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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 17, 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 Wider Bad-Air Alert System Beginning In Valley. A blitz of bad-air alerts will fill Twitter, Facebook and maybe even flashing freeway signs on a half-dozen summer days when ozone peaks dangerously in the San Joaquin Valley. The local air board Thursday is expected to approve the alerts, which amount to a plea for you to drive less and shave those ozone peaks. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/16/1818985/wider-bad-air-alert-system-beginning.html (paid subscription) http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/16/2501873/new-alert-methods-of-bad-air-quality.html#storylink=misearch Dutton disputes implementation of his 2010 pollution law. Sacramento - After years of butting heads, state Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton and officials at the California Air Resources Board finally seemed to be on the same page last summer when it came to Senate Bill 1402. The measure, authored by Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, was meant to improve communication between the air board and the businesses it regulates. It passed the Legislature unanimously. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_D_airboard17.3f92416.html Valley Locales Striving For Pollution Reduction. An old, gas-powered lawnmower causes as much air pollution as 40 modern vehicles - because it has no emission controls. That was one of the revelations an official of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District made on Aug. 8 to the Riverbank City Council. The Valley's main pollution problem is geography, said John Cadrett. It lies in a basin surrounded by mountains and in summer is "like a bowl with the lid pressed down tight," giving no escape for the heat and pollution. Posted. http://www.theriverbanknews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=37036 EPA's planned phaseout of harmful refrigerant hits snag. Eighteen months after the Obama administration came out with new rules to stop refrigerants in air conditioners from thinning the Earth's protective ozone layer, an unexpected quirk has divided the industry and could have implications for the atmosphere. Much of the equipment being installed in American homes is still getting its cooling power from an ozone-depleting gas that was supposed to be phased out, says a group of disgruntled appliance makers, including the makers of Carrier and Trane air conditioners. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/08/17/2 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Perry and Romney split on global warming. A sharp divide has emerged between two leading Republican presidential candidates on the issue of climate change. While apparent front-runner Mitt Romney believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday called that “a scientific theory that has not been proven.” Taking questions at the storied Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford, N.H., Perry was asked about a passage in his book, “Fed Up!,” in which he expresses skepticism of the science behind global warming. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/perry-and-romney-split-on-climate-change/2011/08/17/gIQAgawNLJ_story.html Perry says he doesn't believe in global warming. Bedford, N.H. -- GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters Wednesday that he does not believe in manmade global warming, calling it a scientific theory that has not been proven. "I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change," the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/17/3843843/perry-says-he-doesnt-believe-in.html Council OKs Climate Action Plan that regulates future energy uses. Plan expected to meet tougher state-required greenhouse-gas emissions rules. The City Council approved a broad-based Climate Action Plan (CAP) last night that could make Pleasanton "one of the greenest cities in California" in the coming years. Nearly three years in the planning stage, the new plan is aimed at creating a structure of regulations and goals on environmental issues to conform to a new state law, called AB 32, which requires that cities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Posted. http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/show_story.php?id=7558 U.S. cities are leading the way in climate change adaptation. Cities across the United States are taking action to go beyond mitigating the effects of climate change. With Americans already struggling with extreme weather events such as heat waves and flooding, cities are at the forefront of a new trend: adaptation. “We're already seeing consequences of climate change," said Brian Holland, director of climate programs at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, "and those will only intensify." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/17/11 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS US Government to invest $510M in advanced, drop-in biofuels. US announces historic investment to jump-start “drop-in” biofuels at commercial scale. Jet fuel, diesel in focus — USDA, DOE, USN to share tab, and leverage private investment. The US seeks to definitively break its addiction on imported oil. In Washington, President Obama today announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy …Posted. http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/08/16/usda-doe-usn-to-invest-510m-in-advanced-drop-in-biofuels/ VEHICLES Electric cars get a charge out of Portland street. Electric car drivers will get a charge out of a block-long stretch of a downtown Portland street that's been dubbed "Electric Avenue," and it may also help the automotive industry and others make important decisions as the use of electric cars evolves. Seven electric charging stations from six different manufacturers have been installed at Portland State University as part of a two-year study that will examine which chargers get the most use, who's plugging in, and what they do while their car drinks up a charge. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ELECTRIC_AVENUE?SITE=WIMAR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/16/electric-cars-get-a-charge-out-of-portland-street// http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/portland-unveils-electric-avenue-a-block-long-bank-of-electric-car-charging-stations/2011/08/16/gIQAWbhqJJ_story.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18693505 A fuel-cell system first: hydrogen, electricity and heat energy. California has seen the commissioning of the world’s first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station, which will provide transportation fuel to the public and electric power to the Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant in Fountain Valley. The fuel cell is called a tri-generation system because it produces hydrogen, electricity and heat. Posted. http://www.greenbang.com/a-fuel-cell-system-first-hydrogen-electricity-and-heat-energy_19648.html GREEN ENERGY DWP restores solar program for homeowners. