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newsclips -- News Clips for August 2, 2011

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 15:06:07
California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 2, 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.


Obama’s Record On The Environment.  Al Gore recently criticized
Barack Obama — among many others — for the federal government’s
record on climate change. In the pages of Rolling Stone, Gore
commends some of Obama’s early moves, such as making the case
that environmental security is inseparable from national
security, but he concludes that the president has “failed to use
the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate
change.”  Posted. 


GM Sales Rise 8% On Crossover, Small Car Demand. General Motors
posted an 8 percent rise in July sales, helped by demand for
crossovers as well as small, fuel-efficient vehicles. GM said
today its passenger car sales rose 8 percent last month, and
crossover demand jumped 20 percent. Combined retail sales of the
GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox crossovers rose 73 percent.
Chevrolet sold more than 24,000 Cruze models last month – the
fourth consecutive month that sales of the compact have topped
20,000 units. Posted. 

Clean Vehicle Buying Gets $40 Million Bump. Californians in the
market for zero-emissions or electric vehicles are eligible for
rebates of up to $2,500 toward their purchase, thanks to S40
million in funding recently approved by the California
Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board. The
funding, announced last month, is estimated to put thousands of
ultra-clean vehicles on the road, according to the Air Resources
Board. The money will be divided three ways: Posted.


Adding Biomass To Coal Much Less Expensive Than Carbon Capture –
Study. Faced with increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions,
coal-burning power plants may be better off adding biomass to the
energy mix rather than waiting for expensive carbon capture and
storage technology, a study suggests. Shrinking greenhouse gas
emissions with biomass from forestry waste, logging residues or
commercially produced wood pellets costs a fraction of what
carbon capture and storage technology abatement would, states a
report from the RAND Corp. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/02/5 BY PAID


Solar Firm Buys Offices In Walnut Creek, Hopes To Create Green
Campus.  A company that makes systems to mount solar panels on
rooftops has bought two buildings in Walnut Creek that it hopes
to transform into a green energy complex, the firm said Monday. 
As part of the deal, Quick Mount PV will move from its current
home in Concord to the Shadelands Business Park, where it
purchased the two buildings, which total 134,000 square feet, for
$7.5 millionPosted.  http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18595930


Adding a Volt of Energy to the Patrol. The newest addition to the
New York Police Department’s fleet of patrol vehicles is not
built for high-speed chases, but for the stop and go of city
traffic. On Monday the Police Department deployed 10 Chevrolet
Volts – a mostly electric vehicle — as part of a pilot program. A
spokeswoman for the Police Department, Barbara Chen, said that
the department intended to add a total of 25 electric cars to the
department’s fleet in the future. Posted. 

Why Climate Scientists Are So Perturbed. Climate scientists have
long called for steps to limit the buildup of greenhouse gases in
the atmosphere, and they are growing more and more worried about
the slow pace of action. Yet their sense of urgency has not
permeated society at large, and it certainly does not seem to be
influencing the course of events in Washington, where climate
legislation stalled last year. Posted. 

Ricardo And Qinetiq To Evaluate Novel Diesel Fuel Reforming
System Using Microwaves And Waste Heat.  Ricardo will lead a
feasibility study project—HeatWave—in which it will work with
QinetiQ to evaluate a novel diesel fuel reformation concept that
uses microwaves and waste heat from a heavy vehicle’s exhaust to
reform the incoming fuel, increasing its calorific value and
hence reducing net carbon dioxide emissionsPosted. 
Where Are The Jobs? Increasingly, They’re In Sustainability.
Unemployment is still hovering around 9%, an unencouraging
picture for politicians looking to get reelected in 2012. For
President Obama, the good news is in the green movement.
Sustainability related job postings continue to surge forward,
even as the rest of the economy stagnates. Even the Wall Street
Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News right wing media
empire, has jumped on the green job bandwagon, saying “positions
tied to sustainability and renewable energy” represented a
potential “bright spot.” Posted. 

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Race Under Way. US Pharmacy chain
Walgreens has announced  plans to offer electric vehicle charging
stations at about 800 locations across the country by the end of
the year. This will take it to the status of  the nation’s
largest charging station retail host. Major markets expected to
host these sites include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York
City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Select locations in
Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington state will
also receive charging stations, Walgreens says. Posted. 

$210 Billion Invested in Renewables Last Year- China in the Lead-
Bloomberg New Energy Report. Last year, investors pumped a record
$211 billion into renewables -- about one-third more than the
$160 billion invested in 2009, and a 540% rise since 2004. And
for the first time, developing economies overtook developed ones
in terms of "financial new investment"-spending on utility-scale
renewable energy projects and provision of equity capital for
renewable energy companies. Posted. 

Study: Electric Vehicles Are Way Too Dirty In China. Operating an
electric vehicle in China today emits more greenhouse gases than
simply driving a gasoline-fueled equivalent, according to
emissions expert Juerg Gruetter of Gruetter Consulting. The
reason is that, despite the country's push to promote electric
vehicles, China's power grid is so overwhelmingly fed by dirty
coal that recharging the battery-powered rides will release far
more emissions than just putting gasoline in the tanks of the
nation's 200-plus million registered vehicles. Posted.

Behind I: BMW's Vision For The Future Of Mobility. It's not
everyday that an automaker launches a new marque, let alone a
disruptive vision of the future. But BMW did just that last week
in Frankfurt with the unveiling of its new i sub-brand. However,
the story behind BMW i isn't limited to the i3 city car and i8
plug-in hybrid concepts. Posted.

GOP Investigating Obama’s New Fuel Economy Rules. Just four days
ago, we were celebrating the news that President Obama reached a
landmark agreement with 13 automakers to pursue a 54.5 MPG
average fleet goal by the vehicle model year 2025. The agreement
was a huge step forward for Obama’s environmental campaign, and
shows that automakers and our government are on the same page
when it comes to fuel efficiency. Posted.

Researchers Make Breakthrough in Wireless In-Road EV Charging.
Utah State University researchers have made a breakthrough in the
quest to make in-road electric vehicle chargers practical for the
real world, managing to wirelessly transmit 5 kilowatts of
electricity across a 10-inch gap with 90% efficiency. Posted.

Protean In-Wheel Motors Could Up Hybrid Efficiency By 300
Percent. Many electric concept cars feature in-wheel electric
motors to move them down the road, but only recently have they
truly proven themselves as the greenest way to move future hybrid
vehicles. A Vauxhall Vivaro diesel hybrid equipped with Protean’s
electric in-wheel motors recently showed a 300 percent fuel
economy improvement in hybrid mode, showing that there really is
something to these bad boys. Posted.

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