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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 16, 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 Air quality district internal emails expose manipulations. (Editor’s note: This is the second in a multi-part series about questionable activities of the San Luis Obispo County Air Quality Control District. Part one was Air quality district’s bloated salaries. See Alleged flaws in the study at the bottom of this story) It sounded like a good idea. Fine the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area for allowing particulate pollution caused by recreational vehicles. Posted. http://calcoastnews.com/2011/11/air-quality-district-internal-emails-expose-manipulations/ CLIMATE CHANGE Analysis: China climate role could be to corner U.S. China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, could nudge the United States into more action on climate change, rescuing the latest round of global talks and improving its international reputation. Expectations remain extremely low that a new global deal can emerge from a summit later this month in Durban, South Africa. But it could lay the foundations for a future deal and desperate negotiators are looking to China to help isolate the United States in its stubborn climate change denial, even if it is only for reasons of enlightened self-interest. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/16/us-un-climate-china-idUSTRE7AF1JU20111116 Experts debunk polls claiming fewer Americans believe in climate change. Politicians, pundits, and the public have all been told by the media and others that public belief in global warming has dropped sharply. Except that it hasn't, as polling by Stanford, Ipsos, and Reuters make clear. Yes, other polls, notably by Gallup and Pew, do seem to seem to show a sharp drop. But in exclusive interviews with Climate Progress, two leading experts on climate, public opinion, and media coverage -- Jon Krosnick and Max Boykoff -- explain what's really going on. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-11-16-experts-debunk-polls-claiming-fewer-americans-believe-in-climate With Federal Climate Policy Stuck in Neutral, California Moves Ahead. While there has been little progress on national climate policy this year, California has quietly continued to make strides in implementing its comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction program. Last month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to finalize the regulations instituting California’s new greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. This program is one key element of California’s comprehensive program to implement the Global Warming Solutions Act (or AB 32), which was signed into law in 2006 by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Posted. http://insights.wri.org/open-climate-network/2011/11/federal-climate-policy-stuck-neutral-california-moves-ahead Obama: Global warming pact is 'tough slog'. President Obama said today he is still pushing for a worldwide agreement to battle global warming by reducing carbon emissions, but it is "a tough slog" in hard economic times. "Ultimately, what we want is a mechanism whereby all countries are making an effort," Obama told reporters today in Australia. "And it's going to be a tough slog, particularly at a time when a lot of economies are still struggling. But I think it's actually one that, over the long term, can be beneficial." Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/11/obama-global-warming-pact-is-tough-slog/1 DIESEL EMISSIONS With Plug-in Power for Ships Installed, Port of Long Beach Goes Greener. State and locally elected leaders joined shipping company executives and Port of Long Beach officials this past Monday to dedicate the Port’s newest shore power installation. Shore power allows ships at berth to shut down their diesel engines and plug into electricity to reduce air pollution. To use the words of Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard Steinke, it "allows the port to grow -- but grow smarter[.]" The Pier C container shipping facility operated by the Matson Navigation Company and SSA Terminals Incorporation is the fourth Port of Long Beach terminal to be equipped with shore power. Posted. http://www.lbpost.com/news/staffreports/12775 FUELS California is first in U.S. for gas waste. Austin, Texas - Californians are among the top fuel-wasting drivers in the nation, burning up more than 38 million gallons in the most congested roadways last year, according to a report released Tuesday. The study by the Texas Transportation Institute examined 328 of the most congested stretches of highway in the nation and ranked roadways based on the amount of fuel wasted due to congestion. Seven of the top 10 fuel-wasting stretches were in Los Angeles, accounting for more than 38 million wasted gallons of gasoline and diesel in 2010, researchers found. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_19343431?source=rss Iraqi Cabinet Approves Royal Dutch Shell’s Natural Gas Contract. Baghdad — Iraq’s cabinet approved a multibillion-dollar contract on Tuesday for Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, to collect the vast amount of natural gas emitted, and currently burned off, as oil is pumped to the surface at three major oil fields in the south. The project, which will eventually greatly reduce Iraq’s greenhouse gas emissions, is intended to bring modern methods of managing oil fields to an industry frozen in time by sanctions and the war. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/world/middleeast/iraqi-cabinet-approves-royal-dutch-shells-natural-gas-contract.html VEHICLES Air Resources Board may boost low-emission cars. By 2025, 15 percent of the new cars and small trucks sold each year in California would have to be powered by batteries, fuel cells or some other technology that produces little or no air pollution under rules that state regulators will propose next month. The rules, from the California Air Resources Board, would force automakers to sell an increasing number of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the state beginning in 2018. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/15/BUC91LVJ7C.DTL Green Car of the Year finalists: different approaches to 'green' It’s not just about fuel economy anymore. The five 2012 Green Car of the Year finalists showcase the different ways we can drive with a smaller carbon footprint. “There’s all-electric, a diesel, a natural gas and there’s a hybrid,” said John O’Dell, senior editor at Edmunds.com. “That shows the industry is finally getting to the point where there’s some consumer choice in green offerings. When you look at those vehicles, they run the gamut of fuel types, price range and vehicle types.” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-auto-show-green-car-finalists-20111115,0,7552780,print.story Electric Cars, Solar Energy Headed to 'Green Graveyard'? Electric vehicles have been fascinating consumers and investors since the first whispers of their development. Early reports on the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt seemed to entice both potential buyers and analysts who imagined a speedy embrace of the new technology. Investors also flocked to shares of Tesla (TSLA), the maker of luxury electric sports cars, on enthusiasm for the general concept for e-vehicles. Posted. http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=26875 California Now Has 100 EV Charging Stations. California has reached a major milestone in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure with 100 EV charging stations. EV Connect, a leading provider of electric vehicle infrastructure solutions and Clipper Creek, producers of the world’s first Underwriters Laboratories listed vehicle charge stations, announced the 100th charging station deployment this week. It is located in the Waterfall Building garage in downtown Sacramento. The public access garage serves primarily government employees and the EV spaces are consistently full. Posted. http://domesticfuel.com/2011/11/16/california-now-has-100-ev-charging-stations/ More than 60% of UK companies willing to adopt EVs in their fleets by 2013. The results of the 5-month trial incorporating electric vehicles (EVs) in major UK fleets demonstrate augmented interest of companies in EVs and increased willingness of fleet managers to include clean vehicles into their fleets before 2013. The final project of the two-year Smart Move EV programme led by Cenex targeted twelve major fleets in the United Kingdom including Indesit, Stagecoach, Asda or national car club Commonwheels. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/69320111116.php California Continues To Reward Electric Vehicle Buyers. The California Air Resources Board has tripled the annual budget of its Clean Vehicle Rebate Project from $5 million to $15 million. The money will be used to reimburse new electric vehicle owners and leasers up to $2,500. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, a member of the Air Resources Board, presented the first of the rebate checks to Kim Adelman of Poway Tuesday morning. Posted. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/nov/15/california-continues-reward-electric-vehicle-buyer/ Ford: 68% of U.S. drivers have poor opinion of automaker's fuel economy. Ford Motor Co. said 68 percent of U.S. consumers don't believe the automaker's cars and trucks are fuel efficient. "There are 240 million people driving vehicles in America and only 32 percent have a good opinion of Ford on fuel economy," Jim Farley, Ford's global marketing chief, said today at the Barclays Capital 2011 Global Automotive Conference. "That means 68 percent don't." Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111114/COPY01/311149725/1186 San Francisco Gives Electric Car Love, Starts “EV Council”. It’s a known fact that certain areas of the U.S. are better known for their love of the electric car than others, but San Francisco wants to go one better with a bid to become the electric car capital of the entire U.S. In order to achieve this, elected official and local business leaders in the bay area have joined together to launch the EV Strategic Council, a workgroup designed to develop the infrastructure needed to facilitate and encourage mass-adoption of plug-in vehicles throughout the city. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1068639_san-francisco-gives-electric-car-love-starts-ev-council GREEN ENERGY Solyndra Was Asked to Delay Layoff News Till After Midterms, Memo Says. Washington - The Energy Department asked the Solyndra solar equipment company to delay an announcement about impending layoffs until after last year’s midterm elections, according to a memo by the Republican staff of the House subcommittee that will call the energy secretary to testify Thursday about a government loan to Solyndra. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/us/politics/solyndra-was-asked-to-delay-layoff-news-till-after-midterms-memo-says.