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newsclips -- Newsclips for November 23, 2011

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 10:41:29
California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 23, 2011.

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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individual websites to view some of the following news articles.


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. 

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and Climate Protection Act would be repealed and the California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. 


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. 



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. 

AP Newsbreak:



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. 


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.” 


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. 


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. 

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. 

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. 


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. 

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 


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. 

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