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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 25, 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 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. The study, "Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States," used public data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory, a national database of toxic emissions reported by industrial sources. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/25/v-print/3792124/study-ranks-air-pollution-from.html Business Groups Say New Smog Rule Will Hurt Economy And Obama In 2012. Within weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to tighten the national standard for ozone, the main ingredient in smog. In last-minute lobbying, business groups are warning that the country can't afford cleaner air in an economic downturn and that President Barack Obama can't afford it politically, either. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/24/1788021/business-groups-say-new-smog-rule.html CLIMATE CHANGE Australia’s Carbon Tax May Slash Coal-Industry Value by $8.7 Billion. Australia’s planned carbon tax may reduce the value of the coal industry by about A$8 billion ($8.7 billion) as producers including Xstrata Plc (XTA) and Anglo American Plc (AAL) bear higher costs, according to a research group Wood Mackenzie Ltd. “This is an average of a 4 percent reduction in net present value of coal companies’ Australian portfolios,” Ben Willacy, Wood Mackenzie’s Australasia coal supply lead analyst said in an e-mailed report today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-25/australian-coal-tax-may-cut-coal-industry-value-by-a-8-billion.html Debate Intensifies Over Climate Change Aspects of Canada's Oil Sands Pipeline. As the State Department weighs approving an oil pipeline stretching from Canada to Texas, experts are divided on whether the Keystone XL project would worsen global warming. The split opinion is coming to a head, as the House considers a bill speeding up the approval process for the $7 billion pipeline and the State Department readies release of a final environmental assessment in August. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/07/25/25climatewire-debate-intensifies-over-climate-change-aspec-46622.html Fight Brews Over Offsets In Calif. Cap And Trade. If a tree falls in the forest and it was supposed to have canceled out a company's carbon emissions, who bears responsibility? It's among many dilemmas California faces as it rolls out its landmark climate law. The state's Air Resources Board (ARB) soon is expected to unveil its proposed rules for enforcing A.B. 32, the law ordering reductions in heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/25/1 Utilities, Environmentalists Press California For Cap & Trade Rule Changes. California utilities are pressing regulators to adopt numerous changes to the basic rules governing how the state's planned greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program will be carried out -- including a request to eliminate all language pertaining to rate-making policies and to provide more flexibility to use GHG offsets and allowances earlier in the program to help contain costs and ease compliance. Posted. http://defensenewsstand.com/201107222370856/Clean-Energy-Report-Daily-News/News/utilities-environmentalists-press-california-for-cap-a-trade-rule-changes/Print/menu-id-1.html Where Do Greenhouse Gases Come From? This chart from the United Nations Environment Programme (click to embiggen) looks complicated, sort of like a traffic sign cross-bred with a banyan tree. But it basically just traces the path of greenhouse gases from polluting industries, through uses, out into the atmosphere. So you can tell at a glance, for instance, that energy industries produce by far the most greenhouse gases, or that most of the methane comes from oil processing and livestock. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-25-where-do-greenhouse-gases-come-from Packing Heat: Why Violence Boils Over On A Warming Planet. A Kenyan pastoralist killed in a cattle raid; an Afghan farmer trusting the Taliban to protect his poppy crop; more crackdowns along the U.S.-Mexico border; the Arab Spring -- are these isolated incidents of region-specific violence and turmoil? Or can they all claim a common root cause: climate change? Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-07-24-packing-heat-why-violence-boils-over-on-a-warming-planet DIESEL EMISSIONS Seaport Complex Takes Delivery Of Zero-Emission Hauling Truck. The heavy-duty rig, which will transport cargo between the ports of L.A. and Long Beach and Inland Empire warehouses and distribution centers, runs on electric batteries powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. July 23, 2011|By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles TimesAn El Segundo Company aims to help the nation's busiest seaport complex advance its green technology efforts by providing zero-emission trucks for heavy-duty hauling. Posted. http://articles.latimes.com/print/2011/jul/23/business/la-fi-0723-hydrogen-truck-20110723 CARB To Offer Up To $16 Million For Clean Trucks. The California Air Resources Board has approved between $11 and $16 million for the third year of funding toward the purchase of lower-emitting and fuel-efficient hybrid and zero-emissions trucks and buses. The money is part of a $40 million funding for the third year of the program, which promotes the purchase of the next-generation of clean cars, trucks, and off-road equipment. Posted. http://fleetowner.com/green/archive/carb-offer-millions-clean-trucks-0725/ Port Of LA Gets Keys To First Zero-Emission Truck. It looks just like a regular big-rig truck, but when the motor starts it sounds more like a Prius. It's called the Tyrano, and it is the world's first zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell-powered class 8 truck. On Friday, the Port of L.A. got the keys to the first such semis to drive on Los Angeles' roads. The ports, together with trucking company Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), will begin using one hydrogen fuel cell truck for a trial period of one year. