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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 23, 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 New valley air alert system begins today. The first Air Alert started today, advising San Joaquin Valley residents to cut down on driving and other engine use through the weekend. The alerts are a new campaign by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to curtail smog when it might exceed limits set by the federal government. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/22/1826227/new-valley-air-alert-system-begins.html California voters could be asked to scrap environmental laws. The California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, and the California Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act would be repealed and the California Environmental Protection Agency and Air Resources Board would be abolished under a proposed amendment to the California Constitution. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=19846 CLIMATE CHANGE Doubts about climate change drive attack on state air board. Climate change skepticism by one congressman among California's 53 ordinarily wouldn't matter much. But coming from Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it's now leading to one of the most significant attacks ever on California's top smog-fighting agency -- the state Air Resources Board. Issa, representing a conservative north San Diego County district, does not dispute that the globe has warmed. It's the pace of warming he questions, doubting that action is urgent. He also questions how much warming is man-made and whether the actions of one country alone can make much difference. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19397374?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19397374?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_19397374 Climate Change: South Africa has much to lose. Imagine the savannas of South Africa's flagship Kruger Park so choked with brush, viewing what game is left is nearly impossible. The Cape of Good Hope without penguins. The Karoo desert's seasonal symphony of wildflowers silenced. Climate change could mean unthinkable loss for South Africa, which hosts talks on global warming that will bring government negotiators, scientists and lobbyists from around the world to the coastal city of Durban next week. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5giwzYbZ55q6cnlCj2haKvjjJNq9Q?docId=2c56f255237f4019b0757f07d15d65bd AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/climate-change-weaving-tapestry-of-change-in-south-africa-researchers-say/2011/11/23/gIQABNIVoN_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/11/23/2625284/climate-change-south-africa-has.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19398411?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19398411?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/23/international/i072651S37.DTL AMBAG helps local cities make sense of climate action plans. Climate change policy doesn’t move at the speed of an SUV commuting from the suburbs, or even a bulldozer at a development site. It creeps along at the pace of a buffet line at Bayonet and Black Horse golf clubhouse in Seaside. That’s where, on Nov. 16, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments’ Energy Watch program hosted a luncheon on what state climate legislation means for local governments. Posted. http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2011/nov/23/thinking-caps/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Air Board Finally Addresses Dray-off Problem at Ports. The California Trucking Association (CTA) released the following statement on the California Air Resources Board (ARB) filing of revised rules to end the dubious practice known as ‘dray-off’ at California ports. “California port trucking companies have invested approximately $2 billion in new trucks and retrofits to meet ARB mandates for trucks entering California’s ports and rail yards,” said Richard Coyle of Devine Intermodal and Chair of CTA’s Environmental Policy Committee and Northern Intermodal Conference. “California port trucking companies will have a level playing field to keep commerce flowing and the air cleaner.” Posted. http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/air-board-finally-addresses-dray-off-problem-at-ports FUELS Livestock farmers say ethanol eats too much corn. Livestock farmers are demanding a change in the nation's ethanol policy, claiming current rules could lead to spikes in meat prices and even shortages at supermarkets if corn growers have a bad year. The amount of corn consumed by the ethanol industry combined with continued demand from overseas has cattle and hog farmers worried that if corn production drops due to drought or another natural disaster, the cost of feed could skyrocket, leaving them little choice but to reduce the size of their herds. A smaller supply could, in turn, mean higher meat prices and less selection at the grocery store. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/23/livestock-farmers-say-ethanol-eats-too-much-corn/ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/23/national/a001528S15.DTL GREEN ENERGY Report Lays Out Costs of U.K. Clean Energy Plan. Policies to increase efficiency and give incentives to clean energy technologies will begin saving U.K. households money by 2013, but will add significantly to the energy bills of businesses, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a report Wednesday. The report, which comes as both household incomes and corporate earnings are being squeezed by high price inflation and a weak economy, acknowledged that supporting clean technologies and cutting carbon emissions will have a cost to energy consumers. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204452104577056150797645974.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Firm behind Gulf's clean-energy city cuts staff. The government company building a high-profile green-energy city in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi says it has cut 9 percent of its staff as it looks to trim costs. Masdar said in a statement emailed on Wednesday that the job cuts were part of an annual business planning process designed to "enhance the efficiency and effectiveness" of the company. It didn't say when the cuts took place or which parts of the company were affected. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/23/firm-behind-gulfs-clean-energy-city-cuts-staff/ Potential buyers show little interest in Solyndra. A California solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion-dollar loan from the federal government before declaring bankruptcy says it's been unable to attract much interest from potential buyers to take over its operations. Instead, Solyndra LLC is looking at a piecemeal sale of its assets, with separate auctions for its machinery and equipment, real estate and intellectual property. Solyndra officials told a U.S. bankruptcy trustee Tuesday that no qualified bidders have come forward to buy the company and take over its manufacturing operations. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/ap/business/potential-buyers-show-little-interest-in-solyndra/article_0b59ff30-c1aa-531c-a5be-2d0343c04b63.html OPINION For Detroit, size matters. Launching its biggest environmental accomplishment, the Obama administration has proposed rules that would determine how far 2025 cars go on a gallon of gas and how much global warming pollution they emit. Surprisingly, the auto companies support the strong rules. Even more surprisingly, though, they can dictate how successful the program will be. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gerstenzang-emissions-20111123,0,7234340.story Jane Warner and Wendy Greuel: Clean cars -- it's a California thing. It is a good month for Californians who prefer to breathe freely -- especially the 90 percent of us who live where the air is unhealthy. For example, the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, including Riverside and Long Beach, has the worst air in the nation in terms of ozone pollution, better known as smog. The California Air Resources Board once again has stepped forward to lead the nation with an ambitious plan to clean up air pollution caused by passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/opinions/ci_19393253 BLOGS MIT study finds including non-CO2 emissions from synthetic aviation fuel in lifecycle analysis of climate impact can lead to decrease in relative environmental merit; need for a holistic analysis framework. A new study by researchers at MIT has found that factoring the non-CO2 combustion emissions and effects into the lifecycle of a Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (SPK) aviation fuel can lead to a decrease in the relative environmental merit of the SPK fuel compared to conventional jet fuel. As a result, they suggest in a paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, climate change mitigation policies for aviation that rely exclusively on relative “well-to-wake” lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a proxy for aviation climate impact may overestimate the benefit of alternative fuel use on the global climate system. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/11/stratton-2011123.html