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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 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. AIR POLLUTION EPA’s Jackson Says House Measures Would Gut Clean-Air Act. Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said efforts to limit her powers are “unprecedented” and pledged that rules aimed at coal-powered power plants won’t harm electric reliability. Proposed legislation, such as a measure being considered in the U.S. House to block pollution controls on coal ash, would result in “gutting the heart of the Clean Air Act,” Jackson said today at an event sponsored by Politico in Washington. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-14/epa-s-jackson-says-house-measures-would-gut-clean-air-act.html In another swipe at EPA, House passes bill to delay pollution controls on industrial boilers. Washington — The Republican-controlled House is continuing its campaign against environmental regulations, this time passing a bill to delay rules to curb toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators. The legislation passed 274-142 on Thursday. It joins a host of other measures aimed at weakening, delaying or scrapping EPA regulations that Republicans view as job killers. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/in-another-swipe-at-epa-house-passes-bill-to-delay-pollution-controls-on-industrial-boilers/2011/10/13/gIQAyJsUiL_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/13/1903273/house-backs-bill-delaying-toxic.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19107847 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19107847 The EPA doesn’t regulate farm dust, it regulates air pollution. One cardinal rule of American politics is "Thou shalt not piss off the farmers." (Remember how farms were going to get a free pass on cap-and-trade?) Conveniently for Republicans, earlier this year, air monitors in Arizona found high levels of particulate matter in the air, and the EPA traced it to farms and had to work with farmers to minimize the amount of dust their work was creating. Now, Arizona is very, very dusty place, and particulate matter is a hazard to air quality. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-10-13-the-epa-doesnt-regulate-farm-dust-it-regulates-air-pollution CLIMATE CHANGE Gore links climate change to Great Lakes problems. Former Vice President Al Gore linked climate change to a rash of environmental catastrophes Thursday, from floods in Pakistan to drought in Texas and rampant algae blooms sucking oxygen from Lake Erie. The fallout from a warming planet is being felt around the world, Gore said in a speech during the annual meeting of the International Joint Commission, which advises the U.S. and Canadian governments on issues affecting shared waterways. Things will get worse unless people reject a campaign of denial orchestrated by the fossil fuel industry and make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, he said. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gBq_T-P00UuqYQHCr9Y3Pl93DhAQ?docId=8d3e9f91f6ea41788bf88efb8d62d977 DIESEL EMISSIONS Clean Diesel (CDTI) Bus Polution Control Order. Clean Diesel (NASDAQ:CDTI) has received an order for its approved emission reduction products for retrofitting Purifilter Plus diesel particulate filter(DPF) emission reduction systems to school buses under the California Air Resources Board program for Northern California. The orders were received from Emissions Retrofit Group, a key distributor of Clean Diesels ECS-branded emission reduction products. Posted. http://www.dailymarkets.com/stock/2011/10/13/clean-diesel-cdti-bus-polution-control-order/ VEHICLES New Nissan hybrid and CVT headed to North America. The Nissan Altima mid-sized sedan could get a big boost in fuel economy with next year's model change as the brand rolls out an improved continuously variable transmission and its first in-house front-wheel hybrid system for North America. The upgraded pulley-style transmission alone should lift fuel efficiency by 10 percent over the CVT now used in the Altima and other vehicles, including the Maxima and Rogue. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111013/OEM05/111019937/1186 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Chevy Spark Electric Minicar Designed for California Emissions Compliance. General Motors confirmed yesterday it will make an all-electric minicar called the Chevy Spark, to debut in 2013. While more product choice of electric cars is a positive step for the market, EV advocates worry that another small limited-range and potentially underpowered electric car will fuel negative stereotypes about electric vehicles. They wonder why the Spark was selected as the company's first all-electric model since the ill-fated EV1, when GM is capable of producing a much more appealing and exciting electric vehicle. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/chevy-spark-electric-minicar-designed-california-emissions-compliance-108392.html GREEN ENERGY House panel looks at Solyndra loan restructuring. A House hearing on a solar panel manufacturer that went broke after receiving a half-billion dollar federal loan erupted in a partisan skirmish before any witnesses had testified Friday. Rep. Henry Waxman called the hearing "a rigged proceeding." Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee criticized Republicans for not allowing the Energy Department to testify and for blocking the release of an Energy Department memo that outlined the legal basis for its decision to restructure the $535 million loan to Solyndra. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SOLAR_MANUFACTURER_INVESTIGATION?SITE=RIPRJ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/house-panel-probes-obama-administration-decision-to-restructure-loan-to-troubled-solar-company/2011/10/14/gIQAGD1IjL_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/14/2576436/house-panel-looks-at-solyndra.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19112284 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19111949 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/14/house-panel-looks-at-solyndra-loan-restructuring/ OPINIONS Editorial, other views: Environment suffers under GOP House. Republicans in the House are best known for their inflexible opposition to tax hikes and government spending, but that's nothing new for the GOP; what marks this group as different is that it is perhaps the most anti-environment Congress in history. So far, that hasn't had much impact because Republicans control only one house, and Democrats in the Senate have blocked their most extreme attempts to gut the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20111014/OPINION01/110140325/Editorial-other-views-Environment-suffers-under-GOP-House BLOGS On False Equivalence and False Inequivalence. Just over a week ago, I wrote a quick post on a new sociological analysis of organized efforts to sow doubt about global warming. The analysis was illustrated by a flow chart of what the researchers called the “climate change denial machine.” I added an update a day later describing a chart of the “climate alarmism machine” created in response by an Australian blogger. John Rennie, the former editor in chief of Scientific American, criticized me for engaging in “false equivalence” — a habit that I, and many others, have long criticized, particularly on science stories. He was right. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/on-false-equivalence-and-false-inequivalence/ Group launches online environmental accident map. The nonprofit environmental monitoring group SkyTruth on Thursday launched a real-time alert system that uses remote sensing and digital mapping to track pollution events in the United States. The SkyTruth Alerts system shows air and water pollution, toxic spills and other incidents on an interactive map, noting the time of the event and whether toxic materials are involved. Users can track specific geographic areas and receive updates via email or RSS feeds. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/10/skytruth-pollution-map-bp-gulf.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 UK energy secretary: proposed 80 mph speed limit should only apply to electric vehicles. A proposed increase of the speed limit on UK roads – to 80 miles per hour – is not without controversy, concerns and complaints. How about this for an unlikely solution? UK energy secretary Chris Huhne reckons the proposed 80-mph limit motorway should only apply to electric vehicles. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/13/uk-energy-secretary-proposed-80-mph-speed-limit-should-only-app/ Evolution, climate denial: Are they linked? Poll scientific specialists on evolution and global warming, and the results are overwhelming: a strong consensus that the scientists say is founded on equally strong data. But among the general public, the response can be quite different. Eugenie Scott, a science education activist best known for fighting creationism in public schools, says denial of evolution has much in common with the popular backlash against climate science. Posted. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2011/10/13/evolution-climate-denial-are-they-linked/146143/ New catalytic process efficiently extracts hydrogen from bioalcohols, including ethanol. Researchers led by Matthias Beller at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock (Germany) report in the journal Angewandte Chemie on a new catalyst that allows for the use of bioalcohols, including ethanol, for the production of hydrogen. Their novel process proceeds efficiently under particularly mild conditions. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/10/beller-20111014.html