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/07/25/27867/port-l-gets-keys-first-zero-emission-truck/ VEHICLES GM's Coming Cars, Trucks To Target Fuel Efficiency. Cars have dominated General Motors' vehicle-launch schedule lately. Expect more of the same for the next 18 months, as GM readies several key car launches across its four brands. Trucks, though, will dominate in 2013. GM is expected to unveil both its next-generation of full-sized pickups and SUVs that year, as 2014 models. On the car and truck fronts, fuel economy will be the overarching theme as the automaker prepares for the next round of fuel-efficiency standards. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110725/OEM04/307259994/1216 Toronto Company Makes A Non-Toxic Battery For Green Cars. Electric vehicles for The Green Highway today and for the foreseeable future all require lithium ion batteries. Manufacturing them is expected to be a $100-billion industry in less than 20 years. Today, Japanese companies like Sony, Panasonic and Toyota are leaders in a $9-billion business. Posted. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/green-driving/news-and-notes/toronto-company-makes-a-non-toxic-battery-for-green-cars/article2096274/ GREEN ENERGY India To Set Up Independent Environmental Body. India's government will set up a new environmental regulator to review investment projects, the prime minister said, freeing politicians from making unpopular decisions to protect ecology at the cost of development. India has been embroiled in fierce debate over how to protect the environment while also lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty through investment and infrastructure. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_INDIA_ENVIRONMENT?SITE=NCWIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/india-to-set-up-independent-body-to-review-projects-for-environmental-clearance/2011/07/25/gIQAS9cxXI_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/25/2476410/india-to-set-up-independent-environmental.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18544022 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18544022?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/25/india-to-set-up-independent-environmental-body/ Less Red Tape On Solar Projects Would Mean More Jobs, Study Says. Reducing government red tape for the California solar industry would create nearly 4,000 additional jobs statewide over the next decade, according to a new study. SunRun, a leading San Francisco-based solar provider, said inconsistent government permitting processes in California add nearly $2,500 to the average cost of installing a residential solar power system, creating barriers to growth for the fast-emerging industry. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/25/v-print/3791546/less-red-tape-on-solar-projects.html From Governor Moonbeam To Governor Sunbeam -- Brown Pushes For Alternative Energy. During his first two terms nearly four decades ago, Jerry Brown became famously known as Governor Moonbeam. Now he seems destined to become Governor Sunbeam. With the epic battle over the state budget finally behind him, Brown's first major policy initiative aims to fulfill the ambitious goal laid out in his campaign: to develop a clean-energy economy in California. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18541377 http://www.dailynews.com/technology/ci_18541375 http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_18541375?source=rss http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/morning_call/2011/07/gov-brown-pushing-renewable-energy-plan.html Wind Farms Multiply, Fueling Clashes With Nearby Residents. Demand for clean energy has led to a wind turbine building boom. But many living in their shadow decry the electricity generating projects as pesky eyesores. Donna and Bob Moran moved to the wind-whipped foothills here four years ago looking for solitude and serenity amid the pinyon pines and towering Joshua trees. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wind-power-20110724,0,121989,print.story Yolo Drafts Measure To Protect Ag Lands From Solar Projects. It's a battle of deities in Yolo County this summer, sun against earth. The city of Davis and some notable developers say they want to build solar energy projects on hundreds of acres near Interstate 80 and the Yolo Causeway. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/25/v-print/3791686/yolo-drafts-measure-to-protect.html From Governor Moonbeam To Governor Sunbeam -- Brown Pushes For Solar Power Continues To Push Its Way Into New Markets, Despite Recession. Despite global economic chaos, renewable energy use, especially solar power, expanded throughout the world in 2010. Growth is continuing as innovations in technology improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness while governments provide regulatory incentives to use clean electricity. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/25/4 How To Power Homes With 100% Clean And Increasingly Local Power. After 10 years of battling incumbent utilities, Marin Clean Energy became California's first operational community choice aggregation (CCA) authority in 2010. Already, local ratepayers can opt to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources. CCA offers an option for cities, counties, and collaborations to opt out of the traditional role of energy consumers. Posted. http://www.grist.org/renewable-energy/2011-07-23-how-to-power-homes-with-clean-and-local-power OPINION Opinion: Bad Economy Can't Stop Bay Area Communities From Advancing Clean Energy. With unemployment still alarmingly high and budgets thin everywhere, great concern about the direction of the economic recovery persists. At the same time, the continuing tragedy surrounding Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reinforces the importance of safe, clean energy to power the economy. Can we create jobs, improve budgets, strengthen our energy security and address climate change? Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_18531081 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18531081 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18531081?nclick_check=1 Drop Ethanol, Drill At Home. Ethanol is a bad choice. It is well known that more emissions are created by ethanol production than fuel made from crude oil. Tractors, transportation and cooking of the corn all add to carbon emissions. It also costs more. That is why the ethanol producers need a subsidy to compete. If we want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, all we need to do is drill more oil here. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/23/1787442/drop-ethanol-drill-at-home.html Letter: Coachella Valley Needs A Light-Rail System To Fight Air Pollution. While I think the things being done are all great, is anyone really looking to the future? We should be looking to build a light-rail system. To start, it should run it between downtown Palm Springs to the mall or El Paseo in Palm Desert. It can be expanded to Desert Hot Springs and Indio. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107240313 California Must Lead On Emissions. Automakers, union leaders, environmental groups and the governors of California and Michigan joined President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 to announce our country’s first joint standards to boost gas mileage and cut pollution from new cars and light-duty trucks through 2016. Now, the Obama administration is reportedly looking at ambitious new targets for 2017-2025 that could increase the fuel standard significantly. Posted. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=70C605E0-E9B1-4DD9-8049-C5DCE4318F5B BLOGS An Odder Look to Fuel-Efficient Trucks. New jet planes have winglets, curved structures at the tips of the wings that change the airflow and reduce the turbulence in the passing wind. That reduces drag, the amount of effort needed to speed ahead, and that in turn reduces fuel requirements. Can it work on the ground? Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/an-odder-look-to-fuel-efficient-trucks/?ref=earth EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Speaks At NAACP Convention In Los Angeles. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson spoke to the NAACP National Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday about the impact of pollution on minority communities, an issue that will be also be explored during a Monday afternoon panel: "The air we breathe: …Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/07/epa-chief-lisa-jackson-speaks-before-naacp-convention-in-los-angeles.html AM Alert: Jerry Brown Revs Up Renewable Energy Conference. Gov. Jerry Brown has emerged from his hiking trip in the Sierra to kick off a two-day conference in Los Angeles on renewable energy. The conference will explore how California's public and private sectors can rev up local energy generation to meet Brown's green-jobs goal of onsite or small systems producing 12,000 megawatts by the end of the decade. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/07/am-alert-jerry-brown-renewable-energy-conference.html Biofuels Slowly Take Flight with the Airline Industry. I’ve heard a lot about biofuel for aviation tests, but they always sounded suspiciously like airline ‘greenwashing’ PR to me. Richard Branson’s $3 billion bet on an aviation biofuel company went bankrupt. Successful tests turned out to be only fractionally biofuel. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/biofuels-slowly-flight-airline-industry/ EV Manufacturer Green Vehicles Files for Bankruptcy. According to the Monterey County Weekly and Examiner.com, electric car startup Green Vehicles has filed for bankruptcy, only months after announcing a partnership with Leyden Energy, and relocating to Salinas, CA, from their headquarters in San Jose. The failure of Green Vehicles is a major setback for Salinas, which seeks to position itself as a manufacturing hub for the Valley’s emerging cleantech industry. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/electric-car-triac-ev-green-vehicles-files-bankruptcy/ Hot Is The New Normal: Why High Temperatures Are Evidence Of Climate Change. Unless you’ve been living in an ice chest for the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been a tad hot. Ok, really hot. Ok, really, REALLY hot. Like record-breaking hot. Just four days ago, when the heat indexed reached 110F in New York City, 188 cities across the United States broke high temperature records, and 138 more cities tied them. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/hot-is-the-new-normal-why-high-temperatures-are-evidence-of-climate-change/ Consumer Federation Of America Says SUV/Truck Mpg Exemption Is "Economic Suicide." In mid-July, automakers – in particular, the Detroit Three – urged the Obama Administration to tone down the proposed CAFE target of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 for full-size trucks and SUVs. At the automakers' requests, government regulators are reportedly considering a proposal that allows for the fuel economy ratings of behemoth vehicles to improve at a lesser pace than required for other passenger vehicles. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/ Study: Ultrafine Particles In Diesel Fumes Can Cause Heart Attacks. When we think of dangerous auto emissions, we tend to think first of greenhouse-causing gases or the components of the smoggy haze that hovers over cities. However, another component of the smoke pouring from some tailpipes may be even more dangerous. Research published in European Heart Journal tested the effects of diesel fumes on healthy volunteers. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/ CARB Approves Extension Of Clean Vehicle Rebates. The California Air Resources Board (CARB), the funding agency behind the state's zero-emissions Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), has proposed a significant increase in funding for CVRP in 2011-2012. CARB is proposing tripling the funding from last year's level of $5 million to $15 million. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/page/2/ Pike Research Forecasts More Than 5,200 Hydrogen Fueling Stations To Be Operational Worldwide By 2020. According to a new report from Pike Research, more than 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations for cars, buses and forklifts will be operational worldwide by 2020, up from just 200 stations in 2010. The cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that, by the end of that period, annual investment in hydrogen stations will reach $1.6 billion, with a cumulative 10-year investment totaling $8.4 billion. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/07/pikeh2-20110723.html