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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 22, 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 Business Blasts Ozone Limits. Trade Groups Warn White House That New EPA Curbs Would Choke Off Growth. Business groups are stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting tougher limits on smog-forming ozone, saying a new rule pending White House approval would damp the fragile economic recovery. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304567604576456443045913386.html?mod=googlenews_wsj The 20 States With The Most Toxic Air. A new analysis ranks states by the levels of air pollution produced by power plants. Coal- and oil-fired power plants produce almost half the toxic air pollution in the U.S., according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility, which identifies the 20 states with the biggest polluters and the worst air quality. For those who follow these issues, the results are not at all shocking. Posted. http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/states-worst-air-pollution-0722 CLIMATE CHANGE Ideal Carbon Capture Solution Years Off: Study. A dream climate change cure to turn planet-warming greenhouse gases into useful products from jet fuel to plastics will take years to develop from the lab and pilot projects, a report found on Thursday. Pilot projects already use carbon dioxide (CO2) to feed plants, for example to boost tomatoes in glasshouses, while laboratories have tested the manufacture of concrete, plastics and oils, but costs are high and projects depend on concentrated streams of CO2. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/21/us-carbon-capture-idUSTRE76K24K20110721 Petitions Filed To Repeal NM Greenhouse Gas Rules. New Mexico's largest electric utilities, the oil and natural gas industry and others are seeking to have the state's greenhouse gas emissions rules overturned. Petitions to repeal the rules were filed late last week with the state Environmental Improvement Board (EIB). The board was expected to decide Aug. 1 whether the case will go forward. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9OK97CG1.htm Cap And Trade Pols Move On. One year ago Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ended the climate bill’s misery. “It’s not a happy anniversary,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who has co-sponsored nearly all the major global warming bills debated over the past decade. Posted. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=B2CB4D49-C06F-4D10-A42E-438916A02E58 How Much Does Global Warming Cost? A new report suggests that the social cost of carbon — the economic damage done by one ton of carbon dioxide emissions — could be drastically higher than government agencies have estimated. Most people understand that global warming is happening, but it is hard to get a firmer sense of exactly what effects it is going to have on the future of the world. Posted. http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/how-much-does-global-warming-cost-33864/ Calif. Activists Urge Gov. Brown To Ditch Cap-And-Trade Scheme. San Francisco -- Activists whose lawsuit hobbled California's cap-and-trade scheme for curbing greenhouse gases launched a second offensive yesterday aimed at Gov. Jerry Brown (D). A dozen or so college students demonstrated against cap and trade on a bustling corner of the Mission neighborhood here. "Cap and trade kills!" they shouted as they showered classmates, huddled on the ground, with shreds of green paper. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/22/8 FUELS Which Cities Use The Most Gas? Which cities eat up the most gas? Mint.com has the lowdown on how often their users buy gas every month, and how much they spend (click for a larger infographic). The slobbiest gas guzzlers, according to Mint data, are San Jose, Calif. and Birmingham, Ala. The daintiest gas sippers are New York, Brooklyn (a kind of New York), D.C., and Boston -- places with robust public transportation systems. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-22-which-cities-use-the-most-gas VEHICLES California Electric-Car Rebate Program Resumes. San Francisco -- California's electric-car rebate program, so popular that it ran out of cash last month, is back in business. The California Air Resources Board on Thursday approved spending $15 million to $21 million to fund the program, which gives rebates to buyers of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/22/BUVT1KDHGT.DTL&type=printable http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/07/california-ends-5000-electric-car-rebates/1 http://kdrv.com/page/218799 S. Valley Residents Raise High-Speed Rail Concerns. Hanford – Residents fighting a proposed high-speed rail route east of Hanford are being ignored, a legislator from Hanford said Thursday. "No one is answering our questions" is the most common complaint that Assembly Member David Valadao, R-Hanford, said he gets from Kings County residents. "I have been contacted by numerous constituents who feel they have been pushed aside, ignored and in some cases mistreated," Valadao said. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/21/v-print/2473213/s-valley-residents-raise-high.html New York Approves Ford, Nissan Vehicles As Taxis. New York City has approved the Ford Taurus sedan and Ford Transit Connect van for use as taxis for the next two years, allowing the carmaker to keep a foothold in the New York cab market even as it phases out the Crown Victoria sedan. New York originally wanted only hybrid or gas-powered equivalents of hybrids to be allowed, but it loosened the rules after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the city lacks the authority to set mileage standards for taxis. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/21/2472531/new-york-approves-ford-vehicles.html#storylink=misearch TCAG Weighs Air-Improvement Grants For Rails. The Tulare County Association of Governments is expected to vote Monday to apply for a series of air improvement grants that could pay up to 80 percent of the cost to upgrade 20 miles of train tracks between Lindsay and Dinuba. An official with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District suggested that TCAG apply now for grants to help pay the estimated $15 million cost to fix …Posted. http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20110722/NEWS01/107220323 Michigan Delegation Faults 56 Mpg Target For 2025. Michigan’s congressional delegation said setting a 56 mpg target for 2025 could result in a loss of American jobs and urged President Obama to meet with the Detroit 3 and the UAW “to work through an acceptable solution.” The letter yesterday from Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, as well as the 14 House members from Michigan, did not recommend a particular mileage target. