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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 27, 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 Political Signal Needed to Secure UN Carbon Market’s Future, Norway Says. Climate envoys should send a “political signal” at the upcoming summit on their willingness to continue the United Nations carbon market to allay investors’ concerns about its future, Norway’s chief negotiator said. More than 190 nations will meet in Durban, South Africa, from Nov. 28 until Dec. 9 to discuss climate-protection rules for the period after 2012, when the current emission-reduction targets for developed nations under the Kyoto Protocol expire. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-27/political-signal-needed-to-secure-un-carbon-market-s-future-norway-says.html http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-27/political-signal-needed-on-un-carbon-market-future-norway-says.html Trader foes. After more than three years, the nation’s first broad-based greenhouse-gas trading market was unanimously adopted last week. “It sends a clear signal to the global-investment community that investing in clean tech in California will be rewarded,” said Air Resources Board chairwoman Mary Nichols. Posted. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/trader-foes/content?oid=4255517 VEHICLES Paving way for electric cars. Local officials discuss how to make driving clean vehicles a feasible option. Victorville • Electric cars are a rare sight in the Victor Valley today, and their few owners are likely hard-pressed to find convenient charging stations. But local officials are beginning to discuss how to make driving the clean vehicles a more feasible option for residents in coming years. On Wednesday, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District hosted a workshop on planning for the future needs of electric vehicles. Posted. http://www.vvdailypress.com/articles/victorville-30910-way-cars.html GREEN ENERGY Huge solar power plants are blooming in California's southern deserts. Mojave Desert -- At first glance, California's vast Mojave Desert seems barren: mile after mile of dust, sand and scrubby creosote bush under a blistering sun. But the huge desert, which spans an area larger than West Virginia, is becoming speckled with gigantic solar power plants that are creating hundreds of construction jobs and, when complete, will generate electricity for millions of homes. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19200152?source=rss California's cleantech leadership faces competition. States like Mississippi and Oregon are aggressively courting Silicon Valley cleantech startups to locate their manufacturing outside of California with tax incentives and low-interest loans, and California has to fight back and encourage companies to manufacture in-state, according to cleantech executives and investors who attended a meeting Wednesday in Fremont. "California is a cleantech leader, but we can't rest on our laurels," said Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors, which has a sizable cleantech portfolio. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19200846?source=rss California panel resumes green energy tax breaks. Sacramento, Calif. A state panel voted Tuesday to resume a tax break program for clean energy manufacturers after lawmakers found the effort has been working as intended to help foster alternative energy in California. The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority had temporarily suspended the program after awarding $25 million in sales tax breaks to the failed Fremont solar startup Solyndra. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9QK1VC01.htm Which are cheaper—tradeable credits or feed-in tariffs? A few years ago, a heated debate started within the U.S. solar industry about which was more cost-effective: solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) or feed-in tariffs (FITs). Now that we've had more experience with both policies, the question is again being asked. Researchers at the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) attempted to answer this question, and released a report earlier this month concluding that long-term contracts for clean energy are more cost-competitive than tradeable credit markets. Posted. http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-10-26-which-are-cheaper-tradeable-credits-or-feed-in-tariffs MISCELLANEOUS State sues over bottles' 'biodegradable' labeling. San Francisco -- A plastic bottling company and two bottled-water companies are selling their products in California in containers labeled "biodegradable," a designation that is both false and illegal, Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday in a lawsuit. The suit seeks to remove the bottles from store shelves throughout the state using a 2-year-old California law that prohibits labeling any plastic food or beverage container as biodegradable. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/26/BA071LMNNR.DTL&feed=rss.bayarea OPINIONS ARB’s decision shows California as economic powerhouse making smart move. California’s Air Resources Board has unanimously adopted its cap-and-trade regulation on, the final and most critical piece of its landmark climate policy, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) co-sponsored. We now have the beginning of the most comprehensive carbon market in North America, which underscores the fact that sensible climate policy is still within reach in the United States. Posted. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=103ghvi53t4tv0q&1=1&xid=103emo85kuwh4e2&done=.103f66qo8qucmkr&_credir=1319729222&_c=103ghvi53t4tv0q Cap-and-trade challenges. California again leads the nation in responding to global warming. With adoption last week of the nation’s first comprehensive, state-administered cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, California has once again led the way in combating climate change. This follows upon its earlier leadership in compelling reductions in vehicle emissions that paved the way for the assertive national efficiency standards adopted by the Obama administration in 2009. Posted. http://www.newsreview.com/chico/cap-and-trade-challenges/content?oid=4256110 Not the time to play politics with climate change. For the clueless or cynical diehards who deny global warming, it's getting awfully cold out there. The latest icy blast of reality comes from an eminent scientist whom the climate-change skeptics once lauded as one of their own. Richard Muller, a respected physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, used to dismiss alarmist climate research as being "polluted by political and activist frenzy." Frustrated at what he considered shoddy science, Muller launched his own comprehensive study to set the record straight. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111027/A_OPINION0608/110270319&cid=sitesearch BY SUBSCRIPTION Cap, trade: California’s experiment. If not for laws first enacted in California, American motorists might still not have seat belts, air bags and catalytic converters to protect themselves and the environment. In fact, it could be argued that many of the laws and rules that protect mankind and its environment were first enacted in the Golden State. Now, California is No. 1 again — the first state to adopt landmark cap-and-trade rules for businesses with high levels of emissions, and we’ll just have to wait to see if this milestone grows on the rest of the nation. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/cap-trade-california-s-experiment/article_02ffd2b4-0057-11e1-bea1-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1c0JXceJo The Energy Revolution That Keeps Carbon on Top: Nathan Myhrvold. A remarkable thing happened in Silicon Valley during the past decade. Venture capitalists and entrepreneurs set their sights on clean energy as the Next Big Thing. They audaciously hoped to reinvent energy by harnessing the incredible innovation that had transformed information technology and biotechnology. Some of the best venture capitalists in the business, including my friends Bill Joy and Vinod Khosla, detached from their computing roots and focused on energy startups. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-26/the-energy-revolution-that-keeps-carbon-on-top-nathan-myhrvold.html It's time to raise California's gas tax. California urgently needs more money to rebuild its public facilities. Increasing the gas tax, last boosted 21 years ago, would let the state pay for much-needed transportation projects without costly borrowing. There are three main reasons why the state has not been rapidly rebuilding California's public facilities, despite an urgent need. Two of them I've written about recently: gubernatorial ambivalence and bureaucratic inertia. But the third is a more long-term problem. The state simply does not have enough money to build all that it needs. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cap-infrastructure-20111027,0,3360956,print.column Ewart: Golden State's cap and trade plans have broad reach. With so much focus on recent moves to classify oilsands crude as a "dirty" fuel in Europe, it would be easy to overlook the news California has put in place a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The state, which has long been the leader among North American governments on environmental policy, last week brought forward regulations to provide specific timelines and reduction targets for the state's biggest greenhouse gas emitters. Poste. http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Ewart+Golden+State+trade+plans+have+broad+reach/5614095/story.html#ixzz1c0ITiDbB BLOGS D.C. dawdles, California leads on climate. We could smell the sweet winds of change all the way up in Washington State last week, when California adopted final rules to implement a cap and trade program to reduce climate pollution across its economy, beginning in 2013. California got it right. Cap and trade is a policy at the scale of the problem: big, complex policy to deal with a big, complex problem. The state’s action to embark on cap and trade, along with a suite of other essential clean energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation polices, matters far beyond its borders. Posted. http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/10/26/d-c-dawdles-california-leads-on-climate/ Exploring Corn, Energy and Humanity’s Growth Spurt. I’ve been on the road, learning about damaging and sustainable agricultural methods (and a big corn-to-ethanol plant) in Iowa, meeting with hundreds of science-oriented high school students in Houston to discuss energy and innovation and speaking about how new opportunities for globally sharing and shaping insights and information can be a prime route toward sustaining human progress on a finite planet (and on a tight budget). Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/exploring-corn-energ-and-humanitys-growth-spurt/ Fossil Fuels as the Whale Oil of the Future. Amory B. Lovins, the longtime efficiency guru, has a new book out that analyzes the possibility of converting the nation to almost total reliance on renewable sources of energy. The conclusions may not win instant acceptance, but it is certainly in the running for the best-blurbed energy book of the year. Chelsea Green Publishing “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era” carries a quote on the cover from Bill Clinton, who says it is a “wise, detailed and comprehensive blueprint.” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/fossil-fuels-as-the-whale-oil-of-the-future/?pagemode=print