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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 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 Install Carbon-Monoxide Detector By Friday. The deadline for owners of single-family homes to install carbon-monoxide detectors is this Friday, July 1. A state law passed last year goes into effect that day, affecting homes that have an attached garage, fireplace or appliance that burns fossil fuel, like natural gas. Failure to install a detector can result in a $200 fine, but if caught, a homeowner will get 30 days to install one. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fire-306004-detector-install.html Is Valley Importing Bad Air? Monitor near coast will help UC scientists track Asian pollution. Air-quality scientists have long suspected some of the San Joaquin Valley's notorious brown haze comes all the way from places like China -- taking an amazing wind-blown trip. Now it's time to find out. Years ago, researchers confirmed plumes of east Asian forest fires, airborne dust, industrial pollution and vehicle exhaust float high in the atmosphere to California and the rest of the West. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/26/v-print/2442643/is-valley-importing-bad-air.html TEMECULA: Commission Considers More Quarry Hearings. At least two more hearings seem to be a given, and there's a chance the county Planning Commission's review of Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry proposal could stretch into four or more sessions. Nothing is set in stone yet. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/article_25d36a4b-a044-5fb7-ab85-bb5c79c0f247.html CLIMATE CHANGE California Gets Carbon Market Court Win. San Francisco (Reuters) - A California appellate court has ruled that state regulators can proceed with plans to implement a carbon cap-and-trade system, a decision that puts them on track to launch the market as scheduled in January 2012. The ruling by the California First District Court of Appeal late on Friday is the latest chapter in a months-long legal battle over plans by the state Air Resources Board to establish a carbon market to help California's biggest greenhouse gas polluters reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as required by state law. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/26/us-carbon-california-idUSTRE75P01E20110626 http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/06/27/calif-cap-and-trade-work-gets-go-ahead/ http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2081816/california-cap-trade-resumes-court-win Obama’s Inaction Disappoints Green Groups. Former Vice President Al Gore’s criticism of President Obama on climate change and the administration’s failure to install solar panels as promised on the roof of the White House are shining a light on growing disillusionment with the president among environmental activists. Posted http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/26/green-groups-disappointed-by-inaction-from-obama/?page=all Two New Business Bills Address Climate Change. Two bills related to climate change that have been flagged by business interests are scheduled to go before lawmakers on Monday. Developers want to see passage of a bill that would streamline the environmental review process for projects that comply under greenhouse gas regulations previously passed under California’s groundbreaking climate-change laws. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2011/06/27/two-key-business-bills-on-tap-today.html ARB's Nichols Claims Governor's Support For Cap And Trade But Predicts 'No Pronouncements'. Stanford, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown (D) supports California regulators' approach to curbing greenhouse gas emissions, although he is not planning on making a public statement to that effect any time soon, the head of the state's chief climate agency said last week. The comments by Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols, made last week at a discussion at Stanford University, comes as the state moves ahead with its cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/27/3 Koch Brothers Fund Assault on Climate Legislation, Seek To Destroy RGGI. After DC failed to enact comprehensive climate change legislation, it was good to see states take the lead on regional cap-and-trade programs. We now have 3 regional initiatives to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) involving more than 30 states. That so many states are involved shows that people want to address climate change. Posted. http://theenergycollective.com/asiegel/60160/polluters-war-existing-effective-cap-and-trade-programs FUELS Calif. Regulators Expand Clean-Fuel Shipping Zone. California regulators have expanded a clean-fuel zone to prevent cargo vessels from skirting the world's toughest ship pollution rules. Ship crews had been traveling farther out to sea to avoid the original zone so they could save money by using heavy, sludge-like fuels instead of more expensive, cleaner fuel. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/24/1746932/calif-regulators-extend-clean.html 'Cars 2' Fuels Energy Debate With Green Theme. Director says theme for plot, not politics. Los Angeles — Even the animated world of Lightning McQueen and Mater the tow truck is testing new energy sources to replace fossil fuels. Pixar Animation mastermind John Lasseter says the company has no environmental agenda, but with "Cars 2," the blockbuster outfit does tap into today's eco-mindedness with a plot driven by oil vs. a cleaner alternative. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/25/145cars-2-fuels-energy-debate-with-green-theme/ http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/27/11 VEHICLES White House Proposes Increased Mileage Standards For Cars, Light Trucks. The Obama administration wants cars and light trucks in the United States to average 56.2 miles per gallon of gasoline by 2025, a standard that will cut the nation’s oil consumption and carbon output significantly while also raising each vehicle’s cost by about $2,375. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/white-house-proposes-increased-mileage-standards-for-cars-and-light-trucks/2011/06/25/AGnsv7kH_story.html Bay Area Hybrid Owners Must Go With Flow. For years, Emily Baker Lohr struggled with the decision to buy a new car. She said she could never justify making the $20,000-plus investment. That was, until she heard about California’s yellow-sticker program, an initiative that would allow owners of hybrid vehicles to travel alone in the state’s carpool lanes. Posted. http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/bay-area-hybrid-owners-must-go-flow Roadshow: Prius Party Packs 'Em In. There was no crying at Roadshow's Prius Party on Sunday, where a couple of hundred people gathered in the Mercury News parking lot. From throughout the South Bay to as far away as Folsom, they came to peel off their yellow carpool stickers to mark the end of one of the freeway's most divisive perks: This Friday, we're getting booted for good out of California's carpool lanes. Actually, a tear or two was shed. Mine was the first. "You ready?" Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18357656 Prius Clean Air Stickers To Expire July 1. Bay Area Prius owners are mobilizing this weekend. On July 1st they lose the right to use HOV carpool lanes, even if they have those yellow clean air stickers unless they car pool. Some hybrid owners are gathering in San Jose on Sunday for a Prius party and to help them figure out how to peel off the yellow decals. Posted. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=8213875 As Tesla Model S Is Born, Tesla's Ultra-Expensive Roadster Set To Die. California owners of Priuses and other hybrids are about to get a rude awakening: as of July 1, 2011, they will no longer be eligible for the HOV lane with their yellow stickers. Those who want to get into that lane again are stuck looking for white sticker vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, but that all-electric vehicle is severely limited in range (Nissan claims 100 miles, but search for "range anxiety" and you'll see real-life is not the same). Posted. http://www.examiner.com/technology-in-national/as-tesla-model-s-is-born-tesla-s-ultra-expensive-roadster-set-to-die GREEN ENERGY Solar Firms Attract Market Interest, but Few Are for Sale. Snatching a well-managed and profitable solar company has been creeping up the agenda of global groups that are hoping to expand their renewable energy portfolios in the post-Fukushima world. But finding a good company in the sector that is also available is not proving to be easy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/business/global/27iht-green27.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Greenpeace Protesters Dump Coal At South African Electricity Company In Call For Clean Energy. Johannesburg — Greenpeace protesters dumped five tons of coal at the headquarters of South Africa’s power utility company Monday to draw attention to their calls for the country to embrace clean energy. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/greenpeace-protesters-dump-coal-at-south-african-electricity-company-in-call-for-clean-energy/2011/06/27/AGqFcFnH_story.html N.Y. Passes Key Energy Efficiency Law. The New York Legislature has passed an energy bill that supporters say will cut greenhouse gas emissions by jump-starting the state's efficiency program and boosting renewable power. The legislation, which is backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), overhauls the state's process for permitting new power plants. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/27/7 OPINIONS Spurring The EPA On Greenhouse Gases. The Supreme Court decision to reject a climate-change lawsuit against power plants should be a catalyst for the EPA to work on rules to limit greenhouse gases. When the Supreme Court rules in favor of power plants in a global warming case, the initial reaction is dismay. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-0627-warming-20110627,0,3757353.story Editorial: State Can Lead Fight For Fuel Economy. As deadlines fast approach for setting new clean car standards for California and the nation, the Brown administration can play a pivotal role. California has the power to reduce pollution, slow the growth of climate changing greenhouse gases and shrink America's deadly dependence on foreign oil. But convincing action is needed now. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/26/3726154/state-can-lead-fight-for-fuel.html BLOGS California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Runs Out Of Money. The California Air Resources Board ran out of money for its Clean Vehicle Rebate Project this week. The program had doled out $11.1 million over the past 27 months to buyers of zero- emissions vehicles in the state. Almost 2,000 rebates have been issued or are in the process, according to an ARB spokesperson. Rebate amounts ranged from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the vehicle purchased. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/clean-vehicle-rebate-project-runs-out-of-money.html EPA Reduces Its Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate Again For 2012. Remember five years ago, when cellulosic ethanol was going to fill our tanks without eating into food crops? The Environmental Protection Agency does, because it's had to keep rolling back the minimum renewable fuel standards put into place by the passage of the 2005 Energy Policy Act (H.R. 6). Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/06/26/epa-reduces-its-cellulosic-ethanol-mandate-again-for-2012/ Zurich Buses Outfitted with Air Quality Sensors for Mobile Monitoring. Laboratories at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland and one at ETH Zurich are working on a better way to collect data about cities' air quality. Researchers have started OpenSense, a project that will test out if using the existing infrastructures of public transportation and mobile phone networks could be a smart solution for monitoring pollution. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/zurich-buses-outfitted-with-air-quality-sensors-for-mobile-monitoring.php California ARB To Hold Community Meetings On Coming LEV III Combined Tailpipe And GHG Regulations. The staff of California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the process of developing a proposal for Board’s consideration later this year to amend California’s Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) regulations. The proposed amendments, known as LEV III, ask for more stringent tailpipe and greenhouse gas emission standards for new passenger vehicles sold between 2018 and 2025. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/arb-20110626.html Value Of Solar Power Far Exceeds Its Cost. Solar power has a monetary value as much as 10 times higher than its energy value, thanks to its ability to reduce peak demand on the transmission and distribution system, hedge against fuel price increases, and enhance grid and environmental security. The cost of residential-scale distributed solar PV is around 23 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in a sunny climate like Los Angeles, 24 cents in Colorado. Posted. http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-06-23-value-of-solar-power-far-exceeds-its-cost Aviation Biofuels About to Take Off. An extraordinary convergence of recent events seems poised shortly to make aviation biofuels the belle of the investor's ball. The first is that on 8 June the follows the international standards certifying body ASTM International announcing its approval of its BIO SPK Fuel Standard, to be made official later in the year, of the use of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) Jet A-1 fuel in commercial aviation. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/aviation-biofuels-about-take/ POTUS The Sneak. Dismissed or rejected by Congress? No problem. Just effect the consequences of the would-be bill by memo to regulatory or enforcement agencies. Cap-and-trade legislation, gun regulation, net neutrality legislation -- all dismissed or rejected by Congress. Undaunted, the Obama has used the EPA to try to effect carbon control, AFT to try to implement gun controls and FCC to try to effect net neutrality. Posted. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/06/potus_the_sneak.html