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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 28, 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 Exelon backs controversial EPA clean air rules. Chicago-based Exelon Corp on Thursday said the Environmental Protection Agency should move quickly to finalize its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and other delayed measures, adding it would be cheaper than subsidizing some renewable power technologies. Exelon's statement comes as U.S. power producers take sides in the federal push to reduce dangerous emissions from coal-fired power plants and makes the biggest U.S. nuclear reactor operator the most vocal industry supporter of stringent EPA rules. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/27/us-utilities-exelon-epa-idUSTRE79Q7NM20111027 Flags work with flying colors. More S.J. schools urged to join air-quality alert program. Lathrop - This wasn't a day to worry about pollution. The air was crisp, the sky was (mostly) blue, and a slight breeze came from the west. But not every day feels so fresh, as 12-year-old Taylor Gapuz - and her inhaler - can attest. Not every day is for running or playing. "When I can't breathe, it gets scary," Taylor said. "It hurts. Once I had to go to the hospital in an ambulance." Taylor, who has asthma, helped Mossdale School raise its first air-quality flag Thursday. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111028/A_NEWS/110280316 CLIMATE CHANGE Earth-observing satellite boosted into orbit to start dual weather, climate change mission. Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. — After a years-long delay, an Earth-observing satellite blasted into space early Friday on a dual mission to improve weather forecasts and monitor climate change. A Delta 2 rocket carrying the NASA satellite lifted off shortly before 3 a.m. from the central California coast. The satellite was boosted into an orbit 500 miles above Earth about an hour after launch. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/earth-observing-satellite-blasts-off-on-weather-climate-change-mission/2011/10/28/gIQApKOiOM_story.html FUELS Chinese, US companies hold China’s first test flight for biofuel-powered jumbo jet. A jumbo jet powered by fuel made from oily nuts made a two-hour test flight Friday as part of a U.S.-Chinese renewable energy partnership. The fuel, based on the oily nuts of the jatropha tree, is one of a series of research projects launched last year by the United States and China, the world’s two biggest oil consumers. The two governments say they want the research to reduce pollution and spur the growth of new industries. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/chinese-us-companies-hold-chinas-first-test-flight-for-biofuel-powered-jumbo-jet/2011/10/28/gIQA7BQmOM_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/28/china-us-companies-test-fly-biofuel-powered/ http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/28/1923492/earth-observing-satellite-blasts.html SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Calif launches crackdown on kitchen grease thieves. One man's trash is another man's biofuel, which is why state agriculture officials are launching a program to crack down on restaurant grease thieves. The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Thursday it's contracting with police to target areas where restaurants leave out used kitchen grease to be picked up by rendering facilities. It can be converted into fuel for diesel cars and trucks. The high cost of diesel fuel has made something that was once without value a sought-after commodity. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111027/A_NEWS/111029892&cid=sitesearch SUBSCRIPTION ONLY UN: Leaded fuel to be gone by 2013. Leaded gasoline, once so widespread it was sold at U.S. pumps as "regular" fuel, is expected to be eradicated globally within two years, the United Nations Environment Program announced Thursday. With the end of leaded gasoline in sight, public health and environmental advocates are claiming victory in a fight that stretches all the way back to when it was first added to gasoline in the 1920s. Leaded gasoline is still used in six nations. Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, North Korea, Myanmar and Yemen are expected to complete the phase-out by 2013, said the U.N., which is assisting those nations. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/27/1922649/un-leaded-fuel-to-be-gone-by-2014.html SUBSCRIPTION ONLY EPA chief encourages college activists in campaign against coal. College environmental activists met Thursday with Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson to tell her what they're doing at their schools to try to shut down campus coal-fired heating plants. "It's so important that your voices are heard, that campuses that are supposed to be teaching people aren't meanwhile polluting the surrounding community with mercury and costing the children a few IQ points because of the need to generate power. It's simply not fair," Jackson said. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/27/1922718/epa-chief-encourages-college-activists.html SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Smithsonian’s American History Museum in Washington shows 100 years of electric car history. Washington — The history of electric cars is going on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with two “electrifying cars” from the early 20th century. A 1904 Columbia electric runabout went on display Thursday with a 1913 Ford Model T touring car. The cars and other objects, including a battery charger for General Motors’ EV1 electric car from the 1990s, are on view through January. