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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 2, 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 Q+A-What issues are at stake in the EU-U.S. carbon spat? Twenty-six nations, including the United States, are expected to lodge a formal protest on Wednesday against a European Union law to make all airlines travelling to and from Europe pay for their carbon emissions. The protest at the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO.L meeting in Montreal, Canada, is likely to escalate transatlantic tension, which has triggered an anti-EU bill in the U.S. Congress. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/02/uk-airlines-ets-idUSLNE7A102M20111102 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-02/eu-faces-looming-global-airline-industry-protest-at-carbon-dioxide-limits.html http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/11/eu-faces-more-flak-over-carbon-emissions-scheme/560657/1 House panel to vote on phantom EPA dust rule. Impenetrable gridlock has forced Washington into an era of government-by-talking-point, and earlier this year Republicans found what they saw as the ideal talking point to illustrate a federal bureaucracy gone batty. The Environmental Protection Agency, they warned, was trying to regulate something only God could control: the dust in the wind. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-panel-to-vote-on-phantom-epa-dust-rule/2011/10/26/gIQAFNJ0MM_story.html Group petitions EPA over air in 8 western states. An environmental group has petitioned the federal government to reduce air pollutants in eight western states. WildEarth Guardians says that by law, the Environmental Protection Agency has to designate areas as "nonattainment" areas if they violate certain air-quality standards and put them on the path to cleaning up. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/group-petitions-epa-over-air-in-western-states/article_6e05f54a-a3cd-5dcc-bfe4-985200b37464.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/11/02/1930102/group-petitions-epa-over-air-in.html BY SUBCRIPTION Bakersfield-based company leading fight against harmful emissions. A Bakersfield company is helping in the fight against air pollution with a revolutionary product aimed at decreasing the toxins emitted by diesel vehicles. Viscon California is touting a substance it created that you simply add to diesel fuel to reduce harmful emissions by 25 to 50 percent. But they aren't the only ones high on their creation. The California Air Resources Board or CARB recently verified that Viscon's additive can reduce particulate matter contained in diesel emissions by at least 25-percent. Posted. http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/Bakersfield-based-company-leading-fight-against/kuHmvHqJVkK7zOPKRI3VPQ.cspx Colder weather ahead, wood-burning prohibition to take effect. Now that a mild Halloween has come and gone, Bakersfield residents should steel themselves for dropping temperatures (and a little fall of rain) later this week, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x1967163167/Colder-weather-ahead-wood-burning-prohibition-to-take-effect VEHICLES California's high-speed rail backers take steps to quiet critics. Even as they raised the estimated cost of high-speed rail in California to almost $100 billion over 20 years, the project's organizers on Tuesday were staging a comeback bid. The California High-Speed Rail Authority, which came under criticism in the Legislature and appeared for months to be on the brink of collapse, cast the new cost estimate as a measure of its credibility. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/02/v-print/4023711/californias-high-speed-rail-backers.html Why solar and electric cars should be friends. Solar power and electric cars are an ideal match. Both are tied to the grid and disruptive technologies, which are in an early market stage and which are trying to reduce costs. It just makes sense to partner up, and that’s exactly what some solar panel companies and EV developers and chargers are starting to do. For example, on Tuesday, solar installer REC Solar announced it will start selling General Electric’s WattStation, a level-2 charger that should fill up a car in under eight hours. Posted. http://gigaom.com/cleantech/why-solar-and-electric-cars-should-be-friends/ GREEN ENERGY Solar advocates question Va. charge proposal. Solar power advocates are challenging a residential charge proposed by Dominion Virginia Power they contend would create disincentives for a renewable energy source that is already lagging in the state. The so-called standby charge would apply to large-scale residential solar customers when their thermal panels are not generating enough electricity, typically at night. The General Assembly approved legislation that allows the standby charge for residential solar generation systems ranging from 10 kilowatt hours to 20 kilowatt hours. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/02/solar-advocates-question-va-rate-proposal/ OPINIONS The rich soak up solar subsidies. An 80-kilowatt solar installation sits in Nipton, California, on December 1, 2010. The remote, Mojave Desert town has new solar panels that provide about 85 percent of the community's power. The sun shines on the beachfront mansions of Malibu and La Jolla, just as it does on Compton and Barrio Logan in San Diego. It beams down on the most upscale part of Clovis and its golf course development of Brighton Crest, and on the gritty flats of south and west Fresno. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/11/01/1929542/the-rich-soak-up-solar-subsidies.html BLOGS Climate Change and the Developing World. The United Nations Development Program delivered some dire news Wednesday in its annual Human Development Report. By midcentury, it said, the development progress of the poorest countries will be halted or even reversed if bold steps are not taken to forestall the effects of climate change. “The poorest countries’ really remarkable and often overlooked progress in recent decades now faces this calamity down the road,” said William Orme, a spokesman for the agency. Posted. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/climate-change-and-the-developing-world/?pagemode=print Climate Change Imperils Global Prosperity, U.N. Warns. A new report from the United Nations Development Program warns that if drastic measures are not taken to prepare nations for the impacts of climate change, the economic progress of the world’s developing countries could stall or even be reversed by 2050. This year’s annual report, approaches the issue of climate change and environmental degradation from the standpoint of economic development and the eradication of poverty. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/climate-change-imperils-global-prosperity-u-n-warns/ More on Energy and Climate Paths for California and Beyond. Building on my weekend “Reality Check on Ambitious Climate Targets,” here are two “Your Dot” views of energy and climate paths for California and the rest of the planet, one offered by Alan Nogee, an energy consultant who was until recently the leader of the Clean Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Thomas J. Crowley of the University of Edinburgh, a veteran of decades of climate research who here writes primarily as a resident of a place, Scotland, where energy prices are very high. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/more-on-energy-and-climate-paths-for-california-and-beyond/ A Challenge to Europe’s Airline Emissions Curbs. In another challenge to the European Union’s plan to regulate emissions from the world’s airlines, 26 countries including China and the United States are backing a resolution urging that non-European airlines be exempted. A debate on the resolution is anticipated on Wednesday at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization, an arm of the United Nations, in Montreal. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/another-challenge-to-europes-airline-emissions-curbs/ Judge restricts release of emails among climate scientists. A county Circuit judge in Virginia has sided with the University of Virginia's effort to restrict the release of personal emails from one of its former faculty members. The decision late Wednesday would allow the university to alter an agreement it had reached with the American Tradition Institute, which was seeking communications between Michael Mann, a physicist and climate scientist, and other scientists from 1999 to 2005, when Mann was employed by the university. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/11/climategate-emails-michael-mann-university-of-virginia.html Don't make fun of California's carbon reduction efforts. California is trying to change the rules of the game, getting polluters to expect that they will be charged a gradually higher price for carbon emissions. Will the state's leaders be viewed as a heroes fools? The Editorial writers at the WSJ have some tough things to say about California's AB32 carbon mitigation effort. The regulators at the Air Resources Board are called "elitists" who do not understand the unintended consequences of their well meaning regulations. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Green-Economics/2011/1102/Don-t-make-fun-of-California-s-carbon-reduction-efforts