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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 19, 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 Major investors seek new carbon emissions treaty. Large investors representing more than $20 trillion (euro14.62 trillion) in assets urged governments on Wednesday to sign a binding treaty on carbon emissions at the U.N. climate talks in South Africa in December. A group of 285 investors say only legally enforceable carbon limits can spur the level of investment needed to keep temperatures from rising further. The group includes three major investor networks in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i1mQb4r-v6t3epq3-JphpBB0hfwA?docId=6f13aa5704514dbfb4928ef5401c0707 AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/major-investors-with-more-than-20-trillion-in-assets-seek-new-treaty-on-carbon-emissions/2011/10/19/gIQAndTtwL_story.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/19/3988917/major-investors-seek-new-carbon.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/10/19/international/i070810D47.DTL http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19146160?nclick_check=1 BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/19/1910889/major-investors-seek-new-carbon.html http://fresnobee.com/2011/10/19/2582429/major-investors-seek-new-carbon.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19146160 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19146160 http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/article_164ceaa6-868e-54d8-9b4b-3abd61063122.html South African Treasury Backs Carbon Tax to Cut Emissions. South Africa’s National Treasury said its proposed carbon taxes are an appropriate tool to cut emissions, rejecting opposition to the levy from steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd. and other companies. “Carbon taxes afford firms the flexibility to undertake emissions reductions according to their specific processes and provide the long-term price certainty which is essential for investment decisions,” said Cecil Morden, chief director of tax policy at the Treasury. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-19/south-african-treasury-backs-carbon-tax-to-cut-emissions.html http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/43427/print CLIMATE CHANGE Wave of state actions could hike water rates. Possible air board vote, future projects mean more long-term costs. Already paying more for using less water, Californians are being warned to brace for even higher rates in the coming years as the state moves on a number of fronts to slow global warming, protect the environment and build a reliable supply network. Most immediately, the California Air Resources Board on Thursday is expected to approve a sweeping plan to attack greenhouse gas emissions that, by some accounts, could cost the San Diego County Water Authority at least $5 million a year and perhaps much more over time, according to one analysis. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/18/wave-state-actions-could-hike-water-rates/ Food processors slam new emissions law. Valley food processors say they will be hurt economically by California's landmark global warming law, which will go into effect Jan. 1. The legislation – known as AB 32 – sets a statewide limit on greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. On Tuesday, however, three prominent San Joaquin Valley food processors told a state legislative caucus in Fresno that the law is forcing them to spend millions on equipment that will reduce emissions by only a small percentage. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/18/2582056/food-processors-slam-new-gas-emissions.html 2008-2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Major Facilities Now Available. The Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted summary spreadsheets of 2008-2010 facility greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and power entity transactions data reported pursuant to the California mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting program. The data is available through the ARB website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/ghg-reports.htm. This posting represents the first summary spreadsheets posted for the 2009 and 2010 emissions and transactions data, while the 2008 data is an update to a past posting of emissions data. Posted. http://yubanet.com/california/2008-2010-Greenhouse-Gas-Emissions-from-Major-Facilities-Now-Available.php DIESEL EMISSIONS California Railroad Pollution: Two US Railroads Face Unique Lawsuit. Los Angeles -- When the lump on her toddler's tummy turned out to be a rare cancer, Carla Hernandez wondered if living just a half-mile from two rail yards emitting a constant veil of near-invisible pollution was somehow responsible. "When she was diagnosed they kept asking me if I smoked or if anyone smoked around her, but no one did," said Hernandez, sitting beside her 4-year-old daughter, who was sleeping after her latest treatment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/environmental-group-sues-2-us-railroads-with-unique-diesel-pollution-claim/2011/10/18/gIQA3vzEvL_story.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/18/3987664/2-us-railroads-face-unique-pollution.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/18/1909864/2-us-railroads-face-unique-pollution.html http://fresnobee.com/2011/10/18/2581598/2-us-railroads-face-unique-pollution.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19140167 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19140167 http://www.labusinessjournal.com/news/2011/oct/18/environmental-group-sue-railroads-over-pollution-l/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_0dfbbf1c-ab24-54fe-b686-b7dfe1422c1d.