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/smithsonians-american-history-museum-in-washington-shows-100-years-of-electric-car-history/2011/10/28/gIQAWCQPOM_story.html GREEN ENERGY Economic Slowdown Challenges Renewable Energy. Top executives from the renewable energy industry said Wednesday that their industry faced huge challenges from the economic crisis and the rise of abundant natural gas, but they insisted that technologies like wind power still made some of the best sense for financiers and governments. Sharpening the battle lines between the renewable sector and the oil and gas industry amid a worsening economy, …Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/business/global/economic-slowdown-challenges-renewable-energy.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Biogas Offers Poor Countries a Cleaner, Safer Fuel. Here’s an unlikely starting point for clean energy: No toilets, and plenty of dung. In developing countries where domestic animals are ubiquitous and sewage systems rare, biogas technology — in this case methane derived from feces — can provide both valuable fuel and improved sanitation. Unlike directly burning animal dung, the methane is clean-burning and odorless. And the technology has benign byproducts: reductions in deforestation and disease. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/business/energy-environment/biogas-offers-poor-countrys-a-cleaner-safer-fuel.html?scp=2&sq=methane&st=cse Obama administration announces desert 'solar energy zones'. The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled its road map for solar energy development, directing large-scale industrial projects to 285,000 acres of desert land in the western U.S. while opening 20 million acres of the Mojave for new development. The Bureau of Land Management's long-awaited "solar energy zones" are intended to make some of the desert's most sensitive landscapes less desirable for solar prospecting …Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-solar-desert-20111028,0,7889585.story BLOGS How we know we’re warming the planet. Plenty of media outlets picked up the news last week that a team of skeptical Berkeley scientists tore through the 20th century temperature data and found… well, they found that the Earth has been warming significantly in the past century, just like NASA and the Climate Research Unit have been telling us all along. My colleague Eugene Robinson called it “the scientific finding that settles the climate-change debate.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/how-we-know-were-warming-the-planet/2011/10/27/gIQAlX8nMM_print.html Long-Awaited Climate Satellite Lifts Off. Five years after its original launch date, a new observation satellite lifted off on Friday in California with a new generation of observation tools critical to weather forecasters and climate scientists alike. At 5:48 a.m., scattered clapping and cheers rippled through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md., as agency officials and staff watched the launch of NASA’s first N.P.O.E.S.S. Preparatory Program satellite at Vandenberg Air Force Base on a bank of screens. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/long-awaited-climate-satellite-lifts-off/ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/10/nasa-weather-satellite-vandenberg.html Interior Dept. Anoints Solar Energy Sites. The Interior Department is pressing on with its efforts to channel solar energy development into the areas with the best sunshine, the fewest potential environmental disturbances and the least political resistance. On Thursday, the department released a provisional plan with a map highlighting 285,000 acres judged to be best suited to such development in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/interior-dept-anoints-solar-energy-sites/ Nissan Leaf to begin New York City taxi pilot progam. New York City streets are about to get a bit more... electric. Nissan and the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission plan to put six Leaf EVs in the hands of owner-operators for one year (a lease, free of charge) as part of a pilot program. The goal is to gain "valuable information" about how the electric machines function as taxis on the busy streets of New York and to show people that EVs are viable options. We'd imagine the machines would work quite well for the short jaunts typical of taxi rides. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/28/nissan-leaf-to-begin-new-york-city-taxi-pilot-progam/ Winter Spare the Air Season Begins Tuesday. Come Tuesday, you'll have to think twice before burning logs in your fireplace or any other solid fuel because Nov. 1 marks the start of the winter Spare the Air season. Unlike the summer season, which calls for Bay Area residents and businesses to reduce vehicle emissions to protect air quality, during the winter, wood burning is the most harmful air pollution. Posted. http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/quality-of-life/winter-spare-air-season-begins-tuesday/ Global Phase-out of Lead in Gasoline Succeeds: Major Victory for Kids' Health. Today marks a major victory for the world’s children, and the people of developing nations around the globe. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), working with NRDC in the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, today announced toxic lead has been removed from gasoline in more than 175 countries worldwide – representing near-global eradication. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/global_phase-out_of_lead_in_ga.html California Finalized Details of Its Cap-and-Trade Program. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) finalized the rules for the golden state’s cap-and-trade program last week. The cap-and-trade program is part of California’s climate change law (AB 32) which mandates greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. The program covers 360 businesses representing 600 facilities, and will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will start in 2013 and will include all major industrial sources plus electricity utilities. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/10/california-finalized-details-cap-trade-program/