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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 29, 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 EPA Said to Give Power Companies Options to Delay Pollution Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency would let power plants apply for more time to comply with new pollution standards under a rule sent to the White House for review, according to people familiar with the process. The EPA stopped short of granting an across-the-board delay in implementing the rules, as sought by companies such as American Electric Power Co. (AEP) and Southern Co. (SO), …Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-29/epa-proposal-said-to-give-power-companies-option-to-delay-pollution-rules.html CLIMATE CHANGE Japan Aims to Start Bilateral Carbon Offset Program in 2013. Japan aims to start a program to work with companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries in 2013, according to a new set of action plans to be introduced at the climate talks in Durban today. The government has been preparing the bilateral offset credit mechanism program to cut emissions by establishing energy management systems and forest protection projects with Japanese companies such as Toshiba Corp. (6502) and Marubeni Corp. (8002) in developing countries. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-29/japan-aims-to-start-bilateral-carbon-offset-program-in-2013.html China: Kyoto Dispute Puts UN Talks in Peril. China said the debate on whether to extend the Kyoto Protocol’s limits on greenhouse gases risks destroying the international response to global warming, raising the chance this year’s talks in South Africa will fail. Su Wei, the lead negotiator from Beijing, said it’s essential for industrial nations to sign up to another round of emissions reductions under the pact, whose limits expire next year. Japan, Canada and Russia already have rejected extending the treaty. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-29/kyoto-treaty-dispute-puts-un-s-global-warming-talks-in-peril-china-says.html Financing battle emerges at climate change talks. International climate negotiators were at odds Tuesday on how to raise billions of dollars to help poor countries cope with global warming. A major shipping group is willing to help, endorsing a proposal for a carbon tax on vessels carrying the world's trade. Details of the tussle over the funding emerged as the U.N.'s weather agency reported that 2011 was tied as the 10th hottest year since records began in 1850. Arctic sea ice, a barometer for the entire planet, had shrunk to a record low volume, said the World Meteorological Organization. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hUSEGKJg9ZgOzwrbhnE_QptC5eyQ?docId=cdc3bd8ce82a4615ad32197137ce8f49 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/29/international/i091455S64.DTL http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19430690?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19430690?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/globalwarming/story/2011-11-29/global-temperatures-rising-climate-change-conference-durban/51464574/1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/climate-conference-durban_n_1116043.html LG Electronics USA Announces Industry-leading Greenhouse Gas Reduction Commitment. LG Electronics USA today announced it will voluntarily reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 percent by the end of 2020, compared with a 2007 baseline. Like most companies, LG's energy use represents the vast majority of its GHG emissions. LG Electronics USA, the principal North American subsidiary of global leader LG Electronics, has operations in a dozen states with facilities using about 19.4 million kilowatt hours annually. Posted. http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=980734&Itemid=30 DIESEL EMISSIONS Tulare board likely to OK reverting nine garbage trucks back to diesel. It's back to diesel-powered engines for nine of Tulare's 33 garbage trucks. Tulare Board of Public Utilities commissioners are likely to approve Thursday a $132,000 contract to revert to diesel the nine trucks that run on liquefied natural gas and install soot filters, following a mandate from the California Air Resources Board. Porterville's E.M. Tharp submitted the lowest bid for the contract, winning it over three Fresno companies. Posted. http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20111129/NEWS01/111290306 FUELS Renewable Power Trumps Fossils for First Time as UN Talks Stall. Renewable energy is surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in new power-plant investments, shaking off setbacks from the financial crisis and an impasse at the United Nations global warming talks. Electricity from the wind, sun, waves and biomass drew $187 billion last year compared with $157 billion for natural gas, oil and coal, according to calculations by Bloomberg New Energy Finance using the latest data.Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-25/fossil-fuels-beaten-by-renewables-for-first-time-as-climate-talks-founder.html VEHICLES Toyota taking orders in Japan for Prius Plug-in. Toyota began taking orders Tuesday for the plug-in version of its hit Prius hybrid, announcing efficient mileage and a relatively affordable starting price of 3.2 million yen ($41,000), which comes down with green vehicle subsidies. Toyota is targeting Prius Plug-in sales of 35,000 to 40,000 a year in Japan, and 60,000 globally. The car is set for delivery in Japan in January. With subsidies the cost comes down to 2.75 million yen ($35,200). It starts at $32,000 in the U.S. and 37,000 euros in Europe, according to Toyota. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19430637?