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will once Again offer financial incentives for city homeowners to generate solar power starting Sept. 1, officials decided Tuesday. The City Council voted 13-0 to resume the Solar Incentive Plan, which had been halted in April when demand exceeded the program's budget. Now, $60 million will be made available for the program for at least each of the next two years. Posted. http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_18695985?source=rss MISCELLANEOUS Judge Rejects Groups’ Effort to Remove Bike Lane. A judge on Tuesday dismissed an effort by Brooklyn residents to remove a hotly contested bicycle lane installed by the city on Prospect Park West, in one of the most closely watched controversies over a signature policy of the Bloomberg administration. The decision represented a significant victory for the city and its transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, whose campaign to create streets more oriented to pedestrians and bicyclists has divided New Yorkers and prompted a fierce political debate. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/nyregion/effort-to-remove-prospect-park-west-bike-lane-is-rejected.html?_r=1&ref=earth American chemistry council spent $1.65m to lobby. The American Chemistry Council spent $1.65 million in the second quarter to lobby the government on issues ranging from greenhouse gas emissions to anti-terrorism security for chemical facilities, according to a recent disclosure report. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/16/1818380/american-chemistry-council-spent.html (paid subscription only) Transportation commission reaches out to South County: Watsonville Civic Plaza gets two tenants. Watsonville -- Two tenants have moved into a long-vacant office in the Civic Plaza on Main Street. The Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District and the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission celebrated the opening of their shared office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. "People wanted us to be more accessible to this part of the county," said George Dondero, executive director of the Santa Cruz-based transportation commission. The air quality agency, which has stationed inspectors in the city for several years, led the way. Posted. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_18697219 City to further study leaf blower ban. Burlingame officials aren’t ready to ban leaf blowers but want more time to research the issue. On Monday, the City Council met to discuss a possible ban of gas-powered leaf blowers. After about three hours of discussion, the council voted to further explore the issue through a subcommittee of Mayor Terry Nagel and Councilwoman Ann Keighran. The Burlingame Citizen’s Environmental Council recommended the ban to maintain clean air and water while cutting down on air and noise pollution. Posted. http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=165342&title=City%20to%20further%20study%20leaf%20blower%20ban OPINIONS SCHNARE: Campaign advice for ‘all of the abovers’ Wind power can be more expensive and dirty than we think. As most of the Republican presiden- tial hopefuls stake their posi- tions to win the hearts of the party’s base, the Tea Party has made it safe for honest conservatives to stand up and demand more than spin. If we can demand fiscal responsibility, however, we also should demand fiscal honesty. And, if there is a subject where Republicans should be willing to be honest, it is on environmental and energy policy - in particular, climate change. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/16/campaign-advice-for-all-of-the-abovers/ New study doesn't hit the mark for air pollution deaths. Don't be surprised if you see some coverage soon about a new study claiming that fine particulate matter (PM2.5) could be killing thousands of Californians every year. The study will likely be touted as "confirmation" of previous work that first made PM2.5 a health scare in the early 1990s. Don't be further surprised if this new study is then used by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to gin up more regulations that will make it harder to drive a diesel truck or run most businesses in this state. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/columnist/henry/x560461816/New-study-doesnt-hit-the-mark-for-air-pollution-deaths New Auto Fuel Economy Standards Will Regulate Us To Death. Do you happen to like having a car that you feel safe driving under heavy traffic and freeway-speed conditions; that accommodates big-box shopping forays, fledgling soccer teams, golfing gaffers and tuba players; and that affords Texas-sized range capabilities without overnight power recharging delays? Well tough. Get over it! Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2011/08/16/new-auto-fuel-economy-standards-will-regulate-us-to-death/ BLOGS Trout Fishing in a Climate-Changed America. As difficult as it is to predict precisely how the planet will warm over the next century or so, it is even harder to refine predictions of how those changes will affect specific species. That’s because warmer temperatures alone are not the only driver of what happens to, say, four varieties of trout. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/trout-fishing-in-a-climate-changed-america/?ref=earth Light-Bulbs, Responsibility and the Demise of the Common Good. In a move truly reflective of how bizarre American political life has become, there really was a bill sponsored by House Republicans, considered by Congress last week, that would have essentially rolled back the clock on energy saving technology, in the name of “personal freedom”. And it almost passed. The bill, introduced by Joe Barton (R-TX), was intended to overturn a 2007 law (passed under the Bush administration) that would begin phasing out production of energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs in 2012. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/08/light-bulbs-responsibility-demise-common-good/ China's Feed in tariff for Solar Power. China’s government has introduced a unified grid solar power tariff, which analysts believe may produce a quickened pace for introducing solar power to private residences, along with boosting the stock of companies involved in solar development. According to the National Development and Reform Commission, Beijing has set the solar power price charged by power plants to grid operators at 18 US cents per kilowatt-hour …Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/chinas-feed-in-tariff-solar-power/ President of Ferarri Announces They’ll Never Make an Electric Vehicle. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo just announced, quite plainly, to Engadget that he doesn’t believe in electric vehicles and therefore the world shouldn’t hold its breath for a Ferrari EV. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/president-of-ferarri-announces-theyll-never-make-an-electric-vehicle/