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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 21, 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 APnewsbreak: Railroads Threatened With Lawsuit. An environmental group threatened to sue two of the nation's biggest rail owners Tuesday under a novel legal theory that would classify diesel exhaust as hazardous waste. The Natural Resources Defense Council sent letters to Union Pacific Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, saying it will file a lawsuit within 90 days under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which regulates hazardous solid waste disposal. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/21/nrdc-threatens-us-railroads-with-pollution/ Ruling Held Up On Power Plant Near Grand Canyon. A decision on further pollution controls for a coal-fired power plant near Page won't come this summer as expected. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will begin consulting with tribes next month on the potential impacts of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions from Navajo Generating Station. EPA officials say the consultations and a study from the Interior Department will better help them reach a decision after December. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18522181?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18522181?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Mayor Bloomberg Gives $50 Million To Fight Coal-Fired Power Plants. New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will donate $50 million to the Sierra Club to support its nationwide campaign to eliminate coal-fired power plants. Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune described the gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will be spread out over four years, as “a game-changer, from our perspective.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mayor-bloomberg-gives-50-million-to-fight-coal-fired-power-plants/2011/07/20/gIQAEKKURI_story.html http://www.grist.org/article/2011-07-21-blockbuster-news-for-the-anti-coal-movement-bloomberg-is-all-in CLIMATE CHANGE U.N. Deadlock on Addressing Climate Shift. The persistent inability of the United Nations to forge international consensus on climate change issues was on display Wednesday, as Security Council members disagreed over whether they should address possible instability provoked by problems like rising sea levels or competition over water resources. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/world/21nations.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Nauru's Plea for UN Action on Climate Threat Goes Unheeded. (Updates with council statement in fourth paragraph.) Nauru's president, speaking for small island nations threatened with extinction by rising sea levels caused by climate change, asked the United Nations Security Council today for help. A divided council couldn't agree on the linkage between climate change and threats to peace and security and took no action. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/07/20/bloomberg1376-LON7Z00YHQ0W01-35NU9EF6H2MOOIRMM5J8C1813G.DTL&type=printable VEHICLES Lowe's to Sell G.E.'s Electric Vehicle Charger. Finding charging stations for electric vehicles is getting easier and cheaper. GE Energy Industrial Solutions and Lowe's have announced they will partner to offer consumers the fast-charging GE WattStation Wall Mount Electric Vehicle Charging Station. The announcement was made today at the Plug-In 2011 Conference and Exposition. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/21/idUS322195417920110721 The Cloud: Now For Connecting Electric Cars. The car, in particular the electric car, is the latest device to get plugged in to the cloud. Coulomb Technologies, which makes networked electric-vehicle charging stations, plans to start selling cloud-based services to allow charge-station owners to manage charging and billing. The service also uses the cloud to connect an EV driver to the nearest charging station and deliver on-demand support and billing services. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/20/idUS263535182920110720 Walgreen To Expand Electric-Vehicle Charging Stations To 800 Stores. Walgreen Co. (WAG) said its electric-vehicle charging station program will expand to include about 800 of its 7,733 stores by the end of the year. The drugstore chain operator began its charging station program late last year, as electricity producer NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) began creating a network of them in Houston. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110721-710979.html Electric Cars About To Cost More In California. The state has run out of the $5,000 rebates it was giving drivers who bought all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster. Also, prices for the Nissan Leaf are going up. It's going to cost more to buy electric cars in California. The state has run out of the $5,000 rebates it was giving people who purchased all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-autos-electric-prices-20110721,0,7088456,print.story Electric Cars' Battery Challenge. If electric cars are ever to become popular enough to replace gas-burning vehicles, far more efficient and inexpensive batteries will have to be produced. The good news is that progress is being made to reduce the cost of batteries and increase the driving range of electric cars. Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors will build its Model S at its Fremont factory. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/opinions/ci_18517806 Green Vehicles Screeches To Halt; City Points Finger At California Energy Commission. A s electric vehicle charging stations go up around Monterey County, a would-be manufacturer of cars that could use them closed the doors of its Salinas-area headquarters—before ever getting its assembly line running. Eco-conscious redevelopment darling Green Vehicles Inc. had grand plans to make 2,000 electric cars next year and more than 11,000 by 2015 …Posted. http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2011/jul/21/stalled-cash/ Tesla Wins $100 Million Supply Deal With Toyota For RAV4 EV. Tesla Motors Inc., the maker of electric Roadster sports cars, said it reached an agreement with Toyota Motor Corp. to supply powertrain equipment worth about $100 million. Toyota, which previously agreed to pay Tesla $60 million for development work on battery packs and motors for use in an all-electric RAV4 sport-utility vehicle …Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110720/OEM05/307209865/1290 Will CA Still Have Electric Car Rebates? Today Is Judgement Day. As we reported back in December last year and again last month, California’s $4.1 million Clean Vehicle Rebate Project has now run out of money. If you’re one of the early adopters who has been lucky enough to buy a 2011 Nissan Leaf, or 2011 Tesla Roadster in the state since 2010 you should already have had a $5,000 rebate check through the mail to go with your $7,500 federal tax credit. Posted. http://www.allcarselectric.com/news/1063542_will-ca-still-have-electric-car-rebates-today-is-judgement-day GREEN ENERGY Legislators Introduce Bill To Resuscitate PACE Program For Green Upgrades To Homes. The PACE program, which made installations of energy-efficient solar panels, insulation and water conservation systems more affordable for homeowners, has been stalled by a technical roadblock. A government program that helped homeowners finance and install green upgrades before a technical roadblock stalled it last year may be resuscitated by Congress. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-green-homes-20110721,0,1669566,print.story OPINIONS Blame Congress. American Electric Power’s decision to shut down an ambitious experiment aimed at capturing greenhouse gases from a coal-fired power plant was a disappointing setback to efforts to control harmful global warming emissions from coal, among the world’s most abundant fuels. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/opinion/20wed2.html?scp=3&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Demise Of Carbon Capture Project Is Bad News. The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, July 20, 2011: Among the more speculative of the proposed solutions to global warming is the notion of capturing the carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and pumping them underground. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/21/v-print/3784328/demise-of-carbon-capture-project.html Opinion: Going Green Is Creating Good Jobs In Silicon Valley. Those who question whether a clean-energy revolution can help put Americans back to work should look to the South Bay today. Our country's energy future will be on display as I visit the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on Thursday to see how labor and management are coming together to prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_18517728 MILLOY: Show Us The Bodies, EPA. The House will soon vote to (slightly) rein in the Obama Environmental Protection Agency. But this much-needed baby step by Congress will only happen if Republicans have the knowledge and muster the courage to withstand a final bare-knuckles assault by EPA’s enviro allies. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/20/show-us-the-bodies-epa/ OP ED: Auto Industry is Taking a Detour on Higher MPG Standard. While it’s certainly not surprising to hear automakers and their lobbyists cry wolf when it comes to strong fuel efficiency and emissions standards, the fact that they continue to do so after being called out on the facts time and time again is worth noting. Posted. http://cranston.patch.com/articles/op-ed-auto-industry-is-taking-a-detour-on-higher-mpg-standard BLOGS As a River Warms, Hope Beckons. In my article in Thursday’s Times about the future of the Nisqually watershed in Washington State, I mention efforts by conservation groups and land trusts across the country to buy up land parcels that are expected to turn into valuable ecological assets someday — marshes or swamplands, for example — as the sea rolls further inland because of global warming. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/as-a-river-warms-hope-beckons/?scp=4&sq=climate%20change&st=cse Bloomberg and Sierra Club Join Forces to Slow Coal. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York announced on Thursday that his main charitable organization would donate $50 million over four years to the Sierra Club’s campaign to shut down coal plants and move the United States toward cleaner sources of energy. Appearing with the Sierra Club’s executive director, Michael Brune, near a coal plant in Alexandria, Va. …Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/bloomberg-and-sierra-club-join-forces-to-slow-coal/?scp=8&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Study Ranks Air Pollution From Coal And Oil-Fired Power Plants. The most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants can be found in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to a new study released Wednesday by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/07/the-most-toxic-air-pollution-from-coal-and-oil-fired-power-plants-can-be-found-in-ohio-pennsylvania-and-florida-according.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Toyota Develops Breakthrough Material That Removes 95% Of Ozone From Air. Researchers at Toyota Central Research and Development Labs in Japan claim to have developed a mesoporous two-line ferrihydrite (M2LFh) that, if used in an ozone (O3) filter, could remove up to 95 percent of unreacted O3. Ferrihydrite is a substance composed of iron, oxygen and water, as you most assuredly already knew, right? Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/ Finnair To Attempt Longest Commercial Biofuel Flight In Aviation History. Those boarding Finnair flights from Amsterdam to Helsinki sometime this week will likely fly into aviation history as the passengers aboard the longest (estimated 933 miles) commercial flight powered by biofuel. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/ UN Shipping Group Moves on Vessel Emission Reductions. An International Maritime Organization panel adopted what it calls mandatory design and operational measures to reduce greenhouse gases from international shipping. According to the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, which has met 62 times on this issue, this month’s action is the “first ever mandatory greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry sector.” Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/shipping-group-moves-vessel-emission-reductions/ Electric Vehicle Industry in Infancy- But Growing Up Fast. For the fifth year in a row, Ernst and Young hosted a global series of cleantech ignition sessions consisting of executive roundtables that convene key stakeholders to discuss important cleantech issues. This year’s sessions focused on electric vehicles (EVs) because the transformational change under way in this industry cuts across many sectors and has profound implications for: automakers, utility, companies, battery developers, smart grid operators, and renewable energy suppliers. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/electric-vehicle-industry-infancy-growing-fast/