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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 23, 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 Air board asks drivers to cut trips to avoid fine. San Joaquin County officials are turning to local residents to try to save the region from again being fined for ozone pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has asked drivers to reduce trips and avoid idling engines, as weather patterns create the possibility of another air violation this week. Last year, the region became the nation's first air basin to be fined for failing to meet the federal deadline for reducing ozone pollution. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18738596?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18738596?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/23/2508488/air-board-asks-drivers-to-cut.html#storylink=misearch S.J. Valley calls first ever Air Alert. San Joaquin Valley air-quality cops have called their first Air Alert this week, hoping to avoid spikes in ozone pollution and costly federal penalties. The Air Alert begins today and ends Sunday. Motorists are asked to not idle their cars and to carpool to work or school, among other actions. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110823/A_NEWS/110829985&cid=sitesearch http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/22/2507765/valley-faces-bad-air-alert-this.html#storylink=misearch http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2011/08/22/2013293/sjv-air-district-calls-air-alert.html CLIMATE CHANGE Climate-change researcher cleared of misconduct by National Science Foundation. An investigation by the National Science Foundation has found no evidence of wrongdoing or misconduct by Penn State climate-change researcher Michael Mann. Mann, Penn State professor of meteorology, was the target of accusations from climate-change skeptics after thousands of e-mails exchanged between climate-change researchers were hacked from the University of East Anglia and made public. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/23/2508662/climate-change-researcher-cleared.html#storylink=misearch Ford, Toyota bank on hybrid alliance to boost pickup fuel economy. Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., by partnering to build a hybrid system for light trucks, hope to cross one of the auto industry’s biggest hurdles – significantly boosting the fuel economy of large pickups and SUVs. The two automakers plan to jointly develop hybrid technology for light trucks as U.S. regulators finalize plans to toughen fuel economy requirements for pickups later this decade. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110822/OEM05/110829992/1186 Analysts forecast lower prices for Calif. cap and trade. California will see about 10 percent lower prices in its first-in-the-nation economywide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases due to the economic downturn and several regulatory developments, market analysts said yesterday. Average prices should be about $36 per ton for the entire lifetime of the market, down from the $40 per ton predicted six months ago by carbon market analysis firm Point Carbon. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/23/4 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Hydrogen cars fill up at sewage plant. Fountain Valley, Calif. -- A Southern California sewage treatment plant has been turned into a filling station for hydrogen-powered cars, officials said. An experimental fuel cell at the Orange County Sanitation District facility in Fountain Valley produces both hydrogen and electricity from waste gas, The Orange County Register reported Monday. Jeffrey P. Brown, a senior engineer at the Sanitation District, said the waste plants' fuel cell project was unique. Posted. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/08/22/Hydrogen-cars-fill-up-at-sewage-plant/UPI-78291314059192/ GREEN ENERGY LED lights outshine the economics of solar-powered bulbs – report. Homeowners looking to save electricity costs should replace all their incandescent light bulbs with LED-based lights instead of installing a small solar photovoltaic system, a report by J.P. Morgan shows. Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, will become mainstream over the next 12 months as improving technology and performance and higher subsidies lead to a rapid drop in costs, according to the report. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/08/23/3 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS A way with worms. Two Antelope mothers deal with some slimy characters – the kind that prefer staying underground, like to do dirty work and can wriggle out of tight spots. But the two neighbors, entrepreneurs who launched a worm supply business from their homes, praise these creatures for turning waste into rich soil. Kate Waldo sums up the glamour and allure of their worm-breeding operation: "It's becoming less weird." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/21/v-print/3849444/a-way-with-wormsthis-is-going.html OPINIONS Opinion: California can lead American to energy freedom. America suffers from a substance abuse problem. Maintaining our national industries and our jobs requires us to consume millions of tons of fossil fuels each and every day. Unfortunately, our addiction to fossil fuels comes with a high price, perhaps even higher than what we pay at the pump or for our monthly utility bills. Consuming these chemicals also comes with what economists call externality costs -- invisible, indirect expenses widely shared by human society. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18735465?