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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 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 Fire Erupts At Northern Calif. Plastics Plant. Fairfield, Calif. -- A fire at a plastics company sent black smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the air Tuesday, but officials said no building damage or injuries were reported. The fire broke out about 1 p.m. in an outdoor storage area at the Macro Plastics Inc. complex near Travis Air Force Base, said city spokeswoman Gale Spears. A thick plume of dark black smoke was visible for miles, drifting eastward to the south of Sacramento. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/26/v-print/3796167/fire-erupts-at-northern-calif.html http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/california/2011/07/fire-marshal-employees-doing-maintenance-work-likely-started-fairfield-plast http://www.kcra.com/news/28672566/detail.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_84b1f0f9-7d71-55c7-82e5-7b1baab05c88.html Texas Company Fined For California Air Pollution Violations. Sacramento • Key Energy Services pays $52,000 fine • CARB says it’s for smoke inspection violations. Key Energy Services LLC, based in Midland, Texas, with West Coast offices in Bakersfield, has been fined $52,000 by the California Air Resources Board. Through an audit, CARB says its investigators found that Key failed to test its California fleet’s diesel engine emissions, as required by California law. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/templates/print.cfm?ID=18974 CLIMATE CHANGE California Offset Frustration Continues. Carbon market participants on Tuesday said revisions to key rules may not be enough to ensure that trading in secondary offset markets in California is liquid and stable. At issue is the question of who should be held responsible for replacing offset credits in the event that a project is found to be flawed. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/27/us-california-point-carbon-idUSTRE76Q4RS20110727 FUELS AP Sources: Feds To Seek Smaller Boost To Fuel Economy After Lawmakers, Automakers Push Back. Officials say the Obama administration is close to a deal with automakers to boost fuel economy. Officials familiar with talks between the White House and automakers say recent changes to make it easier for light trucks to become more fuel efficient have lowered the proposal to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Last month, the administration floated a 56.2 mile-per-gallon target. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_FUEL_ECONOMY?SITE=SCCOL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/white-house-seeks-smaller-boost-to-fuel-economy-after-michigan-lawmakers-automakers-push-back/2011/07/26/gIQADvwRbI_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/business/energy-environment/compromise-may-set-a-lower-fuel-economy-target-for-2025.html?scp=1&sq=vehicles&st=cse http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-fuel-economy-20110727,0,5230459,print.story http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/26/2478261/white-house-says-close-to-deal.html#storylink=misearch http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110727/OEM05/110729872/1179 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Charge Your Electric Car From Solar Power. Now you can power your electric car from the solar panels on your roof. SolarCity, one of the larger solar power installers in the West, is launching an electric car-charger installation service for homes and businesses. The company says it will give more consumers in the 11 states where it operates the chance to go "driving on sunshine." Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/07/charge-your-electric-car-from-solar-power/1 Electric Cars May Not Find Road To Minority Communities. Who will own the electric car? A new report on electric cars released by The Greenlining Institute -- “Electric Vehicles: Who’s Left Stranded?” -- says the cost of the vehicles, plus the potential inconvenience of charging them, could keep these cars out of minority communities that have some of the worst smog problems in the state. Posted. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?1=1&_c=zvn0iaja0g995t&xid=zvmsn3j1avxav7&done=.zvmtap2y5zej3i&_credir=1311788294&_c=zvn0iaja0g995t# Ecotrocity And Welcome Break To Offer Free EV Charging On Motorways. A new scheme devised by British green energy company Ecotricity could put an end to range anxiety for electric car owners by providing charge points at service stations along UK motorways. The national charging network, which is the first of its kind worldwide, will be free of charge to electric vehicle (EV) drivers and will consist of 27 charging points at Welcome Break service stations at its completion. Posted. http://www.greenwisebusiness.co.uk/news/ecotrocity-and-welcome-break-to-offer-free-ev-charging-on-motorways-2500.aspx GREEN ENERGY Gov. Brown Pushes 12-Gigawatt Clean-Power Goal. California should get that much electricity from local clean power sources — such as rooftop solar panels, small wind turbines and fuel cells — by 2020, he says, but is short on details about how. California wants 12 gigawatts of electricity from local clean power sources, such as rooftop solar panels, small wind turbines and fuel cells, by 2020…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-small-renewables-20110726,0,1414360,print.story Crazy Ideas For Next-Gen Wind Turbines. Is there any image that represents a renewable energy future better than a stately white wind turbine turning on a hillside? Well, don't get too used to it! Researchers are coming up with all sorts of crazy ideas to improve on the current turbine model, the Los Angeles Times’ Tiffany Hsu reports. