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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 6, 2012. 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 Smoggy Beijing to reveal more pollution data. A bureau in charge of monitoring China's frequently smog-choked capital will release more detailed reports, state media said Friday, following a public outcry over the hazards of fine particle pollution. Beijing's decision to publish the data appeared aimed at appeasing residents' anger over the pollution and a lack of government transparency. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h2PTD1PtBYvN_TApyHMlPWNJRL8g?docId=72c4244667f3462686dcaba35f4f2a86 AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/beijing-agrees-to-release-more-detailed-pollution-data-following-public-outcry/2012/01/06/gIQAEnKOeP_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/06/international/i003341S48.DTL http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/06/2672491/smoggy-beijing-to-reveal-more.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2012/01/06/2013856/smoggy-beijing-to-reveal-more.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19686946?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com A Coal-Fired Plant That Is Eager for U.S. Rules. As operators of coal-fired power plants around the country welcome a court-ordered delay on tighter pollution rules, the owner of a retrofitted plant here says that the rules cannot come too soon. The company, Constellation Energy, says it is an issue of fairness. A little more than two years ago, it completed an $885 million installation that has vastly reduced emissions from two giant coal-burning units at its Brandon Shores plant here, within view of the city’s downtown office towers. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/business/energy-environment/constellation-energy-coal-company-urges-stricter-pollution-rules.html?_r=2&ref=earth Bay Area air quality worst in years this winter. The unusual winter calm and gleaming sunshine that brightened up the holidays is largely responsible for some of the worst air pollution seen in the Bay Area in years, experts said this week. Winter Spare the Air days have been called 12 times since Nov. 1 in the Bay Area, which has exceeded federal health standards for fine particle pollution seven times. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/06/MNGQ1MIBLV.DTL&type=printable DIESEL EMISSIONS Corning in Long-Term Diesel Deals. Corning Inc. has entered into long-term supply agreements with heavy-duty diesel engine, truck, construction and agricultural equipment manufacturers. The terms of these agreements were not disclosed, including the number of companies involved. However, the company specified that the agreements involved core customers and will ensure those manufacturers have access to Corning products in the coming years. Corning is a leading global supplier of cellular ceramic substrates and diesel particulate filters. Posted. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/corning-long-term-diesel-deals-191521085.html FUELS Calif. appeals judge's low-carbon fuels ruling. California officials are appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocked implementation of the state's mandate for low-carbon fuels. Stanley Young, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board, said the appeal was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court. The appeal comes after Fresno-based U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O'Neill blocked California from implementing its first-in-the-nation low-carbon fuel standard. The board will request a stay of O'Neill's ruling next week. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9S30QK80.htm http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/05/state/n121655S35.DTL http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/05/2671678/calif-appeals-judges-low-carbon.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2012/01/05/2012946/calif-appeals-judges-low-carbon.html http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19681726 http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120105/A_NEWS/120109957&cid=sitesearch CARB to appeal LCFS ruling, request enforcement through 2012. Almost exactly two years after filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, a California district court sided with a coalition of ethanol and petroleum interests on Dec. 29, ruling that the LCFS violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against Midwestern ethanol. Posted. http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/8461/carb-to-appeal-lcfs-ruling-request-enforcement-through-2012 http://domesticfuel.com/2012/01/05/california-files-appeal-in-ethanol-ruling/ Natural gas, oil boom spurs sand mining in Midwest. The rolling hills and scenic bluffs of western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota hide a valuable resource that has sparked what's been called a modern-day gold rush. The object of desire is not gold but a soft sandstone needed by drilling companies to unlock underground natural gas and oil supplies in a controversial practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19687884?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/natural-gas-oil-boom-spurs-sand-mining-in-midwest/article_bee1cf16-3501-50f2-a45d-e6485f6e0a4d.html VEHICLES China releases four EV charging standards. Recently, China issued four common standards regarding power charging of EVs that will take effect on 1st March 2012. The standards include requirements for DC/AC charge coupler inlets and the communication protocol between the charging generator and battery management system. How to implement the new standards and make them uniform to existing local standards becomes the crucial task now for China's EV industry. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/72720120106.php MISCELLANEOUS 2nd appeal filed - halts all building for the Cup. A local environmentalist group filed a second appeal against the America's Cup Wednesday. The San Francisco chapter of the Sierra Club is citing concerns about water pollution impacts and other criticisms of the project's final environmental impact report, which the state requires before construction can begin. City planners failed to analyze water pollution, air pollution and possible diesel fuel leaks from the giant floating TV screen that is slated to be installed in Aquatic Park, wrote Rebecca Evans, chair of the San Francisco chapter, in the appeal. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/06/BA2Q1ML4RM.DTL&type=printable http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/06/2672604/environmentalists-challenge-americas.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2012/01/06/2013969/environmentalists-challenge-americas.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19687699?