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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 29, 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 Calif. Town Battles Overpowering Odors. Odors are part of life in Mecca, a small farming community in the Southern California desert 140 miles east of Los Angeles. It's surrounded by miles of pesticide- and fertilizer-laden agricultural fields, and it's on the shores of the notoriously smelly Salton Sea, a large lake that has no outlet and is fed by agricultural runoff water. What's occurred in Mecca since December is something different. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2011-06-28-mecca-overpowering-odors_n.htm# Residents Rally Against Cupertino Cement Company. About 60 people from No Toxic Air marched to the gates of Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. in Cupertino on June 18. They gathered to protest the company's refusal to allow access to a public road behind the quarry. No Toxic Air is a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit group formed earlier this year. It aims to bring attention to Bay Area health and environmental concerns. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18375021 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18375021 TEMECULA: Next Liberty Quarry Meeting Is July 18. The next Riverside County Planning Commission meeting to review the proposed Liberty Quarry project is set for 9 a.m. July 18 in Temecula. The meeting, like the three before it, will take place in Rancho Community Church, 30300 Rancho Community Way. It will feature a detailed rebuttal by quarry developer Granite Construction to opponents' criticisms of a 6,800-page environmental study of the project. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_squarry29.3982f7c.html SAN MARCOS: Council Approves New Transit District. The San Marcos City Council approved a new community facilities district Tuesday to finance a city-wide shuttle service intended to reduce congestion and air pollution. The council voted 3-1 in favor of the district, with Councilman Hal Martin objecting that the proposal did not receive adequate public input. Councilwoman Rebecca Jones was not at the meeting. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/san-marcos/article_f1886659-ff45-51a6-9000-43a584a23cfc.html CLIMATE CHANGE UN Panel To Release Report In November On Link Between Climate Change And Extreme Events. United Nations — The chairman of a top U.N. climate panel says it will release a new report in November examining the link between climate change and extreme events like floods and drought that are taking place around the world. Rajendar Pachauri, chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told reporters Tuesday that the panel has already reported that extreme events are increasing. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-panel-to-release-report-in-november-on-link-between-climate-change-and-extreme-events/2011/06/28/AGA1jwpH_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/28/1753237/un-climate-panel-to-examine-extreme.html Global Warming Continues As Greenhouse Gas Grows. WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's climate is not only continuing to warm, it is also adding heat-trapping greenhouse gases even faster than in the past, researchers said Tuesday. Indeed, the global temperature has been warmer than the 20th century average every month for more than 25 years, they said at a teleconference. "The indicators show unequivocally that the world continues to warm," Thomas R. Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center, said in releasing the annual State of the Climate report for 2010. Posted. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/28/ap/politics/main20075270.shtml Temps And Emissions On The Rise, Scientists Say, As Glaciers Fall. The Earth's temperature last year roughly matched the warmest readings on record, and its impacts cascaded around the world to affect glaciers, polar ice sheets, vegetation and more, according to a major report released yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA's State of the Climate report, a technical document of 272 pages with 368 authors, announced that the planet's average surface temperature peaked at over 58 degrees Fahrenheit last year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/29/2 FUELS Senate Trio Works On Ethanol Subsidy Overhaul. Washington (Reuters) - Three senators are working on a legislative framework to replace the $6 billion a year ethanol tax credit with far less costly incentives such as helping retailers pay for so-called blender pumps. The package could terminate the excise tax credit as early as July 1, an industry insider said on Tuesday. He said the challenge for biofuels is how to expand sales and a key way is to introduce pumps that would allow drivers to choose blends from 10 to 85 percent ethanol. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/29/us-energy-usa-ethanol-idUSTRE75R7GE20110629?feedType=RSS EPA Approves E15 Fuel Label Despite Engine Risk. The government has settled on a label for gas stations selling a blend of gasoline and ethanol called E15, which contains more ethanol -- grain alcohol -- than the E10 blend that's replaced pure gasoline at most stations. The Environmental Protection Agency previously approved E15 -- 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol -- for use in vehicles back to 2001 models. The approved label is part of the EPA's final rule spelling out about how E15 can be sold and what standards it must meet. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/06/e15-e10-ethanol-alcohol-pollution-engine-damage-labels-gas-station-pump-epa/1 EPA Finalizes 15% Ethanol Content Label; Critics Vow Challenges. U.S. EPA today issued a final rule on how gasoline stations must label fuel with up to 15 percent ethanol content (E15), marking a step toward legal sale of the fuel and drawing criticism from several groups that said the labels will not do enough to prevent consumers from misusing it. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/06/28/28greenwire-epa-finalizes-15-ethanol-content-label-critics-91669.html?amp=&pagewanted=print VEHICLES California Electric Car Rebate Program Runs Dry. A California program that gives hybrid and pure-electric car buyers a rebate between $1,500 and $5,000 has run out of funding for the remainder of the state’s fiscal year ending June 30. The state of California allocated $7 million last year for rebates to qualified electric car buyers. The popularity of the federally-mandated Cash for Clunkers program sent car buyers out in droves. Spurred on by high gas prices, early adopters were eager to go out and buy electric and hybrid-electric cars. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/28/idUS357955685220110628 Toyota Recalls 82,200 Hybrids In U.S. Toyota Motor Corp. said today it will recall 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h SUVs in the U.S. because some transistors were inadequately soldered. The automaker will fix the problem in 85,000 units of the two models in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam, said Shiori Hashimoto, a Toyota spokeswoman. Toyota will also recall 11,164 units of the two models in Japan and 15,000 in Europe, she said. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110629/RETAIL05/110629857/1147 http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_ac30acf5-9970-5917-8a0d-4f953f80d052.html GREEN ENERGY Google Says Delaying Clean Energy Will Cost The U.S. Trillions. Google, a leader of innovation in the digital economy, says that without a private and public focus on innovation in renewables, storage, and electric vehicles, the cost of delaying the clean energy economy could be in the trillions of dollars to the U.S. economy. Google released an analysis of the economic impact of clean energy innovation today, modeling a variety of long-term scenarios and their influence on GDP growth, energy costs, and greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.grist.org/cleantech/2011-06-28-google-sasy-delaying-clean-energy-cost-us-trillions Obama Administration Pushes Clean Energy Exports. Obama administration officials urged Congress yesterday to protect programs that boost U.S. exports, including those of clean energy technology. An interagency report pointed out some $400 million in assistance meant to help federal agencies increase U.S. commerce abroad. That's essential to President Obama's goal of doubling exports by 2015, the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/29/5 IPCC Backs Off Clean Energy Predictions. United Nations -- Has the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change become a cheerleader for alternative energy? Many believed so after the IPCC issued a release in early May that declared renewable energy sources could provide nearly 80 percent of the world's power by 2050, if only governments would let it. A number of news organizations put that claim in their headlines as they alerted readers to the pending publication of the scientific body's "Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/29/4 Venture Capitalists Are Going "Light Green" Venture firms are starting to back green companies again, only this time they're more "light green." The interest in supporting capital-intensive industries, such as solar and ethanol, took a dive during the financial crisis, and investors are still hesitant to get behind new high-cost industries. Instead, there is a shift toward lower-capital companies such as Opower, which creates energy management software, or Amprius, which is making parts for lithium-ion batteries. Posted. http://eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/29/8/ More People Turning To Wind Energy At Home. A growing number of people are tapping into clean energy and investing in small-scale wind turbines to generate electricity for residential use. The number of small turbines sold reached nearly 10,000 units in 2009, up from 2,100 units in 2001, and they are expected to become even more popular with the advancement of technology. But public acceptance and zoning regulations remain barriers to widespread use. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/29/10 Groups Appeal EPA Exemption For Calif. Power Plant. Environmental groups are appealing U.S. EPA's exemption of a proposed gas-fired power plant in California's San Joaquin Valley from new air pollution rules. The 600-megawatt Avenal Power Center, which would be built just north of the towns of Avenal and Kettleman City, should be subject to standards for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide that have gone into effect since developers requested permits in 2008, attorneys argued in an appeal filed yesterday with EPA's Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, D.C. Posted. http://eenews.net/eenewspm/print/2011/06/28/6 MISCELLANEOUS Assembly Approves Hagman's Bill To Add Small Biz Representation To Air Resources Board. A bill by Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, that would reserve one of 11 seats on the Air Resources Board for small business owners passed out of the Assembly floor by a unanimous vote today. The Air Resources Board currently has 11 members, appointed by the Governor and approved by the State Senate. Some of the eleven seats are reserved for members with certain qualifications, such as an authority on air pollution, a trained chemist, and an automotive engineer. Posted. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_18369322 Tennessee's Green Economy Small, But Ready To Grow. A pair of recent studies on environmentally friendly jobs in Tennessee shows the state's green economy is small, but poised for rapid expansion. A Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce survey of more than 6,000 businesses found more than 43,000 green jobs statewide last year. That accounts for roughly 1.5 percent of the total public and private employment of 2.7 million people in Tennessee. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/28/tennessees-green-economy-small-but-ready-to-grow/ BLOGS Group Sues to End N.Y.’s Role in Regional Cap-and-Trade. Members of Americans for Prosperity, a group founded and largely financed by oil industry interests, filed a lawsuit this week seeking to end New York State’s participation in the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The suit, filed on Monday in state Supreme Court in Albany against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and two state agencies, asserts that the multistate cap-and-trade system imposes costs on electric utilities that are then passed on to ratepayers in what amounts to an illegal tax. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/group-sues-to-end-n-y-s-role-in-regional-cap-and-trade/?scp=4&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Charging Stations On Display And The True Price Of Recharging The Leaf. Nissan has started a survey on his official Leaf Twitter account, asking for Leaf drivers to share how much per month they actually spend on electricity for recharging their car. The Leaf driving twitterers say that if charging with daytime current, they pay around ¥2 (~ €0.02) per km, while they pay less than half of that - ¥0.8 (~€0.007) per km to be exact - when charging with night time current. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/61220110629.php