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-26-crazy-ideas-for-next-gen-wind-turbines OPINIONS Ice Age Threat Should Freeze EPA Global Warming Regs. Rather than spiraling into a global warming meltdown, we may be heading into the next ice age. The U.S. National Solar Observatory, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and astrophysicists across the planet report that the nearly all-time low sunspot activity may result in a sustained cooling period on Earth. The news has sent global warming theory advocates scrambling to discount and explain away the impact on global temperatures. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/07/ice-age-threat-should-freeze-epa-global-warming-regs#ixzz1TKNnkFNU LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Standing Up For Clean-Air Laws. When I saw Steve Milloy's attack on the bedrock clean-air laws that protect Americans from pollution, I could only think of the many children admitted to hospitals for asthma attacks on days when smog levels are sky-high and children who miss many days of school because of breathing problems they can't keep up with their classmates ("Show us the bodies, EPA," Commentary, July 21). Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/26/standing-up-for-clean-air-laws/ A Decision for Clean Air. Federal mandates under the 1970 Clean Air Act have produced cleaner cars, fuels and factories, significantly improving the air Americans breathe. Yet the underlying standards setting limits on ground-level ozone, the main component of harmful smog, have remained unchanged since 1997 — even as science has made it abundantly clear that the standard is still not strong enough to protect public health. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/opinion/27wed3.html?scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Head To Head: Is Brown's Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal A Worthwhile Pursuit? THE ISSUE: "The future of energy is not Texas oil; it's California sun," Gov. Jerry Brown said, and he set a goal of producing one-third of current peak electricity use of 65,000 megawatts from renewable resources by 2020 – 12,000 megawatts from localized generation and 8,000 megawatts from large-scale projects. Is Brown's ambitious renewable energy goal a worthwhile pursuit? Pia Lopez: Eminently worthwhile. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/27/v-print/3796483/is-browns-ambitious-renewable.html Editorial: House Riders Threaten California's Air, Water. Under the guise of bolstering the economy, House Republicans today will attempt to push through dozens of policy riders that would undercut the nation's environmental laws. Anticipated measures would reduce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ability to protect air and water resources, slash the Interior Department's Land and Water Conservation Fund and make it easier for mining companies to carry out "mountaintop removal" – in which entire tops of mountains are sheared off to get at the coal underneath. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/26/v-print/3793749/editorial-house-riders-threaten.html UC Merced Study: Climate Change Could 'Profoundly' Change Yellowstone Ecosystem. An increase in wildfires blamed on climate change could rapidly and profoundly alter the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, according to a study written by environmental engineering and geography professor Anthony Westerling of UC Merced. The study by Westerling and his colleagues… Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/25/3794186/uc-merced-study-climate-change.html#ixzz1TKL2IhY6 Editorial (Other Views): Time To Clear The Air. You hear a lot these days about how mindless government policy stifles innovation in the private sector. But in West Virginia's coal country, the opposite has happened. The lack of government rules has prompted a private company to stop work on a promising antipollution technology, which sets a dangerous precedent that utilities across the nation may follow. Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110727/OPINION01/107270323/Editorial-other-views-Time-clear-air?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7COpinion%7Cs BLOGS A Battery That Squeezes More Miles Out of Gasoline. On Monday I wrote about odd new devices that would help big trucks meet new standards for heavy vehicles’ fuel economy that are expected to be issued any day now. Also expected imminently were new corporate average fuel economy (known as CAFE) standards for cars, pickups, minivans and S.U.V.’s. Rules announced last year already required that cars get an average of 35.5 miles per gallon starting in the 2016 model year. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/a-battery-that-squeezes-more-miles-out-of-gasoline/?ref=earth California And BC Feeling Carbon Offsets Headache. Concerns are rising in California about a climate change mechanism known as carbon offsets -- similar concerns, in fact, to those now being felt in B.C. California is moving to enact what is arguably one of the world's most comprehensive greenhouse gas reductions programs, known as A.B. 32. Posted. http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Environment/2011/07/26/carbon-offset-California-BC/