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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 9, 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 EPA's Tests Of Air Outside Schools Find Problems. Washington — The federal government's first attempt to assess the dangers from air pollution around schools is nearing completion, and the findings underscore the need for more extensive air monitoring, especially in pollution hot spots, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency says. "There is work to be done still on air quality," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says. "The best result would be to find that all of our concerns were overblown, but we're not finding this in every case." Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2011-06-09-air-pollution-schools_n.htm# Air-Quality Regulators To Study Health Effects Of San Bernardino Rail Yard. The in-depth examination will try to determine whether the inland shipping hub has caused an increase in cancer and asthma in nearby low-income communities. Southern California air-quality regulators are sponsoring an in-depth study to determine if the San Bernardino Rail Yard, a major inland hub of goods shipped across the U.S., has caused an increase in cancer and asthma in the neighboring low-income communities. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-air-quality-20110609,0,3759929,print.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/09/state/n023908D85.DTL http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/09/2420321/air-regulators-to-announce-rail.html http://www.sbsun.com/breakingnews/ci_18229679 http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/09/1724684/air-regulators-to-announce-rail.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/09/air-regulators-to-announce-rail-yard-study/ http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18237274?nclick_check=1 http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/inland_empire&id=8180099 Pollution Worsens Kids' Asthma, But Efforts To Cut It Split Congress. Washington -- Summer air pollution could trigger more asthma attacks for children who live in industrial cities, and the Environmental Protection Agency would like stricter rules to cut smog. Congress is split on the agency's proposal, however, with some Republicans saying the EPA's regulatory agenda could cost businesses as well as drive up energy expenses for families. Clean air advocates counter that low standards for pollution cost families by endangering children's health. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/08/1723948/pollution-worsens-kids-asthma.html Study: Trucks, Cars Valley's Big Polluters. Greenhouse gas survey gives baseline for reduction efforts. Cars and commercial traffic barreling down Interstate 10 likely spew about two-thirds of the greenhouse gases generated in the Coachella Valley, undermining efforts by local residents and industries to roll back carbon emissions. The findings are in the Coachella Valley Association of Governments' long-delayed regional greenhouse gas inventory, which is to be released today. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110609/NEWS07/106090310/Study-Trucks-cars-valley-s-big-polluters Southern California Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Conspiring to Violate the Clean Air Act During Asbestos Removal. The owner of a San Fernando Valley condominium complex was sentenced June 6 to four years in federal prison for conspiring to violate the Clean air act's asbestos work practice standards during the renovation of the 204-unit apartment building – work that caused asbestos to be released into the complex and the surrounding community. Posted. http://www.sanfernandosun.com/sanfernsun/news/6820-southern-california-man-sentenced-to-four-years-in-prison-for-conspiring-to-violate-the-clean-air-act-during-asbestos-removal CLIMATE CHANGE Romney Draws Early Fire From Conservatives Over Views On Climate Change. It seemed like a straightforward question on a second-tier issue: Would Mitt Romney disavow the science behind global warming? The putative Republican presidential front-runner, eager to prove his conservative bona fides, could easily have said what he knew many in his party’s base wanted to hear. Instead, the former Massachusetts governor stuck to the position he has held for many years — that he believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-draws-early-fire-from-conservatives-over-views-on-climate-change/2011/06/08/AGkUTaMH_story.html Law Would Force Bay Area Cities To Plan For Sea Level Rise. Bay Area cities and counties whose jurisdictions contain the San Francisco and Oakland airports and the ports of Oakland and Redwood City would be required to prepare action plans to deal with rising sea levels under a trailblazing bill passed by the state Assembly last week. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_18232093 Mitt Romney: No Apologies On Climate Change Stance. Mitt Romney won't be doing any apology tours on climate change. The early GOP presidential front-runner has broken with his party's conservative ranks to declare global warming a real threat to the planet that merits some sort of action to curb heat-trapping emissions. But the former Massachusetts governor is also quick to trash cap and trade, carbon taxes and other controversial policies that have been kicked around over the last decade in Washington. Posted. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=02DA52B3-49B4-4219-8B14-822FAE21F8D8 Rick Santorum: Climate Change Is ‘Junk Science'. Rick Santorum is no Mitt Romney when it comes to global warming science. Appearing Wednesday on Rush Limbaugh's radio show, the former Pennsylvania GOP senator jumped at the chance to distinguish himself from his Massachusetts rival by displaying his climate skeptic credentials. "I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler," Santorum said. “Posted. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56599.html New Degree Program For Carbon Traders Aims To Boost Résumés And Restore Credibility. New York -- Two organizations that train emissions monitors and offset credit generators are moving to put an end to the "carbon cowboy" days of the global carbon markets. This week, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada launched a new professional certification program for individuals pursuing careers in greenhouse gas management. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/09/4 Cow Farts And Snowboarders Teach Student 'Troops' About Climate. Climate change advocacy is taking after-school activities to a new level. The Alliance for Climate Education has held hundreds of "assemblies" over the past two years to teach students about global warming and to get them to act. The group mixes hip presentations with modern technology, like texting, to turn a lesson on climate science into a lasting lifestyle relying on less energy and more fun. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/09/3 USDA Funds 9 Projects To Mitigate Greenhouse Gases. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is disbursing more than $7.4 million in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating new revenue streams for farmers. The money will go to nine projects in 24 states that center on creating income opportunities through carbon markets. "It helps stimulate better bottom lines for farmers," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in announcing the awards. "It allows us to refine targets and strategies for various types of market practices." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/09/5 FUELS Getting On The Propane Train. Local firm leads way with how-to classes on converting engines and gas stations to eco-friendly propane. Most discussions about alternative automotive fuels revolve around hybrid, electric or other emerging, expensive technologies, but Bill Gaines believes there’s a better answer the general public may not be aware of—propane. “It’s the low-hanging fruit of all the alternative fuels,” Gaines said, and he should know—he is a senior engineer (and co-founder) at Transfer Flow Inc., a Chico company that manufactures fuel-tank systems. Posted. http://www.newsreview.com/chico/getting-on-the-propane-train/content?oid=2266694 Biomass Diversity and Supply Chain Approach Will Boost Green Jet Fuel. A new report from aviation and renewable energy interests in the Pacific Northwest has found that an emerging market for sustainable aviation fuels is eminently plausible. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest consortium concludes that no single feedstock or technology pathway is likely to provide sustainable aviation fuel at the scale or speed needed to produce and maintain jet fuel supply. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/biomass-diversity-supply-chain-approach-will-boost-green-jet-fuel/ VEHICLES REGION: State Seeks Boost In Clean Car Rebates Program. State air pollution regulators want to increase the amount of funding used to pay rebates to those who purchase electric cars and other low-emission vehicles. With high gasoline prices and cars such as the Nissan Leaf in demand, a fund that pays state rebates ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 per vehicle is expected to run out next month. The California Air Resources Board staff, however, is proposing replenishing funds by $12 million to $17 million for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_cleancars09.3f752bb.html Veggie-Powered Road Trip. A Frank Gehry design whiz creates biofueled Volkswagens. Nick Pisca lives in a comfortable home in a middle-class area of Inglewood, where he and his pregnant wife, Erika, have something in their garage none of the neighbors can match: a veggie fuel–powered Jetta he takes on cross-country road trips to show that converting to vegetable oil isn't just for aging hippies. Posted. http://www.laweekly.com/content/printVersion/1292566/ Roadrunner Shuttle First Ventura County Business to Adopt ROUSH CleanTech Propane Autogas Technology. California ground transportation company Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service is driving ‘green' airport service home as it becomes the first of its kind in Ventura County to adopt propane autogas as its alternative fuel of choice. Propane autogas is a cleaner-burning, domestically produced fuel choice that reduces harmful emissions that contribute to poor air quality. Posted. http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/11/06/p1153340/roadrunner-shuttle-first-ventura-county-business-to-adopt-roush-cleant Electric Vehicle Lifecycle Emissions Undercut Conventional Cars. Electric vehicles (EVs) produce more emissions than conventional cars in production, but still have far lower carbon footprints over their lifetimes, according to a new study that "dispels the myth" that low carbon cars transfer emissions from exhaust to manufacture. The research conducted by UK advisory group LowCVP calculates that a typical medium-sized family car will pump out 24 tonnes of CO2 compared to just 19 tonnes for EVs and plug-in hybrids, and 21 tonnes for standard hybrids. Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2077537/electric-vehicle-lifecycle-emissions-undercut-conventional-cars Group Calculates Big U.S. Oil Savings With 62-Mpg Standard. The United States could save as much as 1.6 million barrels of oil a day by 2025 and 4.4 million barrels a day by 2040 if the Obama administration sets the highest fuel economy standards under consideration for new cars, according to a report released yesterday by an advocacy group. The report by Securing America's Future Energy -- a group of corporate executives and retired military personnel dedicated to reducing U.S. oil use -- says the benefits of a 62-mpg standard are clear. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/09/15 GREEN ENERGY U.S. Is Falling Behind in the Business of ‘Green’. Leicester, England — The Mark Group started hunting for a new untapped market when it realized that its core business — insulating old homes using innovative technology — would drop off in coming years. Based in this rust-belt city, the company had grown rapidly over the last decade largely because of generous and mandatory government subsidies for energy conservation that impelled the British to treat their homes. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/business/09subsidies.html?_r=1&ref=earth&pagewanted=print Hydrocarbon Lobby Puts Roadblock In Russia's Clean Energy Goals. Russia's goal to quadruple the amount of renewable energy used in the country by 2020 may be thwarted by the country's powerful hydrocarbon lobby, which is currently obstructing progress and has no plans to back down. Russia's current goal is to increase the amount of power coming from renewable sources from 1 percent to 4.5 percent by the end of the decade. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/09/8 U.S. Energy Efficiency Market 'Nearly Untouched' When it comes to green business, the United States has fallen behind its foreign competitors. Thanks to government incentives, many European and Asian countries have saturated the market with carbon-reducing technologies, solar and wind developments and energy efficiency. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/09/19 OPINION The Earth Is Full. You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once? Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/opinion/08friedman.html?_r=2&ref=thomaslfriedman Opinion: Thomas L. Friedman: Climate Crisis Will Force Drastic Economic Change. You really do have to wonder whether, a few years from now, we'll look back at the first decade of the 21st century -- when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornadoes plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all -- and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_18232007?nclick_check=1 Green Energy Initiative A Good Step For The Valley. Whether you believe that climate change is the beginning of the end of Mother Earth or if you think it's all a lot of hooey, it makes sense to build buildings that are as efficient as possible. Not only does it reduce air pollution that threatens the Coachella Valley's iconic blue skies, it reduces dependence on fossil fuels and saves money on electric bills. The Coachella Valley Association of Government's Green Government Initiative is a step in the right direction. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110609/OPINION01/106080384/Green-Energy-Initiative-good-step-valley?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cp The EPA’s New Move. Is The NAT GAS Act An EPA Trojan Horse? The debate over the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011, or NAT GAS Act, has focused mostly on the question of whether the federal government should use hefty subsidies — $64,000 per truck — to interfere with the free-market allocation of resources. On that point, a surprisingly large number of Republicans are siding with their central-planning-advocate colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Posted. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/269175/epa-s-new-move-phil-kerpen Seeing Through The Haze Not Always Easy Here. The skies in the mountains are amazingly blue, a deep solid color. On a good day, the clarity of the ridges against this blue is deeply rewarding. Yet all too often in our area, the clarity is diminished by haze. Sometimes it is smoke from forest fires, usually caused by people. Or, when the wind blows hard through northern Arizona or southern Utah, we can get a lot of dust. More common is a bluer haze. Posted. http://durangoherald.com/article/20110609/COLUMNISTS37/706099974/-1/s BLOGS Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Gains Traction in Oregon. Oregon soon could become the second state to allow peer-to-peer car sharing. Legislation establishing standards for personal vehicle sharing programs was approved this week by the House of Representatives and the Senate. HB 3149 paves the way for residents to rent their cars directly to other people through vehicle sharing programs like GetAround or the Google-backed RelayRides. California passed a similar law last year. HB 3149 passed with bipartisan support and little opposition. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/peer-to-peer-car-sharing-gains-traction-in-oregon/ San Bernardino Rail Yard Communities Targeted For Health Study. Southern California air quality regulators are sponsoring an in-depth study to determine if the San Bernardino rail yard, a major inland hub of goods shipped across the U.S., has caused a rise in cancer and asthma in the neighboring low-income communities. The study comes two years after the California Air Resources Board determined that diesel emissions from locomotives…Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/low-income-communities-around-san-bernardino-rail-yard-targeted-for-health-study.html Latino Groups Push Obama On Ozone Standards. On the heels of a scathing critique by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Wednesday, President Obama faced pressure from a burgeoning environmental justice coalition demanding stronger action on ozone, a component of smog, in predominantly Latino communities. Fourteen groups sent a letter to Obama expressing dismay at missed opportunities and delays in bringing permissible ozone levels down to between 60 and 70 parts per billion: Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/latino-groups-push-obama-on-ozone-standards.html Steve Jobs Pitches New Apple 'Spaceship' Campus To Cupertino City Council. Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed plans for a new headquarters for the company that "looks a little like a spaceship" at a City Council meeting in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday. In his trademark black turtleneck, jeans and gray New Balance running shoes, Jobs said at the meeting the new building would hold 12,000 employees, and even house its own green-energy power plant. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/06/steve-jobs-pitches-new-apple-spaceship-building-to-cupertino-city-council.html San Francisco Most 'Climate-Ready' City In U.S. Climate-ready appears to mean doing the most to reduce carbon emissions, not best equipped to ride out the storms of climate change. The listing considers the political commitment of city leadership, the number of transit riders per capita, and number of green buildings per capita, the amount of investment in cleantech and GHG reduction targets. (It also, for reasons I don't understand, includes university memberships in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.) Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=90582 Investors, Workers: Strong Fuel Economy Standards Will Fuel America’s Economy. Capital doesn’t flow in a vacuum. And big investors are telling us that’s exactly what we have right now with uncertain U.S. energy policies. This spring, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) is working jointly with federal officials on one of this year’s biggest energy and environmental decisions – stronger nationwide automobile fuel economy and emissions standards starting in 2017. It shouldn’t need saying that those standards have huge economic implications. Posted. http://blogs.forbes.com/mindylubber/2011/06/08/investors-workers-strong-fuel-economy-standards-will-fuel-americas-economy/ If Kids Could Vote, Clean Air Would Rule the Day. Our society goes to great lengths to protect children’s health, from fancy car seats to an elaborate system of recalls on any faulty children’s products. And why shouldn’t we take extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable among us and our future? Somehow when it comes to protecting children from the very well-known health hazards of air pollution, however, we continually fall short. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dbailey/if_kids_could_vote_clean_air_w.html How Bad Is Climate Change For Your Lungs? A new study puts a hefty price tag on climate change by linking it to the air you breathe. The report, published last Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), concludes that CO2-induced temperature increases will worsen ground-level ozone concentrations (the kind coming from power plants and exhaust pipes, not the kind that shields the Earth from UV rays). Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-06-08-how-bad-is-climate-change-for-your-lungs No Way: Auto Lobbyists Make Up a Scary Job-Loss Number Linked to Mileage Plans. The surest way to kill a bill today is to tag it as a job killer. While is why auto lobbyists have taken it upon themselves to, let’s say, creatively interpret some government data to make it look like a proposed 62 mpg federal fuel economy/greenhouse gas standard would spark an employment holocaust, deep-sixing a quarter million jobs. Posted. http://www.bnet.com/blog/electric-cars/no-way-auto-lobbyists-make-up-a-scary-job-loss-number-linked-to-mileage-plans/4399 First Wood-Digesting Enzyme Found In Bacteria Could Boost Biofuel Production. Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-led Integrated Biorefining Research and Technology (IBTI) Club have identified an enzyme in bacteria which is important in breaking down lignin. This research, carried out by teams at the Universities of Warwick and British Columbia, could make sustainable sources of biofuels, such as woody plants and the inedible parts of crops, more economically viable. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/ahmad-20110609.html