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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 16, 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 Mining officials, Pechanga members argue over quarry. Attorney for Granite Construction says the Native Americans failed to notify firm of mountain peak's sacred status. A Pechanga representative disputes charges that religious claims are not authentic. A contentious hearing on Monday over a massive rock quarry proposed near Temecula drew hundreds of people and sparked a heated exchange between mining officials and representative of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-quarry-20110816,0,4758895,print.story EPA Resists Calls to Strengthen CO Standard. The EPA has declined to change the national air quality standards for carbon monoxide, but will require more focused monitoring in densely populated areas. The agency yesterday said its review of the science showed that air quality standards set in 1971, at nine parts per million over eight hours and 35 ppm measured over one hour, protect public health and the environment. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/08/16/epa-resists-calls-to-strengthen-co-standard/ CLIMATE CHANGE U.S. cities try to adapt climate change. Adapt to climate change? While some members of Congress debate its scientific validity, U.S. cities are going beyond efforts to mitigate climate change with lower greenhouse gas emissions. They're at the forefront of an emerging trend: adaptation. "It's a new field," says Brian Holland, director of climate programs at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA. His association launched a Climate Resilient Communities program last year to help cities study effects of climate change and finance ways to adapt. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/08/us-cities-adapt-climate-change/1 More than 2,000 protesters rally outside Australian Parliament House against carbon tax plans. More than 2,000 protesters gathered outside Australia’s Parliament House on Tuesday to demonstrate against government plans for an unpopular anti-pollution tax that many Australians believe will raise the cost of living. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to pass the legislation, which will tax the country’s biggest carbon gas emitting businesses, with the support of independent lawmakers and the environmentally focused Greens party. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/more-than-2000-protesters-rally-outside-australian-parliament-house-against-carbon-tax-plans/2011/08/16/gIQAHyVMIJ_story.html Rick Perry thinks Texas climate scientists are in a ‘secular carbon cult’. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has watched firsthand the ravages of a warming climate, first as his state's agriculture commissioner (killer droughts and record heat in 1996 and 1998) then as governor (droughts in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, with Texas' hottest July in history). Perry declared the 1996 drought "the worst natural disaster in Texas in the 20th century." Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-skeptics/2011-08-15-rick-perry-thinks-texas-climate-scientists-secular-carbon-carbon Calif. stakeholders press CARB on emissions cap-and-trade design. Washington -California stakeholders have urged the state's air-quality regulator to adopt changes to the design of its cap-and-trade program, which is aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions, in order to reduce compliance costs, comments filed last week show. Comments were due by Thursday on the proposed regulations published in July. Posted. http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/6377910 U.S.-based emissions tracking system spreads to Europe. A commercial network for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions is expanding into Europe. Earth Networks is working with the E.U.-funded Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) to add 25 new European locations to its planned global greenhouse gas tracking network. Scientists from the ICOS project will help Earth Networks site its European monitoring points and advise the company on data standards and instrument calibration. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/16/4 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Terminal operators at ports of L.A. and Long Beach agree to cut diesel emissions. Seven terminal operators at the ports will undertake cleanup projects under a settlement reached with California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris. Terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that were alleged to be in violation of diesel emission standards will be undertaking cleanup projects estimated to cost $1 million apiece under a settlement reached with California's attorney general. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-diesel-settlement-20110816,0,6646925,print.story http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/15/3840087/ports-of-la-long-beach-settle.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/15/1817387/ports-of-la-long-beach-settle.html http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18687742 http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_18686015 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18687742 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/aug/15/ports-of-la-long-beach-settle-pollution-lawsuit/ http://www.inlandnewstoday.com/story.php?s=20411 Newworld Capital Group Acquires Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, LLC. New York -- NewWorld Capital Group today announced that it has acquired Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides abatement products for on-road and off-road heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles. Joining New World in this investment are Ingleside Investors, North Sky Capital, and Spring Mountain Capital. Posted. http://www.abc12.com/story/15267792/newworld-capital-group-acquires-cleaire-advanced-emission-controls-llc http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/15/prweb8717683.DTL http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=74421&news_category_id=36 FUELS Falling diesel prices more a short-term blip. Though diesel fuel prices in the U.S. took a welcome nosedive over the past two weeks, dropping an average of over 10 cents per gallon between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15 experts not only believe the decline will be short-lived, but it will also be muted given the broader economic uncertainty now occurring. “It’s a positive for trucking that diesel fuel prices are now falling, but a lot of the benefit is getting washed out because of all the economic volatility at the moment “ and broad volatility is not good,” Jonathan Starks, director of transportation analysis for research firm FTR Associates, told Fleet Owner. Posted. http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?expire=&title=Falling+diesel+prices+more+a+short-term+blip&urlID=458548967&action=cpt&partnerID=97626&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffleetowner.com%2Fmanagement%2Fnews%2Ffalling-diesel-prices-longterm-0816%2F VEHICLES More electric vehicle charging stations showing up in Southern Arizona. Sahuarita is joining the electric car revolution. Saturday, community leaders celebrated the availability of two new charging stations. "This unit right here is the inverter," said Jason Trible. Trible was showing off his Nissan Leaf at the event. His Leaf will be more convenient to drive now that there are two charging stations near his home. Posted. http://www.fox11az.com/news/local/More-electric-vehicle-charging-stations-showing-up-in-Southern-Arizona-127791823.html Charge your EV as easily as your toothbrush. Charging an electric vehicle (EV) is considering different options: overnight at home with low-power source, at fast-charging stations in the public space, but also, less predictable, just by parking on a special spot, equipped with wireless charging. cars21.com summarises the assets and drawbacks of wireless charging, how likely it could happen and for which use. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/63920110816.php Drivers rewarded for driving electric cars. Parts of the Wasatch Front have spent several days under a red air-quality alert. More than half of the air pollution comes from vehicle emissions. To reduce emissions, people can drive less or take public transportation. A third option is to drive an electric car, which emits no pollution. To encourage more people to do option No. 3, Salt Lake City has installed six charging stations throughout the city. Posted. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700171147/Drivers-rewarded-for-driving-electric-cars.html Los Angeles County's Politicians Sound Off On Transportation. We contacted Los Angeles County’s congressional delegation to see where each member stood on transportation issues. Here are some of their comments. 1. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other transportation advocates want to build 30 years’ worth of projects in 10 years. What is your position on America Moving Forward? Sen. Barbara Boxer, Democrat: This initiative will improve the local economy by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, reduce carbon pollution emissions, and ease traffic congestion. Posted. http://www.neontommy.com/news/2011/08/los-angeles-countys-politicians-sound-transportation FuelCell to show off hydrogen fuel process. Danbury's FuelCell Energy Inc. is preparing to show off Tuesday in California the capability of its alternative power plant to co-generate renewable hydrogen to run automobiles. With state and federal energy and air-quality authorities looking on, FuelCell is scheduled to demonstrate its hydrogen fueling station installed at the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, Calif. Posted. http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news19993.html GREEN ENERGY Dominion study: Projects generate billions for Va. Dominion Virginia Power generation and conversion projects will produce more than $3.3 billion in economic benefits by 2015, a study released Monday by the utility concludes. The nine projects, some of which date to 2007, will support more than 14,200 construction jobs through 2015, according to Chmura Economics & Analytics, the Richmond Company that conducted the study. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/aug/15/dominion-study-projects-generate-billions-for-va/ OPINIONS EDITORIAL: Into the ozone with the O Force. Whether it's ozone or carbon dioxide, the cost of overregulating the air around us is more than the nation can afford. Even the Obama administration may be taking a breather, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday held off on issuing proposed new ozone standards. The agency claims more regulations are necessary because the conveniences of modern industrial society are making the planet toasty, but the pause has raised alarm in radical environmental circles. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/15/into-the-ozone-with-the-o-force/print/ The Clear Case for the Gas Tax. Unless Congress extends it, the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal gas tax will expire on Sept. 30. Allowing that to happen would be tremendously destructive. It would bankrupt the already stressed Highway Trust Fund, with devastating effects on the country’s highways, bridges, mass transit systems and the economy as a whole. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/opinion/the-clear-case-for-the-gas-tax.html?scp=10&sq=fuels&st=cse Another Global Warming Oops Moment. One of the hilarious aspects of global warming’s “settled science” is how unsettled it actually is. To the point that one day such and such is bad for us and the next day it’s good for us, or vice versa. Here’s the latest Global Warming Oops Moment: “Until now, tropical forests were considered to be among the planet’s strongest allies in the battle against global warming. Posted. http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/08/15/another-global-warming-oops-moment-7/48095/ BLOGS In Chrysler Deal, Cellulosic Ethanol Firm Gets a Prominent Partner. Chrysler entered into a memorandum of understanding with the cellulosic ethanol producer ZeaChem, it was announced Monday. But though the automaker builds so-called flex fuel vehicles that run on an E85 ethanol formulation, it is unclear exactly what might come of the new partnership. Vince Muniga, a spokesman for Chrysler powertrain operations, said in a telephone interview that Chrysler “is looking at a lot of alternative fuels, …Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/in-chrysler-deal-cellulosic-ethanol-firm-gets-a-high-profile-partner/?scp=7&sq=fuels&st=cse QUARRY: Debate over sacred site continues at hearing. A proposed Temecula-area quarry will not harm sites deemed sacred by a local American Indian tribe, an expert and lawyer speaking on behalf of the quarry's developer said this morning. Also, Liberty Quarry lies outside the property where the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians believe the world began, according to Mark Harrison, an attorney for Granite Construction. "From the tribe's own maps, this is not a place of creation," he said. Posted. http://blogs.pe.com/news/digest/2011/08/quarry-debate-over-sacred-site.html Industry Pleads That EPA Has "Discretion" to Violate Clean Air Act. Industry lobbyists have stooped to a new low in their furious campaign opposing stronger protections against smog pollution. They now have resorted to arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency has “discretion” to maintain Bush administration smog standards that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has acknowledged forthrightly are “not legally defensible.” Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jwalke/industry_lobbies_president_to.html Report: General Motors electrified vehicle lineup set to expand with a123 deal. General Motors' recently inked deal with A123 Systems has led to speculative reports popping up across the media. For example, The Detroit Bureau reports that "well-placed sources" confirm the automaker's intentions to "put at least one battery-electric vehicle into production by 2014." GM's tie up with A123 Systems opens the door; it seems, for a range of future electrified vehicles. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/15/general-motors-electrified-vehicle-lineup-set-to-expand-with-a12/ Brazil to Study Sugarcane for Jetfuel Production. Brazil, Embraer and the Inter-American Development Bank have announced that they will jointly fund a sustainability analysis for producing renewable jet fuel using Brazilian sugarcane as a feedstock. Brazil is already the world's leading producer of ethanol derived from sugarcane. In an extraordinary partnering, the World Wildlife Fund will serve as an independent reviewer and advisor for the study, Boeing announced on its website. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/brazil-study-sugarcane-jetfuel-production/ USDA, DOE and US Navy to invest up to $510M over next 3 years to build out drop-in biofuel production capacity for military and commercial transportation. US President Barack Obama announced that the US Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will jointly invest up to $510 million ($170 million each) during the next three years in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/08/navy-20110816.html