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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 25, 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 Pollution by railroads in state is targeted. San Bernardino -- Estela Hernandez stood outside the bustling BNSF Railway yard in San Bernardino, explaining how she carries two types breathing medications in case her 4-year-old granddaughter Maurissa has an asthma attack. Attorney David Pettit listened intently. The little girl then pulled a plastic applicator from her knapsack and put it in her mouth. When child as breathing trouble, the battery operated device sprays a fine mist of medicine into child’s lungs. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bernardino-323594-child-breathing.html http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20111024-san-bernardino-railroad-pollution-targeted.ece CLIMATE CHANGE U.S. Vote on EU Aviation Plan May Start Trade War, Environment Group Says. The U.S. House of Representatives’ backing for a bill to bar American airlines from paying for greenhouse gas discharges under the European Union emissions- trading plan may lead to a trade war, an environment lobby said. The House yesterday passed the “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011” after the industry estimated that participation in the cap-and-trade system would cost U.S. airlines $3.1 billion between 2012 and 2020. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-25/u-s-vote-on-eu-aviation-co2-plan-may-trigger-trade-war-lobby-group-warns.html http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-25/u-s-vote-on-eu-aviation-plan-may-trigger-trade-war-lobby-says.html Climate skeptic admits he was wrong to doubt global-warming data. Remember when scientists who had cast doubt on global temperature studies boldly embarked on an effort to "reconsider" the evidence? They have. And they conclude that their doubt was misplaced. UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller and others were looking at the so-called urban heat island effect - the notion that because more urban temperature stations are included in global temperature data sets than are rural ones, the global average temperature was being skewed upward because these sites tend to retain more heat. Hence, global warming trends are exaggerated. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/24/v-print/4002510/climate-skeptic-admits-he-was.html EarthTalk: What's the latest on limits on greenhouse gas emissions? Dear EarthTalk: What's the latest in regard to putting limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.? Is there any hope that Obama can get something done?- Bradley Johnson, Helena, Mont. Our best hope to date was 2009's American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), a bill that called for the implementation of a "cap-and-trade" system to limit carbon dioxide emissions by capping overall emissions and allowing polluters to buy or sell greenhouse gas pollution credits …Posted. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/10/24/1808342/earthtalk-whats-the-latest-on.html#ixzz1boYlmmHL DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB notes DPF retrofit deadline looming. “Fleet owners need to plan now to equip their trucks with diesel particulate matter filters in order to be reading in January,” said Erik White, assistant chief of mobile sources. Sacramento, Calif. — The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today sent out a news release reminding owners of heavier diesel trucks that they “need to act now in order to comply with California’s Truck and Bus regulation,” which has its first diesel filter deadlines in January 2012. Posted. http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2011/10/25/CARBnotesDPFretrofitdeadlinelooming.aspx VEHICLES Sacramento keeps cars idling as carpool lanes fail. What is the purpose of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes? Is it to make people who aren't in carpool lanes feel resentful? Or, as UC Berkeley civil and environmental engineering Professor Michael Cassidy believes, is the goal to reduce the number of People Hours Traveled? Cassidy believes HOV lanes work, but used to work better. Cassidy and doctoral student Kitae Jang conducted a study of Bay Area freeway traffic before and after July 1, when the Legislature let lapse a 2005 program that allotted yellow stickers granting access to HOV lanes for low or solo occupancy to 85,000 hybrid vehicles. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/25/EDL11LLIQR.DTL&type=printable Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD launches North American headquarters in Los Angeles. Los Angeles — Chinese electric carmaker BYD Co. opened its North American headquarters on Monday, a move that officials said could bring hundreds of jobs and provide a U.S. hub for sales and research. The opening will be “a catalyst that ushers in good jobs, global investment and a more sustainable future,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/chinese-electric-vehicle-manufacturer-byd-launches-north-american-headquarters-in-los-angeles/2011/10/24/gIQARJZ9CM_story.html?wprss=rss_national Nissan betting big on electric cars despite poor sales. Nissan, which has so far seen paltry sales of its electric Leaf, is sounding downright bullish about its prospects for its electric cars. Nissan, with its French sister Renault, expects to sell 1.5 million zero-emission models in five years, Bloomberg News reports. In the U.S., Nissan has sold 7,199 Leafs for the year through September, according to Autodata. They only went on sale in December, so it's easy to see how slow the model is taking to catch on. Worldwide, Bloomberg says, Nissan has sold about 15,000, including those in the U.S. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/10/nissan-leaf-poor-sales/1 GREEN ENERGY Mitt Romney: We need an environment for jobs. First, the good news: President Barack Obama has finally created some "green jobs." Now for the bad news: They are not in the United States, but in Finland. The creation of environmentally friendly jobs has been at the top of Barack Obama's policy agenda since coming into office. With the first of his now many jobs plans, the President set out to fulfill his campaign promise of spending $150 billion to create ten million green jobs. Alas, things didn't quite worked out as planned. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/jobs-323475-obama-president.html MISCELLANEOUS What your new home will look like in 2015. The fact that the average American home is slowly but surely shrinking - and will most likely continue to do so if and when the country shakes off its current financial woes - isn't exactly revolutionary news. But when members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) were asked earlier this year what they anticipate the new home size will be 2015, it's how they think single-family homes will shrink - …Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/24/2588598/what-your-new-home-will-look-like.html#storylink=misearch Geothermal still outpowers wind, solar in California. Industry convenes in San Diego through Wednesday. Amid soaring investment in solar and wind energy technology, commercial geothermal plants still anchor the state's production of non-fossil fuel power. Geothermal energy provides 42 percent of California's commercial, in-state renewable electricity generation, an industry group announced at its convention in San Diego. About 160 businesses are participating in the Geothermal Energy Association Expo. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/24/geothermal-still-outpowers-wind-solar-california/ New paving approach saves Bay Area cities money and is environmentally friendly. Recycling method used on Monterey Road is being considered across the Bay Area. An innovative and environmentally friendly paving technique is being tried on one of San Jose's most pothole-infested roads -- and cities across the Bay Area are watching to see if the same method could save them millions of dollars and allow them to repave dozens of other roads. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/environment/ci_19183719 OPINIONS The Post-Global Warming World. Moving on from climate virtue. The United Nations will convene its 17th annual climate-change conference next month in Durban, South Africa, with the purpose of sealing a new carbon-cutting deal to succeed the soon-to-expire 1997 Kyoto Protocol. It promises to be a historic event, if not in the way the organizers might hope. The chances that a global deal on carbon would ever be reached were always slim, a point brought home by the collapse of the comic 2009 Copenhagen summit. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204618704576640730949448812.html BY SUBSCRIPTION Editorial: Lights out for solar highways in state? The first-in-California "solar highways" in Sacramento County were supposed to showcase the potential of power-generating solar panels along roadsides. What they ended up demonstrating instead is that right now, it's way too complicated to get such projects done. The state must do much more to clear away regulatory and other barriers – or its hopes for a renewable energy future will darken. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/25/v-print/4004053/lights-out-for-solar-highways.html Cap and trade will exact cost. Re "Air board OKs cap and trade program" (Page A1, Oct. 21): Cap and trade is a victory for environmentalists and a huge loss for business, jobs and California citizens. Costs for implementing these regulations will be enormous, and put many businesses at a competitive disadvantage. This will cause layoffs, downsizing and more businesses leaving the state. Green energy jobs will be few, as many green companies like Solyndra will not make it without subsidies. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/25/4004051/letters-to-the-editor-police-shootings.html#ixzz1boH80l95 Repeal, don't add, regulations. When will our legislators recognize that the continued exodus of hundreds of manufacturing companies from California to other states and countries is the direct result of oppressive regulations? China's exponential increase in coal-fired electricity plants was needed to manufacture American goods. Their coal dust is now reaching North American shores. Chinese manufacturing creates more ground, water and airborne pollutants than American manufacturing performed under current regulations. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/25/4004051/letters-to-the-editor-police-shootings.html#ixzz1boHWJDaq Chris Paine: Recharging Hope In Electric Cars. No villains appear in Chris Paine's new film, "Revenge of the Electric Car" -- a stark contrast to its 2006 predecessor. "Who Killed the Electric Car?" came complete with a search for the discarded bodies of General Motor's EV1 (eventually found crushed in a junkyard), a funeral and accusations that the auto industry and oil companies had teamed up to destroy the promise of a zero-emission vehicle. But Paine had a feeling the electric car would eventually come back. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/25/chris-paine-revenge-electric-car_n_1029665.html The answer, my friend, to better air quality is blowing in the wind. It is a scene that happens dozens of times – if not more – each day in Manteca. Leaf blowers are revved up to move everything from lawn clippings and leaves to dirt. It is one of the most insane things we do to damage our health and to essentially burn fossil fuel to accomplish very little. If you doubt that, take a look at most folks who use leaf blowers. They simply blow the debris into the street to scatter to the four winds. They rarely get it in a pile and pick it up. Posted. http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/38/article/28634/ BLOGS House Writes a Bill to Excuse U.S. Carriers. One of the stranger bills to be considered by Congress passed by a voice vote on Monday evening. Officially named the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011, it essentially tells American airline carriers that it is illegal for them to participate in the European Union’s cap and trade system, which charges companies for producing emissions beyond their allotted limit. Beginning Jan. 1, all flights landing at European Union airports will in theory incur a penalty if they produce excessive emissions. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/house-writes-a-bill-to-excuse-u-s-carriers/ Mazda to debut next-generation midsize sedan diesel concept and CX-5 SUV with SKYACTIV Technology at Tokyo Motor Show; new push on clean diesels in Japan market. Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the global premiere of the Mazda Takeri next-generation midsize sedan concept car at the upcoming 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. Mazda will also hold the Japan debut of the new CX-5 crossover SUV. Both vehicles are equipped with the full array of Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology (earlier post). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/10/mazda-20111025.html