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110722/OEM05/110729953/1179 Mich. Lawmakers Decry 'Overly Aggressive' Target In Letter To Obama. Michigan lawmakers warned President Obama yesterday that a proposed 56.2 mpg target for automobile fuel economy talks is "overly aggressive" and would spur further job losses in their state's automotive industry. In a letter to Obama, Michigan's two Democratic senators and 14 of its 15 House members outlined concerns with the 56.2 mpg standard being weighed by the administration. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/22/7 GREEN ENERGY The Pressure To Add Clean Power In California. Setting renewable energy mandates for utilities has been the big policy hammer that forces the use of wind, solar and other sources of cleaner power in the U.S. The pressure has intensified in California now that utilities are required to meet at least a 33 percent mandate by 2020. Utility Pacific Gas and Electric announced this week three power purchase agreements with solar-project developers. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/22/idUS279430753920110722 U.S., Seeking to Reshape Electric Grid, Adopts a Power Line Rule. Federal regulators laid down principles on Thursday for planning and paying for new power lines, part of a long-term policy effort to help the nation’s electricity grid grow enough to meet the demands of renewable energy and a competitive electricity market. The rule, which has been in the works for several years, is intended to push the organizations that manage the grid into cooperating with one another…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/science/earth/22grid.html?ref=earth Multiple Benefits In Making Homes Green. Retired real estate agent Vicky Friedman decided it was time to do some home improvements to her 1937 charmer in the Rockridge area of Oakland. But the changes she had in mind were not things you might immediately notice. After conducting an energy audit of her 4,600-square-foot home, a contractor sealed off seven of 12 jalousie windows that were leaking air. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18522673?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com FERC's New Grid Policy Gives A Major Push To Renewable Energy Projects. The justification given for the mammoth new policy issued yesterday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is that the nation's high-voltage transmission grid must change to respond to profound changes that are under way in how the United States generates, moves and uses electric power. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/22/3 MISCELLANEOUS Bill on Governor Brown's Desk Could Force Businesses To Subsidize Workers' Commutes. A bill sent to the governor's desk could put California employers on the hook for subsidizing workers' commutes if they travel by public transit, carpools or other low-polluting ways. The legislation would allow regional transportation and air pollution boards in the Bay Area and 17 other metropolitan areas to pass employee benefit ordinances that could affect companies with as few as 20 workers. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/politics-government/ci_18516395?source=rss Edison Customers Can Exchange Up To 10 Lamps For Energy-Efficient Ones. If you're trying to "go green" at home and reduce your energy use, you won't want to miss Southern California Edison's lamp exchange program this weekend in Camarillo. Operation Lamp Exchange takes place Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 940 Arneill Road. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/21/edison-customers-can-exchange-up-to-10-lamps-for/ OPINIONS Mark Landsbaum: UN Climate Change Cops Coming? It was only a matter of time. The climate change frenzy has spawned the latest Global Warming Absurdity of the Day - green-helmeted green cops. “UN security council to consider climate change peacekeeping,” is the headline in the UK’s Guardian. A special meeting was called to discuss how the UN can “intervene in conflicts” caused by rising seas levels and shrinking resources. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/common/printer/view.php?db=ocregister&id=309183 BLOGS Coal-Themed Sculpture Annoys Lawmakers. Some people in Wyoming, one of the country’s top energy-producing states, are not happy with a sculpture that has just been installed at the University of Wyoming that depicts a link between human-caused climate change and dead forests. The installation, by the British artist Chris Drury, is called “Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around.” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/coal-themed-sculpture-annoys-lawmakers/?ref=earth The Big Bake. Welcome to life on Venus! We’ve got the greenhouse effect going full blast, the sun is nearing Solar Maximum, and the Earth is tilted toward the parent star as if trying to dip the northern hemisphere into a vat of boiling oil. Now comes the Heat Bubble. You’ve seen the maps. The Heat Bubble covers nearly half the country, and it has been sauntering eastward, from the midwest, and today camps out for the weekend right on top of us here in Washington. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/post/the-big-bake/2011/07/22/gIQAkgUQTI_blog.html Electric Vehicles: California Rebates Sliced In Half. California’s Air Resources Board voted Thursday to slice in half to $2,500 the rebate buyers of electric vehicles can collect. The state ran out of money to fund the $5,000 rebates that had been in place for several years. About 500 buyers of cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster are on a rebate waiting list and will collect the $2,500. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/07/california-electric-vehicle-rebate-sliced-in-half.html ENERGY: California Halves Electric Vehicle Subsidy. The rebate for electric vehicles is back, but it's been cut in half, the California Air Resources Board said Thursday. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Program ran out of cash in June, months ahead of schedule. The board is increasing the original $5 million allocation to at least $15 million, and offering rebates of up to $2,500 toward the purchase of all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/blogsnew/business/energy/article_e4905fb9-e522-5b6c-ba1b-1b312add3658.html Rebates Shrinking For Electric Vehicles. San Diego — San Diego car buyers looking to purchase a new all-electric vehicle are no longer getting an automatic $5,000 discount, but a drained California rebate program was partially revived yesterday by the State Air Resources Board. The panel voted to add more money after it ran out of money last month. Posted. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/jul/22/rebates-shrinking-electric-cars/ Climate Change Reducing Ocean's Carbon Dioxide Uptake. How deep is the ocean's capacity to buffer against climate change? As one of the planet's largest single carbon absorbers, the ocean takes up roughly one-third of all human carbon emissions, reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and its associated global changes. But whether the ocean can continue mopping up human-produced carbon at the same rate is still up in the air. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/climate-change-reducing-oceans-carbon-dioxide-upta/