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=print Emails: Energy Dept. tried to delay solar layoffs. The Obama administration wanted the failing solar energy company Solyndra to delay announcing employee layoffs last year until after the 2010 midterm elections, Republican investigators say. A memo prepared by GOP staff at the House Energy and Commerce Committee cites an October 2010 email from an unnamed Solyndra investment adviser to another unidentified investment adviser. The email, according to committee aides, said Energy Department officials were pushing "very hard" to delay making the layoffs public until Nov. 3, 2010— the day after the midterm elections. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/11/16/2616437/gop-says-energy-dept-tried-to.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19347387?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19347387?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com The push is on to discredit clean energy investment. There's always been a tension in U.S. culture between two competing narratives. On one hand, Americans like to think of themselves as pioneers, innovators, forward thinkers -- the country that invests blood, sweat, and treasure today to create a better future for the next generation. We tell ourselves stories about building the cross-country rail and highway systems, gearing up to defeat Hitler, going to the moon, inventing the internet. Posted. http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-11-16-the-push-is-on-to-discredit-clean-energy-investment White House knew Solyndra's condition before Obama's visit. Top Obama administration officials were worried about Solyndra's financial condition just two days before the president's 2010 visit to the Fremont Company, yet allowed President Barack Obama's trip to proceed, according to e-mails released today by House Republicans. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/white-house-knew-solyndras-condition-obamas-visit-13588 MISCELLANEOUS L.A. Auto Show to debut more than 40 vehicles. More than 40 vehicles will be unveiled at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, many of them for the first time in the United States. Ford is leading the pack by introducing four new vehicles at the show, which opens to the press on Wednesday and Thursday. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker will release the next generation of its Escape SUV, Focus sedan, and a five-door Fiesta concept car. Among the eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles that the public has grown to expect at the L.A. event is a surprising three-wheeled hot rod from Morgan Motor Co. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-auto-show-debuts-20111115,0,6418075,print.story High-speed rail agency wants big firms to bid on first stretch. The California High Speed Rail Authority on Tuesday said it wanted large companies doing world-class projects to bid on the first $2 billion rail leg through Fresno. Tens of thousands of jobs would be created on that leg, which, depending on the alignment, would run about 21 to 29 miles from Madera to just south of Fresno, the rail authority said. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/11/15/2616023/high-speed-rail-agency-wants-big.html TTI Study: California roads top fuel-waste list. Californians are among the top fuel-wasting drivers in the nation, burning up more than 38 million gallons on the most congested roadways last year, according to a report released Tuesday. The study by the Texas Transportation Institute examined 328 of the most congested stretches of highway in the nation and ranked roadways based on the amount of fuel wasted due to congestion. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19342879?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19342879?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com OPINIONS Reader Rebuttal (Mike Levin): Cap-and-trade. Your Oct. 26 editorial ["Pollution czars' plan to choke California business"] relentlessly criticizes the market mechanism known as cap-and-trade, thus discounting the past accomplishments of several Republican presidential administrations that enacted the policy with great success. The implementation of cap-and-trade is a positive development for the hundreds of Orange County clean-tech entrepreneurs who are growing companies and creating jobs. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/common/printer/view.php?db=ocregister&id=327064 Bruce Klafter and Pasquale Romano: Silicon Valley companies support stricter clean-air rules for cars. Over the next few weeks, our state will be in the spotlight as a leader in clean-car standards. The California Air Resources Board will unveil new greenhouse gas emissions rules to dovetail with new national fuel-efficiency and tailpipe standards for cars, SUVs, and light trucks. CARB will update the state's groundbreaking zero-emission vehicle program as well. As a result, California residents will get cleaner air and more fuel-efficient automobiles. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_19341741 BY SUBSCRIPTION Global warming is no government issue. Re "Tax carbon to slow climate change" (Monitor editorial, Sept. 14): It's astounding how irrational the Monitor's editorial advocating for a carbon tax truly is. How do you make a leap from "Okay, the Earth seems to be warming" to "Man caused this warming with carbon dioxide emissions and only we can stop this warming with a carbon tax?" This illogical leap leaves me stunned but hoping that most people will see through it now that the ulterior profit-seeking motives of climate scientists have been uncovered and revealed. Posted. http://www.concordmonitor.com/print/292615?CSAuthResp=1321469521%3Avncg8vhpq908jsm1no3sm4m3p4%3ACSUserId%7CCSGroupId%3Aapproved%3A0B3389EAB74A2A62F3609B24443DAB50&CSUserId=94&CSGroupId=1 STATE: Pricey power. California needs a more realistic guiding principle for renewable energy proposals than “money is no object.” The state’s push for green energy does not justify scrapping consumer safeguards. State regulators should ensure that alternative energy plans will not saddle Californians with exorbitant costs. The state’s Public Utilities Commission, however, took a different approach last week. The panel approved a deal for Pacific Gas & Electric to buy solar power at a cost high above market value for 25 years, though the exact numbers remain confidential. The electricity would come from a 250-megawatt Mojave Solar plant proposed for the San Bernardino County High Desert. Posted. http://www.pe.com/opinion/editorials-headlines/20111115-state-pricey-power.ece BY SUBSCRIPTION BLOGS CO2 on the Up and Up. To my eye, this animated graph, produced by the federal Earth Systems Research Laboratory, is one of the best attempts to put the recent human-driven surge in carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere into long-term context: This version, posted on my YouTube channel, trims the initial rise to get to the visual take-home point. Here’s the full animation from the earth systems lab, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/co2-on-the-up-and-up/?pagemode=print 2 Views of Aerosols and Climate Change. Aerosols are small particles or droplets suspended in a gas. While consumers tend to think of them as being dispensed from a pressurized container, some are natural and some are produced by pollution generated by humans. Two recent studies suggest that the latter variety plays an important role in the environment, actually changing weather and climate. A study by a team of researchers led by scientists at the University of Maryland indicates that increases in air pollution from construction, power plants and other sources creates more aerosols,…Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/good-cop-bad-cop-2-views-of-aerosol-and-climate-change/?pagemode=print Smith Electric to Build Trucks in the Bronx. New York would never be mistaken for the Motor City, but on Tuesday, Smith Electric Vehicles announced that it intended to assemble electric trucks in the South Bronx, adding 100 jobs to the region. A package of more than $6 million in state and city incentives sweetened the deal. Smith, based in Kansas City, Mo., manufactures battery-powered box trucks suitable for urban deliveries and has already found customers in New York, including the Duane Reade pharmacy chain and Down East Seafood. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/smith-electric-to-build-trucks-in-the-bronx/ In Los Angeles, Driving the Dark Horse in the Green Car of the Year Sweepstakes. Los Angeles — The 2012 Green Car of the Year Award will be presented Thursday at the Los Angeles auto show. The diverse field of finalists includes two all-electric vehicles, a gasoline-electric hybrid, a diesel-powered model and another that runs on compressed natural gas, or CNG. This week, I have the opportunity to test-drive the CNG entry, the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan; the other finalists are the Ford Focus Electric, Toyota Prius V, Mitsubishi i and the Volkswagen Passat TDI. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/in-los-angeles-driving-the-dark-horse-in-the-green-car-of-the-year-sweepstakes/?pagemode=print California's Clean Cars Program: Driving Innovation at the LA Auto Show. With the LA Auto Show starting in three days, car afficianatos and Joe-public alike will have the opportunity to drool over the latest concept cars and next-generation crossovers (we used to call them station wagons, remember)? One of the biggest media highlights will be the array of cleaner and more efficient cars being shown, including the latest plug-in electric-drive vehicles. My colleagues, Roland Hwang and Max Baumhefner, will join me at the auto show to talk about the cleaner vehicles. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/smui/californias_clean_cars_program.html The health costs of climate change. How much could climate change cost us in health care? According to a new study, more than $14 billion. The study is the first in the U.S. to look at estimated health costs from events that are projected to worsen and become more frequent with climate change – ozone pollution, heat waves, hurricanes, infectious disease outbreaks, river flooding and wildfires. The paper was published in Health Affairs and conducted by Natural Resources Defense Council scientists. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2011/11/15/3814/health-costs-climate-change/ NC Chevy Volt fire likely not caused by plug-in car. When news of a fire in a North Carolina garage housing a Chevy Volt broke last week, green car enthusiasts – and, no doubt, General Motors – sucked in a collective breath. Had the lithium-ion battery pack in the range-extending hybrid suffered from some sort of defect? Or was perhaps the LiMn2O4 chemistry of the LG-supplied cells inherently dangerous? Well, it now appears safe to exhale. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/11/16/nc-chevy-volt-fire-likely-not-caused-by-plug-in-car/