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California Air Resources Board News Clips for September 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 White House threatens veto of House bill to delay EPA pollution rules. The White House threatened on Wednesday to veto the latest attempt by House Republicans to thwart pollution regulations, saying the GOP-backed bill would delay and undermine critical health protections. The Republican-controlled House is set to debate and vote on the legislation later this week. The bill sponsored by Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., requires the president to set up a Cabinet-level committee to examine the cumulative toll of Environmental Protection Agency rules on electricity and gas prices, electric reliability and jobs. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/white-house-threatens-veto-of-house-bill-to-delay-epa-pollution-rules/2011/09/21/gIQAk2pNlK_story.html EPA chief warns GOP moves may risk public health. Washington -- The chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that Republican-sponsored proposals moving in the House would threaten the agency's ability to regulate toxic air emissions. Administrator Lisa Jackson told a panel of lawmakers that the legislation, coupled with two GOP-offered amendments "would weaken or destroy our ability to address those toxic pollutants," putting thousands of lives at risk every year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/23/MNPT1L8BSB.DTL&type=printable Texas seeks to block enforcement of EPA rules. Texas has asked an appeals court to halt implementation of new federal air pollution rules. It's the second court motion filed this week by Texas, which has sued the Environmental Protection Agency claiming the rules rely on flawed science and could lead to power outages. Attorney General Greg Abbott initially asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to review regulations, announced in July, for coal-fired power plants. The state on Thursday filed another petition to block enforcement. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18961085?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18961085?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18961085?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Report says Birmingham on pace for high smog rank. A new report says Birmingham is on track to rank among the nation's smoggiest cities in 2011. The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/p1ZVS2) that Environment America, a coalition of environmental advocacy organizations, examined smog statistics in several cities. The group's report looked at the number of days ozone pollution rose above the official level the Environmental Protection Agency considers unhealthy for children, the elderly and people with respiratory disease. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18961392?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18961392?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18961392?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Regional plan to combat pollution gets more scrutiny. State regulators hear criticism of San Diego's first-in-state plan. San Diego County has the state’s first regional long-range transportation plan that seeks to reduce pollution over the next 40 years. Being first isn’t always easy. State air regulators in Sacramento on Thursday heard from nearly two dozen people who, while offering some praise for the San Diego effort, concluded it did not go far enough and would fall short in reducing pollution. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/sep/22/clearing-air-over-sandags-40-year-pollution-reduct/ Cleaning Up Commercial Shipping. Air Pollution: Researchers test the impact of new California fuel regulations intended to reduce air pollution from ocean-going vessels. In an attempt to reduce air pollution from commercial shipping, the state of California now requires ships to switch to cleaner burning fuels as they near the coastline. In a new study, researchers tested the impact of this regulation by measuring emissions from a single container vessel and found that the fuel switch may have greater health benefits than previously expected (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es2013424). Posted. http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/89/i39/8939scene3.html House passes 'TRAIN Act' after adding more anti-EPA measures. The House today passed a Republican-backed bill that would block two of the Obama administration's signature air pollution rules for coal-fired power plants while a new Cabinet-level panel studies the cumulative effect of about a dozen rules on the economy. The vote on the "TRAIN Act" (H.R. 2401), introduced by Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.), followed a floor debate between Republicans who argue the struggling economy needs a break from new regulations that would raise the cost of energy, and Democrats who say power companies are exaggerating the costs of cleaning up soot, smog and mercury in the air. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/09/23bn/1 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE California permits up 1.4 pct, offsets trade-Pt Carbon. San Francisco - California carbon allowances for delivery in 2013 rose to $18.75/t on Thursday, up 25 cents from last week, on the back of a handful of small-volume trades, market sources said. The price was pushed up by three over-the-counter deals for the benchmark December 2013 (v13) allowance contract, which cleared on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) on Thursday morning at $18.75/t. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/22/markets-pointcarbon-california-idUSS1E78L21220110922 UN Carbon Market Will Survive Should Kyoto Goals End, EU Says. The United Nation’s carbon market will survive if the Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gas-reduction goals for developed nations expire in 2012 without being immediately renewed, the European Union climate chief said. The EU, which gives companies in its emissions trading system the right to import credits from the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism, will probably remain that market’s driving force in coming years, said the bloc’s Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-23/un-carbon-market-will-survive-should-kyoto-goals-end-eu-says.html Why All Eyes Are on San Diego in Greenhouse Gas Push. Eyes across the state are watching San Diego as it puts the finishing touches on a plan to spend $200 billion on transportation projects over the next 40 years. And not all like what they see. This year, a new state law requires the agency to show how its plan to build transit and expand freeways will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks over the next 25 years. Posted. http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/survival/article_1f62480c-e599-11e0-b4b8-001cc4c002e0.html Parking experiment takes national stage. San Francisco's grand experiment to see whether traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by micromanaging the supply of public parking through price manipulation took center stage Thursday at a national transportation conference held in the city. Attending the meeting were transportation officials from across the country who one day may want to start a similar project back home. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/23/BAJP1L8AH3.DTL&type=printable VEHICLES BHS students, high-speed rail advocates at odds. Bakersfield, Calif. -Representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority came back to Bakersfield on Thursday to address the new environmental impact report and take questions from the community. Supporters of the project held a presentation in front of the downtown Beale Library. "This project would bring tens of thousands of jobs," one supporter said. "The California Air Resources Board is planning on one million metric tons a day of greenhouse gas emissions reductions (with the implementation) of high-speed rail," …Posted. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/130396058.html GREEN ENERGY Solyndra leaders invoke 5th Amendment at hearing. Top executives from a bankrupt California solar energy company have declined to testify before a congressional hearing investigating their half-billion dollar government loan. Solyndra Inc. CEO Brian Harrison and the company's chief financial officer, Bill Stover, both invoked their Fifth Amendment right to decline to testify to avoid self-incrimination. Harrison told the House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday: "On advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer any questions." Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/house-panel-continues-inquiry-into-failed-solar-energy-company-despite-executives-silence/2011/09/23/gIQAW5gupK_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/sep/23/solyndra-hearing-to-go-on-despite-execs-silence/ http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18960840?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/09/22/2549067/gop-house-chair-us-solar-industry.html#storylink=misearch http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18960840?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.modbee.com/2011/09/22/1872221/gop-house-chair-us-solar-industry.html Solyndra stays mum at hearing on failed loan deal. Two months before solar panel maker Solyndra LLC went bankrupt despite receiving more than a half billion dollars in federal loan guarantees, the California-based company’s chief executive traveled to Washington and met with members of Congress. “He said, ‘Solyndra’s future was bright with sales and production booming,’” Rep. Henry Waxman, California Democrat and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Friday, recounting his talk in July with Solyndra’s top executive, Brian Harrison. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/23/solyndra-stays-mum-hearing-failed-loan-deal/ Solyndra failure sparks GOP attack on green jobs. Washington -- California Rep. Darrell Issa opened a new front Thursday in the GOP attack on renewable energy subsidies following the bankruptcy of Fremont solar manufacturer Solyndra, accusing the Obama administration of waging a "war on carbon-based energy" and exaggerating claims of new "green jobs." Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/22/MN1I1L836E.DTL&type=printable Solar 'pioneers' host open house. A decade ago, friends questioned why Daren and Martina Webster would spend tens of thousands of dollars to put solar panels on the roof of their Valle Vista home, telling the couple that the money would be better spent on a boat, a pool or a new car. Now, with the money they have saved, the couple joke that every time Southern California Edison raises rates, they open a glass of wine to celebrate the decision they made 10 years ago. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/hemet/stories/PE_News_Local_D_esolar23.409a426.html Public goods fee for state energy program to end. Sacramento -- A program that has generated billions of dollars in funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy research over the past 14 years is set to expire at the end of the year after lawmakers refused to renew it, and now state leaders are trying to find a way to replace it. The program is funded by a "public goods" fee that appears on the utility bills of most Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/22/MN311L79F4.DTL&feed=rss.pageone In-fill proposal looks to give Stockton a greener image. With the right kind of development, downtown Stockton could become the kind of place where people live in apartments or condominiums, commute by train to Silicon Valley jobs before returning home, where they can bike or walk to do their shopping or run other errands. It could be the kind of place where residents don't need to own a car, said planning consultant David Early. " Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110923/A_NEWS/109230313&cid=sitesearch OPINIONS Debunking the Myth that Regulations on Big Business are "Job-Killers" Experts say that no, regulations do not in fact destroy jobs--they shift jobs within the economy. So why do even Democrats repeat the Republican talking point? It’s become a mantra on Capitol Hill and a rallying cry for industry groups: Get rid of the job-killing regulations. In recent days, with nearly every one of the GOP presidential candidates repeating that refrain, the political echo chamber has grown even louder. Posted. http://www.alternet.org/story/152503/debunking_the_myth_that_regulations_on_big_business_are_%22job-killers%22_/ Logistics News: Time for Shippers to get Involved to Battle War on Trucking, Mike Regan Says. The war on trucking continues, and it's really time for shippers to get involved, says Mike Regan, CEO of TranzAct Technologies and long-time figure in the trucking industry. Regan has been calling out the worrisome signs, mostly related to government activity and regulations, since late 2010. Posted. http://www.scdigest.com/ONTARGET/11-09-21-2_War_on_Trucking.php?cid=4985 BLOGS With Battery From Texas, E.V. Bus Begins Its Rounds at Heathrow. Heathrow Airport continues to offer a friendly testing ground for new electric-vehicle technologies. In April, BAA, the company that operates the London airport, began a first-of-its-kind electric pod car service to carry passengers between Terminal 5 and outlying parking lots. And this month, the 25-seat Solo EV, the first full-size, all-electric bus at a British airport, went into operation to move British Airways personnel between Terminal 5 and the company’s head office in Waterside, a few miles away. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/23/with-battery-from-austin-tx-e-v-bus-begins-its-rounds-at-heathrow/?scp=1&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse NASCAR Goes Green: A Job Well Done or a Lipstick on a Pig? Earlier this week NASCAR announced race cars had racked up more than one million miles of driving on Sunoco Green E15 ethanol blend, the official fuel this season. This choice of fuel is part of a greater effort NASCAR is making to green up its auto racing business. Some see it as a great opportunity not just to reduce NASCAR’s footprint, but also to reach about 75 million fans that follow the races on TV and at the tracks. Others believe this is nothing more than greenwashing. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/nascar-green-job-lipstick-pig/ The Military's Clean Energy Mission. Someday, in the not-too-distant future, our country will be getting more than half of its power from energy that is safe, secure, and sustainable. We're not there now, and in fact we have a long way to go in many sectors of the economy. But it's clear to anyone who is paying attention that the countries that lead in the race to implement clean-energy technologies will be more resilient and more prosperous in the years ahead. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/militarys-clean-energy-mission/ Lockheed Stratoliner is a hydrogen-fueled jet with near-around-the-world range. Based on the Bar-tailed Godwit, a bird that makes the longest known non-stop flight without even stopping to feed (7,258 miles – imagine that), the Lockheed Stratoliner is designed to be a go-anywhere jet that's fueled by hydrogen. Oversized wings generate massive amounts of lift, allowing the William Brown-designed Stratoliner to fly at high altitudes in a "low-power state." Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/09/23/lockheed-stratoliner-is-a-hydrogen-fueled-jet-with-near-around-t/ European automakers define recommendations to standardize charging of plug-in vehicles; 2017 for harmonized application. The European automobile manufacturers, though ACEA, the automobile manufacturers’ trade association, have defined a comprehensive set of recommendations to standardize the charging of electrically-chargeable vehicles. The joint industry proposal will enable the use of one type of plug independent of car make, electricity provider or country. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/09/european-automakers-define-recommendations-to-standardize-charging-of-plug-in-vehicles-2017-for-harmacea-20110923.html