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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 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. FUELS Obama Unveils Sharp Increase In Auto Fuel Economy. * Auto makers' fleets must average 54.5 mpg by 2025 * "Most important step" to reduce foreign oil use-Obama * Deal will lower U.S. fuel consumption by 2.2 million bpd (Recasts, adds details, background). Washington - President Barack Obama on Friday formally unveiled standards that would dramatically increase U.S. fuel economy standards for cars and trucks by 2025. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/29/usa-autos-standards-idUSN1E76S0XO20110729 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904800304576476120004971678.html BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-29/automakers-agree-to-54-5-mpg-u-s-fuel-economy-rule-obama-says.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-07-29/obama-fuel-efficiency-goals-put-automakers-ahead-of-pace-cars.html http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-fuel-economy-20110729,0,4417438.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/07/28/bloomberg1376-LP2KUQ0D9L3501-1TOBAGCUIMLBQ1JAFE3DLT7BGT.DTL http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/07/28/bloomberg1376-LP3OK86K50YS01-2REQ7ANDA74ILN77BB5E5EK0GE.DTL&type=printable http://www.insidebayarea.com/california/ci_18575913http://www.examiner.com/cars-in-los-angeles/fat-sick-and-nearly-dead-exclusive-interview-part-2 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18575912?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/29/1794938/president-to-announce-deal-to.html (paid subscription only) http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=9222B3DE-3CF1-4FC4-96FE-E245FABBDC11 http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43943209/ns/business-autos/ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/29/president-to-announce-deal-to-boost-fuel-economy/ http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110729/OEM05/110729826/1186 http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/29/2025-cafe-target-set-at-54-5-mpg-everyones-apparently-happy-wi/ Environmentalists Cheer Obama's Fuel Economy Hike. President Obama's plan to double fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025 received applause from environmentalists who had pressed for such action. President Barack Obama announces a new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks Friday, July 29, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/07/obamas-fuel-economy-standard-cheered/1 Cellulosic Biofuel Has A Future, Say Industry Leaders. Bioenergy executives remain positive about cellulosic biofuel's potential to fill the country's energy demands more sustainably, despite a grim outlook. Last month, U.S. EPA released sobering preliminary targets for cellulosic biofuel output -- between 3.45 million and 12.9 million gallons by 2012, a minuscule fraction of what the agency set to achieve in 2007. A final target will be released in November, confirmed an EPA official. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/29/6 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION EPA Targets Air Pollution From Gas Drilling Boom. Faced with a natural gas drilling boom that has sullied the air in some parts of the country, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed for the first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells, particularly those drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing. The proposal, issued to meet a court deadline, addresses air pollution problems reported in places such as Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado, where new drilling techniques have led to a rush to obtain natural gas that was once considered inaccessible. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/28/epa-targets-air-pollution-from-gas-drilling-boom/ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/28/epa-targets-air-pollution-from-gas-drilling-boom/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_bc994372-8737-5afa-b026-9da0f052c656.html http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18568957?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com CLIMATE CHANGE Justice Groups Sue To Halt Implementation Of Calif. Cap And Trade. The environmental justice advocates who successfully sued to force California to reconsider its choice of cap and trade for greenhouse gases are now trying to stop ongoing rulemaking in the meantime. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) should not be allowed to continue forming its market-based policy while still in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires state agencies to analyze the environmental effects of proposed policies, the groups argued yesterday in a filing with the California Supreme Court. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/29/6 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS DOJ: Caterpillar To Pay $2.55M To Resolve Clean Air Act Violations. Washington (Dow Jones)--Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) agreed to pay $2.55 million to settle civil charges it violated U.S. environmental regulations by shipping engines that lacked proper emissions controls, the government said Thursday. Caterpillar allegedly shipped to assembly plants 590,000 misconfigured highway and non-road engines, some of which made it into vehicles, causing particles and excess emissions to be released into the air, the Justice Department said in a press release. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110728-721855.html BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/07/29/business-industrials-us-caterpillar-clean-air-settlement-illinois_8591492.html http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2011/163_news110729_caterpillar_to_pay_epa_due_to_clean_air_act_violations/index.html VEHICLES Latest Out of Tailpipes: Electricity With Exhaust. EVEN the most efficient of modern cars has a wasteful streak: only about a quarter of the energy contained in the fuel the engine burns is converted to motion. Much of the lost energy flows out of the tailpipe in the form of hot exhaust gases, researchers at General Motors say. As proposals for E.P.A. fuel economy standards of more than 50 miles per gallon are floated in Washington, it is little wonder that automakers are ratcheting up the search for simple and cost-effective ways to squeeze every last bit of energy from available petroleum fuels. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/automobiles/latest-out-of-tailpipes-electricity-with-exhaust.html?pagewanted=print The Prius V: A Hybrid That Hauls More Stuff. TESTED 2012 Prius V (though Toyota, which seems to have a shortage of capital letters, prefers “v”). WHAT IS IT? A stretched Prius with 58 percent more cargo capacity than the standard version. HOW MUCH? Prices won’t be released until closer to the car’s showroom debut this fall. WHAT MAKES IT RUN? A slightly tweaked version of the Prius’s hybrid drivetrain, built around a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine, with a 60-kilowatt motor generator and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/automobiles/autoreviews/the-toyota-prius-v-a-hybrid-that-hauls-more-stuff.html?pagewanted=print Report Casts Doubt On Forecasts For California High Speed Rail. In a review of California's high speed rail project, a panel of experts determines that ridership and revenue projections need to be more conservative. Fresh questions about the ridership and revenue projections that underpin the state's $43-billion bullet train project have been raised in a new internal report by the agency charged with building the system. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-high-speed-ridership-20110729,0,7913807,print.story GREEN ENERGY Nobel Prize Winner Pursues Clean-Tech Leadership With Thinning. There's something about Energy Secretary Steven Chu's laugh, something that may hint at what -- he hopes -- a scientist can achieve in the age of deficits. It is a kind of self-effacing chuckle that doesn't condescend, though his credentials would back that. Nor is it wistful, even though the new Congress has assaulted his energy agenda and the climate science behind it. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/07/29/29climatewire-nobel-prize-winner-pursues-clean-tech-leader-17208.html?pagewanted=print MOJAVE DESERT: Proposed Wind Farm Triggers Opposition. Residents near Joshua Tree National Park celebrated last year's demise of a controversial electrical transmission project that they said would have marred the scenic vistas and sensitive plant and animal species of their desert outpost. Now homeowners in the Mojave Desert community of Pipes Canyon, northwest of Yucca Valley, are gearing up for a showdown, this time over a proposed wind farm on top of ancient volcanic mesas. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_buttes29.3a4e9f0.html MISCELLANEOUS ENERGY: Regulators Approve Privacy Protections For Smart Meter Data. The California Public Utilities Commission approved rules Tuesday forbidding investor-owned utilities like San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison from giving out customer data from smart meters without customer consent. Utilities have been replacing old-school rotary electric meters with computerized devices since 2008. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_4bca5b81-473d-5f09-8182-37538d2dd5dd.html Huntsman: 'Conservation Is Conservative.' Touting a record that could complicate his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman challenged his party Thursday to protect the environment and acknowledge climate change as a real threat. Huntsman, who is trailing in the polls but is working to build a campaign that could deny front-runner Mitt Romney the nod, criticized those who question the science behind climate change and loathe government's role in fighting it. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18571134?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18571134?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com OPINONS California Should Advance Solar Power. Gov. Jerry Brown has a well-earned reputation for promoting environmentalism. It was under his administration in the 1970s that California took the lead in reducing auto emissions and greatly improved energy efficiency. That is a major reason why Californians today use substantially less energy per capita than the national average. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/opinion/ci_18568715 Inquirer Editorial: Gas-Guzzlers Targeted. President Obama on Friday was expected to announce the first significant boost in fuel-economy standards in 30 years. That will be good news for consumers, the nation's air quality, and for a rebounding auto industry that stands as a symbol of hope to out-of-work Americans. By 2025, most motorists can expect to get nearly twice as many miles out of a gallon of gas than today's average, under standards the Obama administration has negotiated with major automakers. Posted. http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/126370713.html Important Lessons To Learn From The CAFE Standard Compromise. Today President Obama will announce a third historic agreement to bring us cleaner cars and trucks, dramatically cutting carbon pollution and raising fuel economy for new cars, SUVs, minivans, and pick-ups built between 2017 and 2025. The latest Clean Car Peace Treaty builds on a 2009 agreement for 2012-16 vehicles, and a 2010 pact to clean up heavy-duty trucks and buses. Posted. http://theenergycollective.com/daviddoniger/62079/what-latest-clean-car-peace-treaty-shows-about-governing-todays-america BLOGS High Test: 54.5 MPG Cars Promise to Arrive by 2025. U.S. fuel economy standards would double by 2025 under a deal the White House announced this week with auto makers and environmentalists. If upheld, the plan would lead to the biggest gains in fuel economy since government began setting mileage regulations in the 1970s and could lead to substantial changes to the cars and trucks most Americans drive. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/07/29/high-test-54-5-mpg-cars-promise-to-arrive-by-2025/ Will The New Fuel Economy Rules Actually Work? This morning, Barack Obama is scheduled to unveil one of the biggest policy accomplishments of his term—though it certainly won’t seem that way. After the president gives his televised remarks on the debt ceiling crisis, the White House is expected to announce—at a much sleepier Washington Convention Center venue—that it has finally struck a deal with the auto industry on extending new fuel-economy standards out to 2025. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/will-the-new-fuel-economy-rules-actually-work/2011/07/28/gIQArYkBhI_blog.html Are CAFE regs the ultimate expression of bureaucratic elitism? President Obama will announce dramatically higher Corporate Average Fuel Economic (CAFE) standards for cars and trucks today. The new fleet average requirement is expected to be 54.5 mpg, which will require massive downsizing of automakers' products and huge price increases, all for barely measurable gains in clean air. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/07/are-cafe-regs-ultimate-expression-bureaucratic-elitist-thinking Washington's Bad Week Ends With A Bright Spot: Higher MPG. With President Obama announcing new fuel efficiency standards for the auto industry Friday, you could be forgiven for thinking that as we drive off the economic cliff, at least we're getting good gas mileage. But it occurs to me that today's fuel economy announcement is just about the only thing happening in Washington this week (that we know of) that will make a positive difference for the country's future. Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/07/29/138817737/washingtons-bad-week-ends-with-one-bright-spot-higher-mpg US Driving Fuel Efficiency Standards Higher. Cars and trucks sold in the United States will be required to use half as much fuel as they do now under a new agreement being rolled out by the White House. President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest automakers announced new, higher fuel efficiency standards Friday. The agreement calls for the average vehicle to get 23.2 kilometers per liter by 2025, twice as much as the current requirements. Posted. http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/07/29/us-driving-fuel-efficiency-standards-higher/ What the Latest Clean Car Peace Treaty Shows About Governing Today's America. Today President Obama will announce a third historic agreement to bring us cleaner cars and trucks, dramatically cutting carbon pollution and raising fuel economy for new cars, SUVs, minivans, and pick-ups built between 2017 and 2025. The latest Clean Car Peace Treaty builds on a 2009 agreement for 2012-16 vehicles, and a 2010 pact to clean up heavy-duty trucks and buses. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ddoniger/what_the_latest_clean_car_peac.html Pedaling Your Way to Environmental Nirvana. Another lunchtime spin class had recently been added by popular demand. But since it was new on the schedule, the session at the New York Sports Club at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan wasn’t crowded when I arrived on a recent Wednesday. Just over a year ago, the club fitted a full line of Star Trac Spinner NXT cycles at this Chelsea location with generators designed to convert human energy into electricity. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/pedaling-your-way-to-environmental-nirvana/?ref=earth California Acts To Limit Pollutant Targeted By Erin Brockovich. The California Environmental Protection Agency has issued the nation’s first public health goal for hexavalent chromium, the cancer-causing heavy metal made infamous after activist Erin Brockovich sued in 1993 to prove it had contaminated groundwater in the Southern California town of Hinkley.At that time, the average hexavalent chromium levels in Hinkley's water was 1.19 parts per billion (ppb). Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/07/new-state-goal-set-for-hex-chrome-aka-the-erin-brokovich-chemical.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Who Cares About The Climate? Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us Now. Half of all toxic air pollution in the United States comes from electricity generation. (Compare that to just 15 percent from toxic chemicals.) Electricity also accounts for 75 percent of all air-borne emissions of mercury, one of the most damaging chemicals to humans there is. By some estimates, the Clean Air Act — which reins in fossil fuel pollution, but doesn't eliminate it — saves $1.9 trillion a year in health care costs. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=94162 Climate Change & the Future – When You Know Trouble is Coming. Most of us greet news of a looming threat with skepticism. “Show me” is the usual reaction. We are like the mayor of the fictitious Amity Island in Jaws, who refuses to shut down the town’s beaches because officially acknowledging shark attacks would hurt tourism. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/climate-change-future-when-trouble-coming/ Chevrolet Dealerships Get Charged Up With Green Zones. Select Chevrolet dealership across the nation will harness the power of the sun to charge Chevy Volts and supplement the site's grid electricity. Called the Green Zone, this initiative aims to provide Chevrolet dealers with "added flexibility when it comes to charging their vehicles, while also reinforcing GM's commitment to renewable energy projects," says Chris Perry, vice-president of global Chevrolet marketing and strategy. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/29/chevrolet-dealerships-get-charged-up-with-green-zones/ Ford: Odds Of Encountering Issue With Our Hybrid Battery Cells Are 8.5 Million To 1. With Ford nearly ready to launch a handful of electrified vehicles in the U.S., the automaker is looking to build street credibility for its existing hybrid models. That's why, at a recent media event, Ford compared the performance durability of its hybrid vehicles to segment leader Toyota. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/29/ford-odds-of-encountering-issue-with-our-hybrid-battery-cells-a/