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California Air Resources Board News Clips for December 9, 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 2 residents appeal NW Pa. tires-to-energy plant. Two people who live near the site of a proposed tires-to-energy plant in northwestern Pennsylvania have appealed the state's approval of an air-quality plan. Leah Humes, a teacher, and Robert Concilus, a doctor, believe the Crawford Renewable Energy plant will produce more air pollution than the company or the state Department of Environmental Protection claim, the Erie Times-News ( http://bit.ly/vokGg3) reported Friday. "Developers didn't show where some of these numbers came from," Humes said. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19504878?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19504878?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com House blocks nonexistent rule on farm dust. The House has passed a bill to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from cracking down on farm dust, even though the agency says it has no plans to regulate that pollution. The idea that farm dust could be regulated has proved a popular topic on the campaign trail, riding a wave of anti-regulation sentiment. Republicans and some Democrats have told farm-state audiences that the EPA is considering a crackdown on farms, even though the agency issued a public statement in October calling that a "myth." Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/dec/08/house-votes-to-block-nonexistent-farm-dust-rule/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/house-blocks-nonexistent-rule-on-farm-dust/article_cf55f35a-1182-5b92-b11b-9c6378c5b033.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/12/08/1979458/house-votes-to-block-nonexistent.html Another spare-the-air alert called for Friday. Friday will be the third consecutive day this week to have a Winter Spare the Air alert, and the pattern could continue to Saturday, air-quality officials said. Wednesday's was the first Winter Spare the Air alert of the season. Crisp weather since midweek has kept a cold air mass packed underneath a warmer air mass, trapping pollution closer to the ground, said Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokeswoman Kristine Roselius. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/09/BACC1MA6V2.DTL On the right track. Central California Traction Co. unveiled a new, bright red locomotive Thursday in Stockton, saying it should sharply reduce the short-line railroad's fuel bill and help ease air pollution in the Central Valley. During a recent five-week test run, the new engine provided a 51 percent savings in fuel consumption as well as a roughly 85 percent reduction in emissions of nitrous oxides and a 90 percent reduction in particulate matter compared to older locomotives, said Dave Buccolo, CCT's general manger. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111209/A_BIZ/112090312&cid=sitesearch CLIMATE CHANGE Talks on Climate-Change Fund Make Progress. Climate negotiators Thursday reported some progress to establish a fund to help mitigate the impact of climate change, even as they contended with the possibility that talks here could end Friday without a global agreement to reduce emissions after 2020. "We...are going to be rapidly setting up the green fund," said Todd Stern, the chief U.S. envoy here. "It has made a lot of progress; I think it's an area that is among the most advanced," of those under discussion in Durban, he said. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203501304577086502352895284.html?KEYWORDS=greKEYWORDS%3Dgreen+energy UN climate talks on edge heading into final hours. The United States, China and India could scuttle attempts to save the only treaty governing global warming, Europe's top negotiator said Friday hours before a 194-nation U.N. climate conference was to close. After two weeks of negotiations, talks went through the night Thursday with delegates struggling to keep Durban from becoming the graveyard of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/08/international/i092603S09.DTL California Becoming World's Second Largest Carbon Market. While world leaders jostle to make or hinder progress on international climate policy in Durban, South Africa, California’s cap-and-trade program — part of the state’s groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act — won an important victory this week on the path to implementation in 2013. On Tuesday a San Francisco superior court approved the state’s recently submitted environmental impact analysis, confirming that California has adequately studied alternatives for how to meet its climate goals. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericagies/2011/12/08/california-becoming-worlds-second-largest-carbon-market/ ICF International Announces California AB32 Cap-and-Trade Outlook. CF International /quotes/zigman/101084/quotes/nls/icfi ICFI -0.39% , a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its California Cap and Trade Market Outlook, a special report of ICF's Integrated Energy Outlook series. The study presents ICF's views on emission allowance prices and the potential sources for emission reductions under California's recently approved greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program, as well as highlighting the program's impacts on the California power market. Posted. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/icf-international-announces-california-ab32-cap-and-trade-outlook-2011-12-08 FUELS CONGRESS: Issa expanding probe of fuel economy standards. Inland Rep. Darrell Issa is intensifying his probe into the California Air Resources Board and the role it played in negotiations that led to tough new federal fuel economy standards. Dissatisfied with information provided so far by the state agency, Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is readying a second round of questions for the board’s chairman, Mary Nichols. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/politics/ben-goad-headlines/20111208-congress-issa-expanding-probe-of-fuel-economy-standards.ece California Calling Oil Sands Dirty Fuel. Canada has found a predictable ally among oil industry executives in its battle to defend oil (tar) sands from a draft EU law. But California, “green” from tip to toe, is giving that defense short shrift via a labeling scheme that allows consumers to buy their fuel based on its lifetime, or “wells-to-wheels” carbon footprint. Posted. http://www.energyboom.com/policy/california-calling-dirty-fuel-its-real-name-oil-sands GREEN ENERGY Solar zones would focus development west of Blythe. The Obama administration is winning support from some major environmental groups to create solar energy zones on public land in the West, with the goal of focusing the developments in areas deemed less valuable to wildlife, views and other resources. But several desert residents told federal officials at a public meeting Thursday night in Palm Desert that solar development in eastern Riverside County would permanently damage vast and sacred landscapes. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20111209-riverside-county-solar-zones-would-focus-development-west-of-blythe.ece VEHICLES EVs are the cheaper solution in the long run – EV Virtual Summit 2011. On 8 December 2011, the EV Virtual Summit 2011 organised by the Smart Grid Observer brought together 12 expert speakers from the EV sector. Topics covered were i.a. the total cost of ownership and safety standards for EVs and batteries. Today, there are around 20,000 electric vehicles on the U.S. market, comprising both full electric vehicles (EV) like the Nissan Leaf and plugin electric vehicles (PHEV) like the Chevy Volt. Judging from investments and announcements by OEMs and battery manufacturers, Arun Banskota, President of eVgo, estimates the number of EVs on U.S. roads by 2020 at 1.6 million. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/71220111209.php California confirms plans to regulate cars emissions and boost electric vehicles. California’s air quality regulator, the Air Resources Board (ARB), has confirmed its plans to introduce new limits to greenhouse gas emissions from cars and put 1.4 million electric, plug-in and hydrogen cars on the road. The plans, which were first unveiled in draft last month, will be considered by ARB for adoption at a meeting on January 26. Posted. http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/i/4712/ MISCELLANEOUS Energy reduction contest will reward NYC schools. A new contest will award a total of $30,000 to New York City schools that reduce their energy use the most. The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/sXjb0x ) says it's part of a project called the Green Design Lab. It brings teachers from a nonprofit environmental group called Solar One into the schools for up to six months. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP060a1530aed6496ebc65ae54daa4cf61.html?KEYWORDS=greKEYWORDS%3Dgreen+energy OPINION Ignoring a global warning. Nero probably didn't really fiddle while Rome burned; for one thing, fiddles as we know them today didn't exist yet, and for another, historians at the time dismissed the story as a rumor. Moreover, it's hard to believe that even a tyrant as petty and murderous as Nero would be foolish enough to watch the burning of his city-state and do nothing about it. But we Americans are. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-climate-20111209,0,3826430.story BLOGS California working with global governors group to include REDD+ in trade scheme. California, which recently signed legislation to allow its businesses to offset their emissions, is working with the Governors Climate Task Force (GCF) to create the necessary requirements and institutions to include REDD+ carbon credits in the state’s compliance market. Carbon credits in California’s emission trading scheme – which will come into effect in 2013 – will have to meet the requirements for being “additional, enforceable, and verified,” said Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, on the sidelines of the UN climate talks in Durban this week. Posted. http://blog.cifor.org/6224/california-working-with-global-governors-group-to-include-redd-in-trade-scheme/ California ARB releases three studies showing fine particle pollution a threat to cardiovascular health. Three new studies released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) show that exposure to airborne fine-particulate matter significantly elevates the risk for premature deaths from heart disease in older adults and elevates incidence of strokes among post-menopausal women. Heart disease is the number one killer in California and is responsible for approximately 35% of annual deaths. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/12/pm-20111209.html