, the bank said today in a statement. The grants are the first under the Partnership for Market Readiness, a World Bank initiative started at the last United Nations climate summit in Cancun, Mexico. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/02/bloomberg1376-LM5R1Q1A1I4H01-75QM6VJUAHBFVP5AODT3UTPCR2.DTL After explosive growth, global carbon markets stall and begin to shrink. UNITED NATIONS -- After five years of rapid growth, the global carbon market has stalled. From an estimated market value of about $15 billion in 2005, the practice of trading in greenhouse gas emissions allowances and carbon emission offsets credits has enjoyed rapid growth, exploding tenfold to reach a record value of close to $144 billion in 2009. Emissions trading doubled in 2008 alone. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/02/2/ FUELS Biofuel businesses protest new protections for kitchen grease. RALEIGH, N.C. -- Yellow kitchen grease has become as good as gold as gasoline prices soar and biodiesel fuel becomes more appealing. Just as one industry's waste becomes a hot commodity for another, a slippery underworld of fry crooks - kitchen-oil rustlers who strike stealthily with siphon and hose - has emerged. North Carolina state Rep. John Torbett, a Republican, has proposed a bill aimed at reining in the banditry. But the proposal has kicked up a fuss among small businesses that see more than a hint of green in the alternate fuel source. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/02/3671367/biofuel-businesses-protest-new.html#storylink=misearch Cleaner fuels may eventually 'cap' fossil fuel prices – analyst. Alternative and zero-carbon sources of energy will put a cap on prices for oil, coal and natural gas, the CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance said yesterday. "Those who think there's going to be an oil price of $200 because of the rise of China or the rise of India, they're just wrong," said Michael Liebreich at a forum in Washington sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/02/7/ VEHICLES Automakers, Obama on collision course. Two years after a federal bailout saved Detroit from a complete collapse, U.S. automakers are trying to put the brakes on President Barack Obama’s hopes of raising fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks to as high as 62 miles per gallon by 2025. Auto industry officials are pressing everyone from White House chief of staff Bill Daley to House Speaker John Boehner and California Gov. Jerry Brown in a late lobbying blitz to make sure they don't get the short end of the stick. Posted BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. https://www.politicopro.com/go/?id=3711 Electric car fast-chargers coming to I-5 in Ore. GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A series of fast-charging stations for electric cars will be installed this year along Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon to become one of the first links in a Green Highway stretching down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that AeroVironment has been chosen to build eight level-3 DC fast-charging stations between Eugene and the California border under a $700,000 federal stimulus grant. The Monrovia, Calif.-based company manufactures unmanned aircraft and industrial charging stations for electric forklifts and aircraft tenders. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/01/1713258/electric-car-fast-chargers-coming.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/01/2410062/electric-car-fast-chargers-coming.html#storylink=misearch China launches pure electric vehicle production hub. The company will produce 3,000 vehicles annually along with 10,000 core components on a 300,000 square meter complex in Wuhan, China, expecting revenues amounting to 11 billion yuan per year. Yuanda Ruihua’s models combine lithium-ion batteries and super capacitors.The super capacitor stores energy statically and discharges the energy when a circuit breaker is removed. Super capacitors operate with batteries to ensure faster discharge, greater acceleration and consistency in energy transmission to the drivetrain. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/59420110602.php?AlertDate=2011-06-01 Plug-in and Hybrid Locomotives; Another Sweet Spot for Axion Power. I'm a cynic and a heretic when it comes to plug-in vehicle schemes because most defy the laws of economic gravity and violate a cardinal rule that Ford engineers developed for the EcoStar light delivery vehicle program in the early '90s: – The unloaded weight of a plug-in vehicle should never exceed 70% of its loaded weight. Investors who pay attention to this simple rule can easily distinguish between pipe-dream vehicle electrification schemes that are nothing more than feel-good eco-bling and realistic vehicle electrification projects that make economic sense. Posted. http://www.altenergystocks.com/archives/2011/06/ Feds follow Calif. on fuel economy labels for cars. The nation's lead environmental agency is again following in California's footsteps – or tire tracks – when it comes to cars. The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation unveiled new fuel economy labels for vehicles last week that resemble those used in the Golden State. This is another step toward more closely aligning federal policies with California's strict pollution standards for cars and trucks. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/feds-follow-calif-fuel-economy-labels-cars-10543 Shortages drive up costs; fewer cars drive off lots. U.S. auto sales cooled off in May as dealers started running short on some popular, fuel-efficient models and buyers were turned off by sharply lower incentives. Deals aren't likely to come back until the end of this summer. Some experts are advising people to delay their purchases if they can. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011106020303 BLOGS If we need taxes, why not pollution taxes? Let's start with the obvious: Most Democrats (and, for that matter, most of the bipartisan deficit panels that are churning out endless white papers right now) agree that we can't tackle our long-term debt issues through spending cuts alone. Some sort of tax reform that raises revenue will have to get thrown into the ring. So why not do that through a tax on carbon pollution or other assorted environmental unpleasantries? After all, if we have to raise revenue, we may as well slap higher taxes on behavior we'd like to discourage (like pollution and congestion) rather than, say, labor, no? Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/if-we-need-taxes-why-not-pollution-taxes/2011/06/01/AGRH9UGH_blog.html Despite Lawsuit, California Business Leaders Support a State Cap-and-Trade System. California CEOs and business leaders sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to not revise California’s cap-and-trade system. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is developing the details of the system, which has come under fire from environmental justice groups. The groups went as far as filing a lawsuit to stop CARB from implementing the system, claiming that CARB didn’t explore alternatives to cap and trade and that the systems allows the worst polluters to keep polluting, which can have a serious impact on local air quality. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/ca-cap-and-trade/ Cities Reach Climate Pact with World Bank. In Thursday’s Times, Alexei Barrionuevo reports from Brazil on an agreement signed by the World Bank and mayors of the world’s biggest cities to finance projects aimed at limiting the impact of climate change. (Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, attending the mayors’ climate conference in Săo Paulo, is among the signatories.) Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/cities-reach-climate-pact-with-world-bank/?scp=10&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Costs Impede City’s Switch to Clean Boiler Fuel. This year New York City took a big step toward improving air quality by requiring that buildings phase out use of the most polluting grades of heating oil. But a report released on Wednesday by the Manhattan borough president’s office notes that the conversions could be slowed by challenges related to costs, especially from rent-controlled buildings with low operating incomes. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/costs-impede-citys-switch-to-clean-boiler-fuel/?scp=3&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Where’s the carbon? NASA maps it. Half of it is held in the forests of Latin America. Brazil alone has nearly as much as all of sub-Saharan Africa. For the first time, NASA scientists have mapped precisely how much carbon is locked in the world’s tropical forests — a key to understanding climate change. Posted. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2011/06/01/wheres-the-carbon-nasa-maps-it/129169/