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California Air Resources Board News Clips for September 14, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Economists say sea level rise could be costly. Economists say erosion from rising sea levels and storm damage could cost California hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism and tax revenues. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/pQSYKP) says the San Francisco State study released Tuesday shows climate change and rising seas this century will diminish state beach appeal to tourists. The California Department of Boating and Waterways-commissioned study examined sea level projections at five beach communities. One of them was Venice Beach, which could lose up to $440 million in tourism and tax revenue if the Pacific Ocean rises 55 inches by 2100. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/09/14/1859644/economists-say-sea-level-rise.html VEHICLES Cooper, Goodyear, PPG each get $1.5 million in U.S. funds to boost fuel economy. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $1.5 million grants to Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and PPG Industries Inc. to study, evaluate and develop technologies for improving the fuel economy of the nation's vehicle fleet. The grants, the first awarded by the DOE to companies in the tire industry, will fund vastly different projects: Cooper aims to cut the weight of replacement passenger-vehicle tires and improve fuel efficiency by 3 percent.Goodyear will work on technology to keep truck tires properly inflated automatically without external assistance. PPG will study new materials for reduced rolling resistance and better pressure retention. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110913/OEM01/110919939/1186 GREEN ENERGY House probing $528M loan to failed solar company. Leaders of a House subcommittee want to make the Obama administration answer for putting taxpayers on the hook for a half-billion-dollar loan to a now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer. A hearing Wednesday will examine what went wrong with Solyndra Inc., which received a federal loan of nearly $528 million and recently filed for bankruptcy. GOP leaders of the subcommittee describe the loan as a "half-billion bust" that raises red flags about the administration's efforts to generate more jobs in the renewable energy sector. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/sep/14/lawmakers-will-wait-on-testimony-from-solar/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/article_8949e01a-374f-58a0-9cb9-6f404f35cd47.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/09/14/1859407/lawmakers-will-wait-on-testimony.html http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Probe-Solar-Energy-Company/10737424118/ Orange, black and green: Pacific earning recognition for increased environment, sustainability efforts. Turns out, University of the Pacific is cooler than anyone thought. The midtown campus has moved up sharply on the Sierra Club's annual list of colleges and universities tackling climate change and making efforts to become more sustainable. Pacific, ranked 117th a year ago, has moved up to 68th on Sierra magazine's list of "coolest schools" in America. University of Washington was top rated. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110914/A_NEWS/109140326&cid=sitesearch OPINION Would looser environmental regulations help the economy? Republicans in the House of Representatives are waging an all-out war to block federal regulations that protect the environment. They loaded up a pending 2012 spending bill with terms that would eliminate a broad array of environmental protections, everything from stopping new plants and animals from being placed on the endangered species list to ending federal limits on water pollution in Florida. The terms also include a rollback of pollution regulations for mountaintop mining and a red light on federal plans to prevent new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/13/1810002/would-looser-environmental-regulations.html BLOGS Five myths about the Solyndra collapse. There are still plenty of nagging questions about the collapse of Solyndra, the California-based solar-panel maker that went bankrupt last month after getting $535 million worth of loan guarantees from the Obama administration. Such as: Did the Energy Department fail to do due diligence? And did the White House intervene inappropriately in pressing for the loan guarantees? But as Solyndra becomes the newest political chew toy, there’s been no shortage of hyperbole about the affair — especially over what it means for energy policy more broadly. On Tuesday, for example, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), who chairs the oversight subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that Solyndra’s downfall proves “that green energy isn’t going to be the solution.” That’s quite a leap. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/five-myths-about-the-solyndra-collapse/2011/09/14/gIQAfkyvRK_blog.html Replacing Coal With Gas Is No Panacea, Study Says. Although power plants fired by natural gas emit about half the carbon dioxide that conventional coal plants do, shifting from coal to natural gas to generate electricity will do little to slow climate change, according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/replacing-coal-with-gas-is-no-panacea-study-says/?scp=5&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse ‘Serious’ Error Found in Carbon Savings for Biofuels. The European Union is overestimating the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through reliance on biofuels as a result of a “serious accounting error,” according to a draft opinion by an influential committee of 19 scientists and academics. The European Environment Agency Scientific Committee writes that the role of energy from crops like biofuels in curbing warming gases should be measured by how much additional carbon dioxide such crops absorb beyond what would have been absorbed anyway by existing fields, forests and grasslands. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/serious-error-found-in-carbon-savings-for-biofuels/?ref=earth Database Tracks a Congressional Onslaught. Resentment of the Environmental Protection Agency and “job-killing” environmental regulations is a hallmark of this session of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. In a wave of legislative proposals, lawmakers have sought to scale back protections ranging from the Endangered Species Act to limits on mining around the Grand Canyon. Representative Henry Waxman, the California Democrat, has declared the chamber “the most anti-environment House in history.” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/reversing-environment-rules-the-database/?ref=earth California approves pay-as-you-drive 'green' insurance program. State regulators have approved an auto insurance policy that rewards car owners for driving less and potentially emitting fewer pollutants into the atmosphere. The new program, called SAVE, will go on sale in January by CSE Safeguard Insurance Co. Motorists will be charged only for the number of miles they drive. "This is a true pay-by-the-mile program, where our customers pay for the miles they drive," said CSE President Pierre Bize. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/09/auto-insurance-green-pay-as-you-drive.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MoneyCompany+%28Money+%26+Company%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Rising sea levels could take financial toll on California beaches. Beach communities in California will suffer huge economic losses in tourism and tax revenues as rising sea levels eat away at the California coastline over the next century, according to a state-commissioned study released Tuesday. As climate change warms the ocean, causing it to swell, storm damage and erosion will narrow the state's beaches and diminish their appeal to tourists, recreational visitors and wildlife, economists at San Francisco State predict. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/09/rising-sea-levels-could-take-financial-toll-on-california-beaches.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project: The Denial Ends Today. Al Gore is mad as hell about his campaign to get the word out about global warming being smothered by a heavily funded doubt campaign and a disinterested media, and he’s not going to take it anymore. But unlike Howard Beale in the 1976 film “Network,” he hasn’t simply gone to the nearest window to shout it out at the top of his lungs. Instead, he decided that the lies have to stop, the truth has to come out, and he formed an organization called the Climate Reality Project to make it happen, and today: September 14th 2011 is the day, through an event called 24 Hours of Reality. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/al-gores-climate-reality-project-denial-ends-today/