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://blog.sfgate.com/americascup/2012/01/06/2nd-appeal-filed-halts-all-building-for-the-cup/ http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120106/WIRE/120109726 OPINIONS MILLOY: EPA’s statistics not science, but nonsense. The Chinese city of Xi’an has some of the worst air quality in the world. Yet its air is significantly safer than the air in U.S. cities, according to a new study. If you have trouble believing that, then you ought to have trouble believing Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that U.S. ambient air quality is killing tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people per year. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/5/epas-statistics-not-science-but-nonsense/ Surprising safety and fuel efficiency innovations to watch out for this year. A host of new features you may never have heard of - and certainly didn't expect to see in mainstream cars and trucks - will be commonplace by the end of 2012. New technologies and safety and fuel economy concerns have accelerated automakers' innovation into hyperdrive. Here's some of what to watch for in 2012 and at the North American International Auto Show next week…Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/01/06/2013954/surprising-safety-and-fuel-efficiency.html Port of LA Shows You Can Be Pro-Jobs and Pro-Environment. I recently returned from a trade mission to China, Japan, and South Korea. Of the many conversations I had with business leaders and government officials, one thing was clear: Los Angeles is the premier destination for goods entering the United States from the Pacific Rim. But the clock is ticking. We know the folks down in Panama are working hard to widen their canal, and when the widening is done, shippers will have more choice about the destination for their cargo. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antonio-villaraigosa/port-of-la-shows-you-can-_b_1187747.html Is Global Warming A Bipolar Disorder? We now have a full one-third of a century of satellite-measured lower atmospheric temperatures, and what an interesting story the machines are revealing! I think it’s fair to say that they provide increasing evidence in favor of the “lukewarm” view of climate change, or the hypothesis of modest warming. In climate change, “it’s not the heat, it’s the sensitivity”, or the amount of warming that a change in carbon dioxide causes, that is important. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmichaels/2012/01/05/is-global-warming-a-bipolar-disorder/ BLOGS Rethinking the Effects of Aerosols. When you hear the word aerosol, a can of hairspray, spray paint or whipped cream may come to mind. But technically an aerosol is any suspension of liquid or solid particles in a gas. And both natural aerosols, resulting from phenomena like erupting volcanoes or desert winds, and manmade aerosols, like those from crop spraying or burning coal, can have serious climate implications — far more serious than whether your hair stays in place for 12 hours after that squirt of hair spray. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/rethinking-the-effects-of-aerosols/ Call to end $7,500 plug-in vehicle tax credit spreads to WaPo. First Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced legislation calling for an end to the tax credit given to purchasers of electric vehicles, now the Washington Post editorial board has joined in the call. The Post board applauds the expiration of tax breaks for installing charging stations at home or commercial locations, then complains that since electric vehicles are expensive, providing tax breaks on their purchase amounts to a give away to the "well-to-do." Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/05/call-to-end-7-500-plug-in-vehicle-tax-credit-spreads-to-wapo/ MIT: U.S. could have much better MPG, but our cars got fat. Americans have gained weight over the last thirty years, and not just around the midsection. American garages and driveways have also put on pounds as cars have become larger and more powerful. A new study from MIT says that, if not for the increase in vehicle weight, we could already be exceeding vehicle mileage targets still years away. Since 1980, gas mileage is up by 15 percent, an improvement of only about half a percent a year. However, the weight of vehicles has gone up by 26 percent at the same time. Not only that, but horsepower over the period is up by an astounding 107 percent. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/05/mit-u-s-could-have-much-better-mpg-but-our-cars-got-fat/ State launches 'green ribbon award' for schools. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California schools may apply for the inaugural Green Ribbon Award to receive federal recognition as some of the nation's highest-performing green schools. "California is proud to participate in this new federal program to recognize schools with environmentally sustainable learning spaces that have boosted student performance," said Torlakson. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/blogs/thegrade/x1797587748/State-launches-green-ribbon-award-for-schools Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North. Nancy Lord is a writer who has spent her adult life in Alaska. In her new book, Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North, she tells the stories of people and places and natural environments on whom climate change is impacting in her part of the world. She is climate science savvy, understanding why “in the north we live with disappearing sea ice, melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, drying wetlands, dying trees and changing landscapes, unusual animal sightings, and strange weather events”. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/early-warming-crisis-and-response-climate-changed/ Understanding the variability of GHG life cycle studies of oil sands production. a paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, Stanford University assistant professor Adam Brandt reviews a number of recent life cycle assessment (LCA) studies calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil sands extraction, upgrading, and refining pathways—the results of which vary considerably. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/01/brandt-20120106.html The Costs of Inaction: Cement Company Fined $1.7M for Clean Air Act Violations. Cement manufacture accounts for 5% of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Recently, Essroc Cement, the 8th largest cement producer in the country, was found to be in violation of the Clean Air Act and they have agreed to pay $1.7 million in penalty. In addition to this, the company has also agreed to invest approximately $33 million in pollution control technology. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/costs-inaction-cement-company-fined-17m-clean-air-act-violations/comment-page-1/