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ARB News Clips for January 26, 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. CLEAN CAR REGULATIONS Calif. poised to vote on new 'clean car' regs. San Francisco The head of California's air quality board is calling proposed rules that would require automakers to build less-polluting cars and trucks by 2025 a historic move for a cleaner environment. A vote on the rules will come at a meeting that began Thursday of the California Air Resources Board. Board Chairman Mary Nichols says she hopes the rules to require that vehicles emit about three-quarters less smog-producing pollutants will "lead the nation and the world." Posted. http://hosted2.ap.org/PAGRE/8b068da42337421092f81e6bcce678fa/Article_2012-01-26-California%20Clean%20Car%20Standards/id-0c7384284c5b45f5a6dfeb552178ec43 http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_CLEAN_CAR_STANDARDS?SITE=CAANR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/environment/calif-poised-to-vote-on-new-regs-to-cut-auto-pollution-and-increase-zero-emission-vehicles/2012/01/26/gIQAnyBESQ_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/26/national/a001057S87.DTL&type=printable http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_19821240 http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/26/2697943/calif-poised-to-vote-on-new-clean.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/calif-poised-to-vote-on-new-clean-car-regs/article_1552c0c0-fe9b-53e5-bce5-8c0cc39683f5.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19824861?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_19821240?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120126/BUSINESS/120126004/New-clean-car-regulations-considered-by-state-board?odyssey=nav%7Chead http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72017.html#ixzz1kaSSB4p2 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/26/california-to-vote-on-new-clean-car-regulations/ http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/state&id=8519697 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Clean-Car-Program-Zero-Emission-Vehicle-Hybrid-138124558.html http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Calif-Demands-More-Electric-Cars-138123583.html http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/01/26/calif_poised_to_vote_on_new_clean_car_regs/ http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/jan/26/california-poised-vote-new-clean-car-regulations/?print=1 http://www.newsday.com/business/calif-poised-to-vote-on-new-clean-car-regs-1.3480557 http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/morning_call/2012/01/california-air-board-to-vote-on.html http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/24498-1 http://www.hybridcars.com/news/california-expected-approve-landmark-ev-rules-35760.html http://www.torquenews.com/397/election-year-begins-california-seeks-clear-air http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2012/1/26/california_air_board_to_vote_on.htm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tX1xi7iy0Q http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/1512219/New-Smog-Requirements-Proposed.html AIR POLLUTION FirstEnergy closing 6 coal-fired power plants. FirstEnergy Corp. said Thursday that new environmental regulations led to a decision to shut down six older, coal-fired power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, affecting more than 500 employees. The plants, which are in Cleveland, Ashtabula, Oregon and Eastlake in Ohio, Adrian, Pa. and Williamsport, Md., will be retired by Sept. 1. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19826393?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19826393?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Car emissions may fuel desert forest fires. Nitrogen emissions from car exhaust and industrial sources might be increasing forest fires across the California desert by fueling the spread of invasive grasses, according to a new report by the Ecological Society of America. Agricultural nitrogen is also causing groundwater contamination in the state, the report concluded. Most nitrogen in the atmosphere is trapped in an inert form that is unusable by most plants and animals. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/car-emissions-may-fuel-desert-forest-fires-14625 CLIMATE CHANGE Britain ranks top risks posed by climate change. Coastlines, working patterns, and even the country's most famous meal are under threat from climate change, Britain said Thursday in its first-ever national assessment of the likely risks. The 2.8 million pound ($4.4 million) study sets out the most pressing problems expected to affect the United Kingdom as a result of climate change, from rising sea levels to more frequent summer droughts. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gubwafVHHU9KLdK-M8qerqixDAAA?docId=6c8ca7e3548a4db5b09945ef9e588a3b AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-ranks-top-risks-posed-by-climate-change-including-to-nations-beloved-fish-and-chips/2012/01/26/gIQAnnoRSQ_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/26/2698033/britain-ranks-top-risks-posed.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/britain-ranks-top-risks-posed-by-climate-change/article_8eb99a91-e72e-5fc5-9cbf-4bc175a6ffe8.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19825326?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19825326?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government. A Secret History of Free Enterprise and the Government That Made It Possible. Look back on 2011 and you’ll notice a destructive trail of extreme weather slashing through the year. In Texas, it was the driest year ever recorded. An epic drought there killed half a billion trees, touched off wildfires that burned four million acres, and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and buildings. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christian-parenti/why-climate-change-will-m_b_1233903.html?view=print&comm_ref=false Watch 131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds. From our friends at NASA comes this amazing 26-second video, depicting how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1880. That year is what scientists call the beginning of the “modern record.” You’ll note an acceleration of those temperatures in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a cooling effect on the climate, and thus were masking some of the global warming signal. Posted. http://www.climatecentral.org/videos/web_features/nasa-finds-2011-ninth-warmest-year-on-record/ VEHICLES More retail centers installing electric vehicle charging stations. Mall operators and retailers consider the chargers a good investment, a way to one-up competitors and burnish a green reputation — even though few of their customers own electric vehicles. "Charge it" may soon have new meaning at shopping malls and retail centers across the country. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-retail-electricity-charging-20120126,0,4419792.story Tesla Motors to unveil the Model X Feb. 9. For Tesla Motors (TSLA), 2012 is the year of its all-electric sedan, the Model S. But before the Model S even hits the street this summer, the company is stoking interest in its next electric vehicle, the Model X. Described in a regulatory filing as having "the functionality of a minivan with a design as cool as an SUV," the first prototype of the Model X will be unveiled Feb. 9 at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, near downtown Los Angeles. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19820723?source=rss GREEN ENERGY Obama doesn’t back down on clean energy. After every State of the Union speech, pundits rush to lament that the speech contained lofty rhetoric unmatched by substantial policy proposals. All the concrete ideas are “small bore,” a “laundry list.” And indeed, that’s a fair way to characterize last night’s speech. But that criticism misses the point. The president does not control domestic policy. Posted. http://grist.org/politics/obama-doesnt-back-down-on-clean-energy/ MISCELLANEOUS This old house: Why fixing up old homes is greener than building new ones. Looking for the ultimate earth-friendly bungalow? No need to engineer some LEED certified space pod. Buy an old house and gird yourself for an eco-friendly remodel. A study released Tuesday finds that in almost every instance, remodeling an old building is greener than building a new one. Posted. http://grist.org/cities/this-old-house-why-fixing-up-old-homes-is-greener-than-building-new-ones/ OPINIONS Martin Lagod: Other states still look to California to lead the way. There's a formula for success California businesses use to great advantage, in everything from film and aerospace to computers and high tech industries: leadership = market development = jobs. We incubate great ideas here, bring them to market, and then -- most crucially -- lock in our leadership position so we keep the jobs those ideas create in California. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/opinions/ci_19821417 Guest commentary: Cleaner air standards under attack in Congress. The ink has barely dried on the long awaited mercury and air toxics standards, and already there are some in Congress furiously working to unravel this and other vital healthy air protections. A recent survey conducted by the American Lung Association revealed that 60% of Michigan and Ohio voters want EPA scientists, not members of Congress, to set pollution standards. Posted. http://www.freep.com/article/20120126/OPINION05/201260431/Guest-commentary-Cleaner-air-standards-under-attack-in-Congress?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7COpinion%7Cp BLOGS California to Consider Major Revision to Zero-Emission Mandate. This week, the California Air Resources Board, commonly known as CARB, will vote this week on a staff recommendation to require a significant increase of zero- and near-zero-emission cars to be on state roads in 2025. If the program is adopted, it would effectively require the addition of 1.4 million advanced-powertrain vehicles in 2025. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/california-to-consider-major-revision-to-zero-emission-mandate/ Clean Car Agreement Moving Auto Industry & America Forward. In his State of the Union speech, President Obama touted the remarkable turnaround of the auto industry. Critical to this turnaround was the original clean car agreement the administration brokered in 2009. That agreement helped lay the foundations for the industry’s recover by putting fuel-efficiency product plans into high gear. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rhwang/clean_car_agreement_exemplifie.html Study Revises Cost of Long Beach Air Pollution. New research by USC and UMass puts the average price of living with asthma at 7 percent of annual income here, and blames half of new cases on air pollution. Each case of asthma in Long Beach costs an average of $3,819 a year, and local traffic-related air pollution is likely a major cause, a new study says. Posted. http://belmontshore.patch.com/articles/usc-long-beach-pollution-study Mayor Works to Bring Clean Tech to Los Angeles. At the VerdeXchange Marketmakers Conference that took place in downtown Los Angeles this week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave a keynote speech to an audience of 500 industry leaders working to build and shape the green economy of Los Angeles and the nation. The group included individuals working in both the public and private sectors to further the development of technologies and markets related to energy efficiency…Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/mayor-works-bring-clean-tech-los-angeles/