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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 16, 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 Sen. Barbara Boxer Lauds Action To Curb Mecca Odor During Capitol Hill Hearing. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, arguing for the tougher safeguards under the federal Clean Air Act, discussed Mecca’s recent odor woes at a committee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat who chairs the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, cited the intense, gas-like stench, which has sickened scores of Mecca residents since December, …Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110615/NEWS07/110615013/On-Capitol-Hill-Boxer-lauds-action-curb-Mecca-odor?odyssey=nav|head Attacks Haven't Sapped Support For Smog Rules -- American Lung Association Poll. Despite heavy political pressure on U.S. EPA since the start of the Obama administration, about 70 percent of Americans don't want to stop the agency's plan to crack down on smog, according to a poll released this morning by the American Lung Association. It found that 72 percent of likely voters in the 2012 election -- up from 68 percent in a similar poll last year -- don't want Congress to stop EPA from setting stricter rules on ground-level ozone, as the agency is expected to do this summer. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/16/19 AEP's Shutdown Claims Are 'Misleading At Best' – Jackson. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson had harsh words for American Electric Power Co. Inc. this morning, a week after the utility shook up the debate over new emissions rules by announcing it would shut down 6,000 megawatts of coal-fired plants in the next few years. The Columbus, Ohio-based company's claims were "misleading at best, scare tactics at worst," Jackson said after a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Clean Air Act. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/15/3 Congressional Fix Needed For Boiler Rule – Alexander. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a moderate Republican who has worked closely with Democrats on air pollution issues, said today that the Obama administration won't be able to fix its controversial new standards for industrial boilers without some help. "That rule belongs on another planet somewhere," he told EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson this morning during an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/15/6 CLIMATE CHANGE EU Climate Chief Confronts Riddle Of Deeper CO2 Cut. The European Union can still deepen planned cuts to greenhouse gases beyond 20 percent, but the task is complex and has not been helped by controversy over nuclear power, the EU's climate chief said on Wednesday. Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is planning to reveal new research in July on the costs and benefits of deepening carbon emissions cuts to 30 percent by the end of this decade, from the current target of 20 percent. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/15/us-eu-climate-idUSTRE75E40120110615 California Set To Overcome CO2 Market Lawsuit: Point Carbon. San Francisco - Lawyers following the twists and turns of a legal challenge to California's planned carbon market said it looks increasingly likely the state will win. Several California-based attorneys told Point Carbon News on Wednesday there are a number of reasons to believe that the widely-discussed lawsuit will not delay the start of the market in January 2012. Posted. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sns-rt-us-carbon-point-cartre75f31j-20110616,0,5941766.story Rethinking Cap And Trade. Gov. Jerry Brown could swap out California’s carbon-trading scheme. Of all the tools in California’s toolbox to fight global warming, “cap and trade” is probably the most controversial. The complicated carbon-trading scheme is set to begin at the beginning of next year. It’s aimed at reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants and large industrial facilities, but a lawsuit from environmental-justice groups has put the program into legal limbo. Posted. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/rethinking-cap-trade/content?oid=2342647 Traders And Experts Say Regional Cap-And-Trade Systems Will Proliferate. New York -- Regional cap-and-trade systems will continue to spread in the United States and Canada and are poised to converge on each other, in spite of troubles experienced at the Northeast's government-run program, experts confidently predicted yesterday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/16/5 FUELS Del. Lawmakers Work To Land Fuel Cell Company. Dover, Del.—Delaware lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to accommodate the state's effort to land a fuel-cell manufacturing facility. Gov. Jack Markell's administration is working to bring California-based Bloom Energy to Delaware, where it plans to create a manufacturing hub with hundreds of jobs at the former Chrysler factory in Newark. The administration is pushing for legislation establishing a regulatory framework for fuel cells. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18287057 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18287057 Tax Credits For Producing Ethanol Put To Test In Senate For Second Time This Week. Washington — Subsidies for ethanol are being put to the test again in the Senate as budget cutters try to demonstrate a growing appetite in Congress to end special interest tax breaks to help reduce government borrowing. The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on two measures that would end subsidies for producing ethanol, a renewable, liquid fuel additive that comes mainly from corn in the U.S. One measure would repeal a tax credit that provides 45 cents a gallon to oil refiners who mix ethanol with gasoline. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/tax-credits-for-producing-ethanol-put-to-test-in-senate-for-second-time-this-week/2011/06/16/AGUQRSXH_story.html VEHICLES No More Free Parking. Come July 1, those driving hybrid cars with the yellow "clean air" decals will no longer be able to park for free at meters in Santa Monica, city officials announced Wednesday. The change comes as a result of the legislature abandoning a program that allowed drivers of those hybrids to use car pool or high-occupancy lanes even though they had no other passenger in the car. Those hybrid vehicles no longer meet strict California emission standards, officials with the Department of Motor Vehicles said. Posted. http://www.smdp.com/Articles-c-2011-06-15-72010.113116-No-more-free-parking.html Ford Starts Building $500 Million Engine Plant For China Sales. -- Ford Motor Co. broke ground today on a $500 million engine factory in southwest China as the automaker seeks to expand in the world's largest market and boost global sales by 50 percent in four years. The plant in the western Chinese city of Chongqing will more than double engine capacity for joint venture Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co. to 750,000 units when output starts in 2013, according to an e-mailed statement. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110616/GLOBAL03/306169849/1131 Q&A: Renault-Nissan CEO Pledges $5.6 Billion for EVs. Carlos Ghosn is either a brilliant visionary or crazy as a loon. The CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance is easily the auto industry’s biggest advocate of electric vehicles, possessed of an enthusiasm bordering on fanaticism. Others may speak with louder voices, but no one is placing a bigger bet on cars with cords. Ghosn is going all in with an investment of 4 billion Euros ($5.6 billion) in electric vehicles. Posted. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/06/qa-with-carlos-ghosn/ OPINION Ethanol's Wasteful Tax Credit. The battle over the subsidy, which goes to deep-pocketed oil firms rather than farmers, shows how rigid party orthodoxy continues to trump common sense in Congress. It isn't too often that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a pro-environment Democrat from California, and Sen. Tom Coburn, a "drill, baby, drill" Republican from Oklahoma, agree on energy issues. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-ethanol-20110616,0,1952488,print.story Viewpoints: Ivanpah Solar Project Balances Jobs, Environment. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued its revised biological opinion for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in eastern San Bernardino County. With this opinion, the project is moving forward and providing an example of how utility-scale solar power plants can be built in an environmentally responsible way, while bringing much needed economic benefits to our state. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/16/v-print/3704219/viewpoints-ivanpah-solar-project.html BLOGS Celebrating a City’s Solar Muscle. Given that New York City has been falling behind some of its municipal counterparts in new solar power installations, renewable energy advocates are happy to hear that its rooftops can hold more than water tanks and lounge chairs. As I report in Thursday’s paper, two-thirds of the city’s one million or so buildings are suitable for solar panel installations. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/celebrating-a-citys-solar-muscle/?scp=7&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Who Will Step Up to Meet Oil Demand? For those of you who use gasoline or diesel to get to work in the morning, you may have a problem, in case you haven’t noticed prices at the pump lately. According to a report released this week by the International Energy Agency, total oil production each year from 2010 to 2016 will have grown by an average of 1.1 million barrels a day. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/who-will-step-up-to-meet-oil-demand/?scp=8&sq=green%20energy&st=cse California Drought Drove Up Energy Costs. One of the biggest costs of California's recent drought went largely unnoticed, according to a report that estimates state ratepayers paid $1.7 billion to replace lost hydropower with natural gas generation that also pumped millions of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/california-drought-hydropower.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Attempts to Undermine California's ZEV Program Would Only Set the U.S. Electric Vehicle Industry Back. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that automakers and their trade associations are now fighting California’s next revision to its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, a long-standing air quality program and technology-forcing standard to bring plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicles to California. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/smui/attempts_to_undermine_californ.html Greening The Military It’s Not Very Often That You Think Of The Military Being Green. However according to a latest report by the Sierra Club entitled Blood and Oil, the US military has very firm plans of becoming more eco-friendly. We reported on green ambassadors within the military last month. Two days ago the Pentagon announced the Operational Energy Strategy that talks about moving towards alternative energy. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/greening-military/ The Cleantech Revolution- The Second Industrial Revolution - Is Under Way. As governments and major industries announce plans to cut carbon emissions, Ernst & Young's research indicates that the move to Cleantech may represent a second industrial revolution which may have effects as great as the first. They came to a number of interesting signposts which may help companies on that journey. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/cleantech-revolution-second-industrial-revolution/ How We’ll Get Ultra-Efficient Solar Cells By Copying Plants’ ‘Quantum Biology’. Some day solar cells will be as cheap as house paint, and the renewables vs. fossil fuel debate will seem as quaint as Whigs vs. Jacksonian Democrats. Getting there has inspired all kinds of crazy ideas, and the craziest, perhaps, is to do it exactly like plants do. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-16-how-well-get-ultra-efficient-solar-cells-by-copying-plants-quant Mass. Transit Bans Ad On Scott Brown’s Vote To Gut Clean Air Act. "Too controversial? Too controversial is voting to gut the Clean Air Act, for 40 years the bulwark of our environmental policy," said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. "Maybe the 'T' thinks spreading that news will scare people too much -- it's sweet of them to be so protective of their riders, but Brown's vote is the real horror." Posted. http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-06-16-mass-transit-bans-ad-on-scott-browns-vote-to-gut-clean-air-act Maxwell Technologies Introduces Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module For Commercial Trucks And Other Heavy Vehicles. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is introducing a 12-volt ultracapacitor module that ensures reliable engine starting for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles. The new product, designed to complement batteries, was first displayed in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Maxwell developed the engine start module incorporating its patented ultracapacitor technology in consultation with heavy truck manufacturers and fleet operators. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/maxwell-20110616.html