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Op-Ed: AES Aims for Greener Future. AES' new power plant will be smaller and more efficient, Project Development Director Jennifer Didlo says. AES Southland is excited about the prospect of modernizing our power plants, including our Redondo Beach facility, which will result in smaller, cleaner, more efficient and more attractive facilities. We're also eager to answer questions that have been asked about our plans. Posted. http://redondobeach.patch.com/articles/op-ed-aes-aims-for-greener-future Power export plan isn’t dead yet. Victoria – He would never quite admit it, but former premier Gordon Campbell’s push for self-sufficiency in clean electricity has always looked to me like a long-term strategy to export hydroelectric power. It still looks that way. B.C.’s spring and summer runoff match perfectly with peak air-conditioner season in California. But the recent review of BC Hydro operations discusses how the prospects for exports have changed since Campbell’s 2007 energy plan. Posted. http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_thompson_nicola/clearwatertimes/opinion/128251613.html BLOGS Huntsman, Romney believe in global warming, but not action. Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has been in the headlines lately for his outspoken belief in manmade global warming. All of a sudden, for at least one candidate, vocal environmentalism appears to be a strategic maneuver aimed at distinguishing himself from his rival Republicans. Huntsman isn’t alone among 2012 contenders or other prominent Republicans in affirming man’s involvement in climate change. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/huntsman-romney-believe-in-climate-change-but-dont-act/2011/08/22/gIQAhdpuYJ_blog.html Climate of suspicion. A thoughtful reader wrote in to say the problem with the Climate Debate was the way it has become polarized, and that the best way to persuade the unpersuaded is to drop the confrontational tone and present it as a search for common ground. So here goes: We all love the earth, so let’s be careful with it, and not do anything that can’t be undone. The science on warming may not be perfect, but it’s raised very very serious warnings. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tom-toles/post/climate-of-suspicion/2011/08/23/gIQAB3o0YJ_blog.html Ford-Toyota Partnership: Hybrid Market Leaders Double Up. Ford and Toyota, companies that both have had success developing and marketing vehicles with full hybrid powertrains, jointly announced on Monday that they would work together to create new hybrid systems for light trucks and sport utility vehicles. The brands expect to have products in the marketplace before the end of the decade, they said. In addition to hybrid technology, the automakers plan to collaborate on the development of standards for in-car telematics and Internet-based services. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/ford-toyota-partnership-hybrid-market-leaders-double-up/?scp=9&sq=vehicles&st=cse One billion vehicles hit the road. Are we ready for two billion? Last year, for the first time in history, a billion cars and trucks hit the road. Sadly, we’ll never know who registered the world’s one-billionth vehicle, but, according to the industry trade journal Ward’s, which reported the numbers, it’s increasingly likely that the lucky prize-winner could have hailed from China, India, or Brazil: The market explosion in China played a major role in overall vehicle population growth in 2010, with registrations jumping 27.5%. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/one-billion-vehicles-hit-the-road-are-we-ready-for-two-billion/2011/08/22/gIQA1am4WJ_blog.html Analysts Cut Carbon Price Forecast for California. Carbon may come cheaper than first predicted when California’s cap-and-trade program finally gets rolling. Analysts at Thomson Reuters have dropped their projections of what polluters would pay for emissions permits from $40 to $36 per metric ton of CO2-equivalent gases. Emilie Mazzacurati, who heads the firm’s North America Carbon Team, says pushing back the compliance date to 2013 and fears of a double-dip recession are behind the 10% trimming from its prior forecast. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/08/22/analysts-cut-carbon-price-forecast-for-california/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Not Free to Choose: The Reality behind Clean Energy Standards. The new stealth approach to energy policy being pushed under the guise of a Clean Energy Standard is frankly dishonest. Climate activists failed to achieve comprehensive greenhouse gas controls in the United States in the form of a cap-and-trade program. And while they pursue incremental greenhouse gas regulation at both the federal and state level, they have not given up on their Holy Grail of a comprehensive national regime to control greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.american.com/archive/2011/august/not-free-to-choose-the-reality-behind-clean-energy-standards Study Warns of Boomerang Effects in Climate Change Campaigns. Climate change campaigns in the United States that focus on the risks to people in foreign countries or even other regions of the U.S. are likely to inadvertently increase polarization among Americans rather than build consensus and support for policy action. In contrast, locally focused campaigns that highlight the risks to fellow residents of a state or a city are less likely to activate strong partisan differences. Those are the conclusions of a forthcoming study published online this week at Communication Research. Posted. http://bigthink.com/ideas/39811