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/18/california-railroad-pollution_n_1018568.html New Shasta County report reverses greenhouse gas impacts; changes in criteria back Anderson power facility. A cogeneration plant proposed in Anderson would not have a significant impact on the environment, even though it will produce 330,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually from burning wood, according to a report on the project. A draft environmental impact report written last year said the greenhouse gases from the Sierra Pacific Industries plant would have a significant impact on the environment. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2011/oct/18/new-report-reverses-gas-impacts/?print=1 California to give official kick off to carbon market. California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) will, on Thursday, October 20, adopt its final rules for California’s carbon market. The adoption of the cap-and-trade regulation will mark the official stamp of approval before the state’s self-imposed deadline of October 28, and will result in California’s program entering into force next year, binding emitters to carbon caps as of 2013. Posted. http://www.commodities-now.com/commodities-now-reports/environmental-markets/8408-california-to-give-official-kick-off-to-carbon-market.html FUELS Energy ministers warn demand for fossil fuels, pollution will skyrocket in coming years. Paris — Energy demand will skyrocket in the coming decades and much of it will be met with fossil fuels, increasing risks of pollution and global warming, a group of energy ministers warned Wednesday. An International Energy Agency meeting of the ministers and industry leaders in Paris was clear about the scale of the challenges: Global demand is expected to grow by a third by 2035, most of it in developing countries — where “dirty” fuels are most common. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/iea-says-oil-demand-to-grow-in-2012-amid-slow-growth-recession-not-forecast-in-rich-economies/2011/10/19/gIQA9ECtwL_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/19/iea-doesnt-expect-another-recession/?print=1 U.S. Energy Policy Rife With Contradictions, Chevron Chief Says. U.S. energy policy is rife with contradictions and companies gain access to natural resources “by exception, not by rule,” Chevron Corp. (CVX) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman John Watson said. The U.S. needs to encourage production of oil and natural gas rather than limiting energy development, Watson said today in written remarks for a speech at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-19/u-s-energy-policy-rife-with-contradictions-chevron-chief-says.html Fat Replaces Oil for F-16s as Biofuels Head to War: Commodities. Biofuels face their biggest test yet -- whether they can power fighter jets and tanks in battle at prices the world’s best-funded military can afford. The U.S. Air Force is set to certify all of its 40-plus aircraft models to burn fuels derived from waste oils and plants by 2013, three years ahead of target, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary Kevin Geiss said. The Army wants 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Navy and Marines aim to shift half their energy use from oil, gas and coal by 2020. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-18/animal-fat-replaces-crude-oil-in-f16s-as-biofuels-head-to-war-commodities.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2011/10/18/animal-fat-crude-oil-f-16s_n_1018072.html VEHICLES California governor approves truck rule, vetoes CARB requirement. Two California truck bills have met different fates on the governor’s desk. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that is intended to improve safety around certain large vehicles, but he vetoed an effort to impose a rule on the state’s Air Resources Board. Previously SB341, the new law requires a construction vehicle in excess of 14,000 pounds that operates at, or transports construction or industrial materials to and from, a mine or construction site to be equipped with an automatic backup audible alarm. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Oct11/101711/101811-02.shtml New study looks at hybrid construction equipment. Riverside, California – A new, first-of-its-kind two-year study will evaluate the emission reduction benefits of hybrid construction vehicles. Scientists at the University of California’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology have received a US$2 million contract from the California Air Resources Board to study two commercially-available hybrid vehicles, a Caterpillar bulldozer and Kamatsu hydraulic excavator. “Hybrid construction vehicles are just now becoming available,” said Kent Johnson, principal investigator on the project. “We have been asked to use our emissions testing experience to quantify what their benefit is.” Posted. http://www.autos.ca/general-news/new-study-looks-at-hybrid-construction-equipment GREEN ENERGY Energy poll: Americans fret about Congress, foreign oil. The vast majority (84%) of Americans are worried about U.S. consumption of foreign oil, and 76% fret about the lack of progress in developing energy efficiency and renewable sources, a poll released today shows. Less than 14% say the United States is headed in the right direction on energy, according to the inaugural survey of 3,406 consumers conducted Sept. 14-25 by the University of Texas at Austin, which plans to do biannual energy polling in the future. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/10/energy-poll-americans-worried-congress/1 Sonoma County pushes forward with power agency studies. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized further study of the possible formation of a public power agency. The board voted unanimously to move ahead with six more months of work focused on what a program would look like, a step that all supervisors said was needed before any final decision is made to become a power supplier to local homes and businesses. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111019/COMMUNITY/111019484/1033/.wbk.js?Title=Sonoma-County-pushes-forward-with-power-agency-studies Report: Arizona ranks 3rd nationwide in solar jobs. A trade group representing solar power companies says Arizona has 4,786 people working in the industry, ranking the state No. 3 in the nation behind California and Colorado. The Solar Foundation released the findings in a report this week. It breaks out Arizona's jobs as 36 percent in installation, 27 percent in sales, 17 percent in manufacturing, and 12 percent in research and development. The survey was conducted by the foundation and Green LMI Consulting with help from Cornell University. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/18/1909947/report-arizona-ranks-3rd-nationwide.html OPINIONS Opinion: AB 32 is an investment in stabilizing California’s future. California is a leader in the area of clean energy and energy efficiency technology because we are innovators — when it comes to research and development, patents, and policy. Without good, smart policy, would California still innovate? Yes. But our clean energy economy and the jobs it supports would grow at a slower, less transformative pace. A recent opinion piece in Capitol Weekly (Opinion: When you are stuck in a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging) … Posted. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?1=1&_c=102sbeearw2prc9&xid=102pc9ke47ed0w1&done=.102pdbn6oba7c95&_credir=1319047081&_c=102sbeearw2prc9# BLOGS Green efforts best in the country, but not good enough. This we know: San Francisco is at the leading edge in slashing greenhouse gas emissions. Kyoto Protocol? We complied in 2007 (although didn’t have all the data analyzed until 2010). AB32, the state’s landmark emissions reduction law? Met that target years ago. But meeting the city’s own standards? Now that’s a different story. Data that Mayor Ed Lee will release today shows that by the end of 2010, the city had reduced its carbon footprint to 12 percent below 1990 levels. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2011/10/19/green-efforts-best-in-the-country-but-not-good-enough/ Ford Transit Connect Electric to qualify for $15,000 rebate in California. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is set to add an additional category to its Hybrid Incentive Voucher Program (HVIP) that awards buyers of zero-emissions light-duty commercial vehicles, including the Ford Transit Connect Electric, a discount of up to $15,000 on their green vehicle purchase. Starting in November, light-duty zero-emissions commercial vehicles with a GVWR between 5,001 and 8,500 pounds will be eligible for vouchers of up to $15,000 in California. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/19/ford-transit-connect-electric-to-qualify-for-15-000-rebate-in-c/ Banning hybrids from HOV lanes slows everyone down. Whodathunk that banning hybrid vehicles from California's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes would lead to additional congestion on the state's highways and even longer commute times? Transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley did, and that's why the University's researchers are now pushing for HOV access to be granted to more vehicles, not less. UC Berkeley researchers recently discovered that after single-occupant hybrid vehicles were booted out of HOV lanes, traffic increased for all of the state's drivers. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/19/banning-hybrids-from-hov-lanes-slows-down-everyone/ The 7 Keys to Low-Carbon Business Innovation. With rising energy consumption, a lingering economic malaise and a dearth of climate policy, companies that contrive ways to grow while reducing the carbon impact of their products can not only survive, but flourish despite uncertain times. That’s the case the Pew Center on Global Climate Change makes in its latest report, “The Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market.” The study, released Tuesday, identifies seven best practices that are key to low-carbon innovation and takes a look at how four companies -- Hewlett-Packard, Daimler AG, Johnson Controls Inc. and Alstom SA -- are using them to unlock growth opportunities. Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/10/18/how-hp-daimler-jci-alstom-are-leading-low-carbon-innovation Snapshot of the California Zero Emission Vehicle program credit balances. As part of a Board-directed effort to provide greater transparency to interested stakeholders, the staff of the California Air Resources Board has posted production data from large- and intermediate-volume automakers beginning in model year 2009 and their Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) credit balances in 2010 on its website. As of 1 October 2011, all vehicle manufacturers subject to the ZEV regulation are in compliance through model year 2010, and are carrying a positive ZEV credit balance—i.e., over-compliance with the ZEV regulation. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/10/zev-20111019.html