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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 21, 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 California Adopts Extensive 'Cap-and-Trade' Plan. "Small markets mean fewer trading opportunities — and so potentially higher costs," Mazurek said. To help companies prepare, 90 percent of the allowances would be free in the first years, providing time for equipment upgrades. A letter sent by the California Chamber of Commerce and a host of other business groups called the 10 percent in allowances an "arbitrary 10 percent haircut." The letter said that California can't fight global climate change on its own. Posted. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/california-adopts-extensive-cap-trade-plan-14783500?page=2 http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/21/us-carbon-california-idUSTRE79K00U20111021 http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cap-trade-20111021,0,1125437.story http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/21/3992504/california-board-approves-cap.html#ixzz1bQkUfahw http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/20/BA901LK83V.DTL#ixzz1bQkwlyJ6 http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_19157727?source=rss BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/20/state-creates-market-approach-to-curb-global/ http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/20/1912142/calif-poised-to-finalize-cap-and.html#ixzz1bQrO1FrX http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/20/2584665/california-approves-carbon-trading.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_19158019 BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/business/energy-environment/california-adopts-cap-and-trade-system-to-limit-emissions.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=cap%20and%20trade&st=csehttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204485304576643860519096694.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-carlson/california-climate-policy_b_1020250.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/calif-regulators-give-final-ok-to-nations-most-extensive-cap-and-trade-emissions-plan/2011/10/20/gIQAnG9e1L_story.html http://www.capradio.org/articles/2011/10/20/california-air-resources-board-approves-cap-and-trade http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/10/20/california-adopts-nations-most-sweeping-cap-trade-plan/ http://smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?type=wnews&title=California%20adopts%20cap-and-trade%20system&id=220858 http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=19623 http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/10/21/3 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY U.N. committee completes draft design of climate fund. London - A U.N. committee has completed the draft design of a fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, paving the way for its launch in 2013, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Friday. Last year, countries agreed to create the 'Green Climate Fund' to channel up to $100 billion a year by 2020 to developing countries to help fight climate change. An international committee in charge of designing the fund met this week in South Africa, but some organizations accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of hampering the process. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/21/us-un-climate-fund-idUSTRE79K2FV20111021 Climate Skeptics Stay Unswayed. A new study designed to address critiques of climate science by skeptics has confirmed that “global warming is real” and that the world’s average land temperature has risen by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-1950s. The findings, released on Thursday by a group of scientists and statisticians at the University of California known as the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, were welcomed by climate scientists and advocates of climate policy action, who had hoped that skeptics would finally have to cry uncle. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/science/earth/21climate.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2011/10/21/study-global-warming-is-real California Climate Policy: Good for the Environment, Good for Business. Every major meteorological organization in the world agrees that 2010 was the hottest year on record, continuing a dangerous trend. Texas is experiencing the worst drought in its history. Lack of rain has created massive food shortages and human catastrophe on the horn of Africa. Glacial melting is causing a sea level rise that will threaten coastlines and hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Yet the globe continues to pour heat trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in record amounts and U.S. policy to reduce domestic emissions is virtually dormant. But California is bucking the national trend. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-carlson/california-climate-policy_b_1020250.html Bring on the carbon fuel standards. The European Union’s Fuel Quality Directive that the federal government is furiously lobbying to kill is the worst kind of regulatory trade barrier. Under its current wording, it would ascribe all oil produced from Canada’s oilsands a greenhouse gas rating of 107 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule and thus force its importers to pay for carbon offsets. Conventional crude oil, emitting 87.5 grams (they say), would be OK. Posted. http://www.canadianbusiness.com/blog/business_briefings/52351--bring-on-the-carbon-fuel-standards VEHICLES Northeast states form electric vehicle network. Ten states from Massachusetts to Maryland are joining forces to promote electric vehicles. The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network announced Wednesday it will work to help plan and install charging stations throughout the region as well as attract private investment in clean vehicle infrastructure. Among the things network members will work on: the location of charging stations. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/APd8e72ba90ab5493fa4c6bcfd5f1319d1.html Australia’s 1st Electric Supercar Makes Debut. Varley Electric Vehicles will unveil their EVR450 an electric super car that showcases Australian electric car technology and posts some impressive performance numbers as well. 0-100 km/hr in 3.8 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 200 km/h! Range of the standard version is 150km, but an extended range battery pack option will be available that can boost single charge range to 300 km. Posted. http://www.ev.com/knowledge-center/electric-vehicles-articles/australias-1st-electric-supercar-makes-debut.html GREEN ENERGY Report: Mass. tops in promoting energy efficiency. A national nonprofit advocacy group has named Massachusetts tops in the nation when it comes to promoting energy efficiency. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy placed Massachusetts above California for the first time in rankings released Thursday. The group pointed to Massachusetts programs designed to save energy and create jobs including the Green Communities Act of 2008, the Green Jobs Act and Global Warming Solutions Act. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/20/report-mass-tops-in-promoting-energy-efficiency/?print=1 BC Hydro plays NAFTA card in bid to win green energy status in California. BC Hydro has accused California’s cap-and-trade regulator of violating the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the regulator’s proposed rules on greenhouse gas emissions favour American power supplier Bonneville Power Administration. In a Sept. 27 letter to the California Air Resources Board, Hydro’s energy-trading arm Powerex lays out its complaint, urging the board to change its regulations “to avoid running afoul of NAFTA.” Posted. http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Hydro+plays+NAFTA+card+green+energy+status+California/5583854/story.html OPINIONS The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism. There were good reasons for doubt, until now. Are you a global warming skeptic? There are plenty of good reasons why you might be. As many as 757 stations in the United States recorded net surface-temperature cooling over the past century. Many are concentrated in the southeast, where some people attribute tornadoes and hurricanes to warming. The temperature-station quality is largely awful. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204422404576594872796327348.html#articleTabs=article BY SUBSCRIPTION Party of Pollution. Last month President Obama finally unveiled a serious economic stimulus plan — far short of what I’d like to see, but a step in the right direction. Republicans, predictably, have blocked it. But the new plan, combined with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, seems to have shifted the national conversation. We are, suddenly, focused on what we should have been talking about all along: jobs. So what is the G.O.P. jobs plan? Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/opinion/party-of-pollution.html?scp=3&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse 'Too dirty to fail'? House Republicans' assault on our environmental laws must be stopped. Americans must once again stand up for their right to clean air and clean water. Since the beginning of this year, Republicans in the House have averaged roughly a vote every day the chamber has been in session to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency and our nation's environmental laws. They have picked up the pace recently — just last week they voted to stop the EPA's efforts to limit mercury and other hazardous pollutants from cement plants, boilers and incinerators — and it appears their campaign will continue for the foreseeable future. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-jackson-train-act-20111021,0,4464566,print.story A world without tailpipes. Last Sunday was witness to a unique parade on Main Street that may wind up in the Guinness Book of World Records. The event might have represented the largest assemblage in world history of freeway capable electric cars (188) on a public road at any one time. (Parade organizers have filed with Guinness.) Because EVs are virtually noiseless, it was also perhaps the quietest parade in world history. Or, as one onlooker suggested, "It was so quiet it was like a funeral procession for the oil industry!" (I only wish.) Posted. http://www.smdp.com/Articles-c-2011-10-21-72788.113116-A-world-without-tailpipes.html BLOGS Climate Study Does Not Placate Skeptics. As we noted on the blog on Thursday, a new study designed to address critiques of climate science by skeptics has confirmed that “global warming is real” and the world’s average land temperature has risen by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-1950s.The findings, released by a group of scientists and statisticians at the University of California known as the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, were welcomed by climate scientists and advocates of climate policy action, who had been hoping that skeptics would finally have to cry uncle. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/climate-study-does-not-placate-skeptics/ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/10/climate-skeptic-woops-the-majority-is-right-on-global-warming.html Beyond Green: A Net-Zero College Community. Designing buildings that leave a lighter imprint on the environment has become the de facto standard these days. The target for many is zero net energy use, meaning that a building makes as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Noteworthy net-zero-energy homes, commercial buildings and government structures are regularly built. But none have matched the scale of West Village, a net-zero community at the University of California, Davis, that its developers describe as the largest project of its kind in the country. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/beyond-green-a-net-zero-college-community/ Quote of the day. Even if California shut down every power plant and took every car off of the road, global emissions are growing so fast that they'll rapidly make up the difference. So says Sen. Doug LaMalfa in response to the Air Resources Board's approval of a statewide cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions. The unfortunate part is that even supporters of action to stem CO2-driven global warming would have to concede he's correct. Posted. http://blogs.redding.com/bross/archives/2011/10/quote-of-the-da-112.html California's Cap-and-Trade Program Gets Green Light. California's Air Resources Board has formally adopted the state's greenhouse cap-and-trade program today, following a lawsuit that delayed compliance with the controversial scheme by a year. The program, which will begin in mid-2012 with auctions of the emissions allowances, will be the nation's most stringent cap-and-trade mandate but not the first. It follows in the footsteps of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a program that covers utilities in Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/10/20/californias-cap-trade-program-gets-green-light Senate GOP Proposal Is a Program for More Pollution, Not a Jobs Plan. Senate Republicans have opened a new front in the war against public health and environmental safeguards. They released a so-called jobs plan that calls for removing standards that protect Americans from smog, arsenic, lead, mercury, and other hazardous pollutants. What the proposal shows is that Republican leaders have no jobs plan—just a repackaging of anti-government screeds. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/senate_gop_plan_offers_dirtier.html Japan Can Replace Nuclear with Renewables –Schroeder. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a leading proponent of Germany phasing out nuclear power, has said that in the wake of Japan’s disastrous 11 March Fukushima nuclear accident that the country can both phase out nuclear power and become a pioneer in sources of alternative energy. In an interview with Mainichi newspaper Schroeder said, "Japan is in a position where it is technologically capable of forming different energy policies. Japan could become a pioneer in energy other than nuclear power. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/japan-can-replace-nuclear-renewables-schroeder/ Buyers trading in Toyota Prius for Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf. Through the end of September, year-to-date U.S. sales of the electric Nissan Leaf hit 7,199 units and sales of plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt tallied 3,895 units. What vehicles were those 11,000-plus people driving before their new plug-ins? Recently, Barbara Keys, a R.L. Polk & Co consultant, surveyed buyers of both the Leaf and Volt and discovered that the vehicles are conquest hits. Keys states that through the end of June, 78 percent of Volt buyers didn't own a Chevrolet at the time of purchase. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/21/buyers-trading-in-toyota-prius-for-chevy-volt-nissan-leaf/ Report: higher smog risk for U.S. Latinos. U.S. Latinos suffer a disproportionately higher health risk from air pollution according to a new report from advocacy groups, who are urging the Obama administration not to delay tougher regulations. Nearly half of U.S. Latinos live in in the nation’s top 25 cities most polluted by ground-level ozone, the report says. Half of California Latinos live in counties that frequently violate air-quality standards. Posted. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2011/09/20/report-higher-smog-risk-for-u-s-latinos/138376/