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com EU project to train EV & charging stations personnel starts. The ELEVTRA project, funded by the European Life Long Learning programme, has kicked off to develop e-learning and hands-on practice courses for electronics technicians involved in maintaining and repairing electric vehicles and charging stations. cars21.com will play an active role in building a cluster of OEMs, engineers and training institutes to validate the quality of developed modules. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/70320111129.php GREEN ENERGY Chinese solar power companies say US trade complaint will hurt American jobs, consumers. Leaders of China’s solar power industry rejected a U.S. trade complaint that they receive unfair government support and said Tuesday possible sanctions would hurt American consumers and development of clean energy. Solar and other renewable energy technology has emerged as an irritant in U.S.-Chinese trade. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/chinese-solar-power-companies-say-us-trade-complaint-will-hurt-american-jobs-consumers/2011/11/29/gIQA5ZcZ7N_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/29/chinese-solar-companies-reject-us-trade/ OPINIONS Energy Subsidies Stymie Wind, Solar Innovation: Nathan Myhrvold. This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched a formal investigation into complaints, lodged by the U.S. solar-cell manufacturers, that the government of China is funneling loan guarantees, grants and subsidies to its solar-cell companies. Apparently, the Commerce Department is shocked, shocked to learn that a government would subsidize the solar industry. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-28/energy-subsidies-stymie-wind-solar-innovation-nathan-myhrvold.html http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/capitol/without_subsidies_solar_and_wind_G2jkVjIuK7yFA5qe3o26cO Democrats need to get real about U.S. energy policy. The former generation of Democratic legislators would have embraced the energy opportunities before the U.S. now. Whoever is president in 2013 will have a rare chance to transform the energy picture. Let me say upfront that I have always been a Democrat. However, I also vote my conscience and have supported independent candidates. Today, energy policy is one area where I think my party is wrong. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ebinger-energy-20111128,0,5467217.story Thomas Elias: Climate change doubts behind attack on smog board. Climate change skepticism by one congressman among California's 53 ordinarily doesn't matter much. But coming from Darrell Issa, the 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 lead smog-fighting agency, the state Air Resources Board (ARB). Issa, representing a conservative north San Diego County district, does not dispute that the globe has warmed. Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20111129/OPINION04/111290302/Thomas-Elias-Climate-change-doubts-behind-attack-smog-board http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/elias/elias-climate-change-doubts-behind-attack-on-smog-board/article_30e5156f-d024-5e3e-8a85-22b01f029873.html http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_19397374 BLOGS Straight Talk on Climate Progress in California and Beyond. With the latest round of contentious international climate treaty negotiations getting under way in Durban, South Africa, it’s worth revisiting what would be required to meet ambitious targets set for greenhouse gases in California, a state that already has pledged meaningful action. There’s a new peer-reviewed study of California’s plans, published in the current issue of Science that largely echoes points made in a study by the California Council on Science and Technology …Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/real-world-paths-to-climate-progress-in-california-and-beyond/?src=twrhp Qatar, Greenhouse Gas Titan, Will Host Next U.N. Climate Summit. The Persian Gulf nation of Qatar has been selected as the site of next year’s United Nations climate change meeting, edging out South Korea. The announcement came as this year’s meeting opened in Durban, South Africa, with delegates from 194 nations facing growing concerns about rising global temperatures and more frequent climate-related catastrophes. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/qatar-greenhouse-gas-titan-will-host-next-u-n-climate-summit/ Will the Lights Stay On in Texas and New England? Texas and New England may soon run short of the generating capacity they need to reliably meet peak loads, largely because old plants will be retired rather than retrofitted to meet new pollution rules, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation reported on Monday. The reliability corporation, assigned by the federal government to enforce rules on the power grid, issued a 10-year forecast that conveys a greater level of uncertainty than previous predictions. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/will-the-lights-stay-on-in-texas-and-new-england/ 2011: A year of extreme weather, and the 10th-hottest on record. Reporting From Johannesburg, South Africa -- The last 15 years have been the hottest on record and included all 10 of the warmest years, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization announced Tuesday as 20,000 delegates from more than 190 countries met in South Africa to try to hash out a way forward to halt climate change. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/11/2011-a-year-of-extreme-weather-and-the-10th-hottest-on-record.html How California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Can Help Move America Beyond Oil. This year, California began quietly implementing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) that will result in production of clean, safe and renewable forms of energy to fuel our cars and trucks. The LCFS is one of the state's biggest measures to reduce our oil dependency, spur much-needed investment, and creating clean fuel jobs that will aid California's economic recovery. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/smui/california_begins_moving_beyon.html