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ARB NEWSCLIPS FOR JANUARY 27, 2012. ARB News Clips for January 27, 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 California passes new auto emission rules. SAN FRANCISCO - California air regulators passed sweeping auto emission standards Friday that include a mandate to have 1.4 million electric and hybrid vehicles on state roads by 2025. California's auto emissions standards are often more strict than federal ones, and the move could set the pace for other states. The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the new rules, which require that one in seven new cars sold in the state in 2025 be an electric or other zero-emission vehicle. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_CLEAN_CAR_STANDARDS?SITE=SCAND&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_19835994 http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/27/v-print/4220304/california-approves-far-reaching.html http://www.modbee.com/2012/01/27/2043850/car-makers-support-califs-new.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/27/2699500/car-makers-support-califs-new.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19833669?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/car-makers-support-calif-s-new-clean-car-regs/article_1552c0c0-fe9b-53e5-bce5-8c0cc39683f5.html http://www.dailynews.com/ci_19833669?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19833669?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/automakers-support-calif-regs-to-cut-auto-pollution-and-increase-zero-emission-vehicles/2012/01/27/gIQACk0iUQ_story.html http://www.siliconvalley.com/green-energy/ci_19835994 http://kstp.com/news/stories/s2469030.shtml http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/13eed6062a384e53b4f892655e9f1956/US--California-Clean-Car-Standards/ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/27/MNQA1MUV0S.DTL&type=printable http://smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?type=wnews&title=Debate%20over%20state’s%20new%20‘clean%20car’%20regulations&id=227449 http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/01/27/automakers-supporting-proposed-calif-clean-car-regulations/ http://rumors.automobilemag.com/california-tests-new-car-regulations-more-plug-in-hybrids-more-hydrogen-gas-stations-104889.html http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/26/carbs-new-zev-mandate-revision-could-add-1-4m-more-advanced-gre/ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/01/27/233007.htm AIR POLLUTION Popular Criticism Cracks China’s Wall of Denial About Pollution. Beijing — Weary of waiting for the authorities to alert residents to the city’s most pernicious air pollutant, citizen activists last May took matters here into their own hands: they bought their own $4,000 air-quality monitor and started posting its daily readings on the Internet. That began a chain reaction. Volunteers in Shanghai and Guangzhou purchased monitors in December, followed by citizens in Wenzhou, who are selling oranges to finance their device. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/world/asia/internet-criticism-pushes-china-to-act-on-air-pollution.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print 3 coal-fired power plants on Lake Erie to close. Chicago -- An Ohio-based utility said Thursday that it will close three Lake Erie coal plants and all but one unit at another, scrapping some of the biggest fish killers on the Great Lakes. Like other power companies that rely on coal, FirstEnergy Corp. faces more-stringent pollution limits and competition from suddenly abundant and relatively cheap natural gas. The company decided it wasn't worth upgrading the Ohio plants, and others in Pennsylvania and Maryland, to comply with new air and water standards. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/26/4218548/3-coal-fired-power-plants-on-lake.html http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/26/4218681/midwest-utility-to-shut-coal-burning.html CLIMATE CHANGE Planners want to direct Bay Area residents to live in existing communities to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions. Concord -- A Bay Area plan for where to build new houses, shops and offices in a way that helps cut greenhouse gases relies on increased population concentrations some communities may reject, a state homebuilding industry representative told Contra Costa business and political leaders Thursday. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_19830649?source=rss http://www.mercurynews.com/cupertino/ci_19830648 Obama admin says new forest rules stress science. The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging. The new rules, to replace guidelines thrown out by a federal court in 2009, are set to take effect in early March. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the rule change on Thursday. Vilsack said in an interview that the rules reflect more than 300,000 comments received since a draft plan was released last year. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/26/2698434/apnewsbreak-us-to-unveil-new-forest.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy VEHICLES Auto Retailer Heralds a Turnaround, Citing Demand to Replace Aging Cars. The nation’s biggest automotive retailer on Thursday reported strong financial results for 2011 and suggested the recovery of the American car market had reached a turning point. AutoNation, which sells domestic and import brands at more than 250 dealerships across the country, said its fourth-quarter revenue increased 13 percent to $3.7 billion and its profits rose by 3 percent to $69 million. Posted. www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/business/citing-increased-demand-autonation-improves-its-outlook.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=vehicles&st=cse Ford posts big profits but misses Wall Street. Ford's stock price fell after weak sales in Europe and production losses in Asia hurt fourth-quarter earnings. Ford Motor Co. reported $13.62 billion in net income, but investors brushed off the result because most of that came from an accounting change. Excluding that change, earnings totaled $1.1 billion, or 20 cents a share, missing Wall Street expectations by 5 cents. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_19834060?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com GREEN ENERGY Obama looks to Mich. to revive clean energy debate. A Michigan factory that made luxury yachts before the recession and diversified to add wind energy products when times got tough was touted by President Barack Obama at his State of the Union Address as an example of an industry creating forward-thinking jobs _ with a little help from the government. In urging Congress to approve clean energy tax credits, Obama cited Energetx Composites LLC, a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Holland, Mich., that received millions in government assistance. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/obama-looks-to-mich-to-revive-clean-energy-debate/article_4701336a-ca00-5ef2-8ada-e8170df305e6.html http://www.dailynews.com/ci_19828284?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19831130?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/26/2698797/obama-looks-to-mich-to-revive.html#storylink=misearch Parent of Obama-backed battery maker goes bankrupt. The parent company of an electric car battery maker that received a $118 million grant from the Obama administration filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday. New York-based Ener1 said it has been affected by competition from China and other countries. Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel received a $118 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department in 2009, and Vice President Joe Biden visited the company's new battery plant in Indiana last year. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/parent-company-of-car-battery-maker-that-received-energy-dept-grant-files-for-bankruptcy/2012/01/26/gIQA78QKUQ_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2012/01/26/2043600/parent-of-obama-backed-battery.html SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.dailynews.com/ci_19831130?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19831130?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com OPINIONS Editorial: San Francisco's green ethos goes only so far. Gee, do you think San Francisco could get any more hysterical about proposed alternatives to the city getting its water from a submerged and majestic canyon in Yosemite National Park? Even the esteemed San Francisco Chronicle has joined the epidemic of panic, blaming such ideas on "fringe environmentalists" in a Sunday editorial. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission believe that a U.S. …Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/26/v-print/4215630/san-franciscos-green-ethos-goes.html BLOGS Reaping a Bonus From Cap-and-Trade. Criticism of cap-and-trade programs often centers on the costs they impose on electric power companies and their consumers. But as I report in Friday’s Times, New York and other Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states that are trying out such a system have found that those costs can be offset by energy efficiency measures paid for by the cap-and-trade program itself. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/reaping-a-bonus-from-cap-and-trade/ Can natural gas vehicles get us off oil? On Thursday, President Obama traveled to Las Vegas to pitch a few new energy policies — including tax breaks for firms that buy natural gas-powered trucks. T. Boone Pickens, for one, has argued that fueling vehicles with natural gas will help us curtail oil use. Can it? It all depends on what the alternatives are. Fueling up cars and trucks directly with natural gas could help cut America’s reliance on oil. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/are-natural-gas-vehicles-a-good-idea/2012/01/26/gIQA4MPlTQ_blog.html Toyota works on electric-drive powertrains that don't need rare earth metals. Toyota is working on a method of making electric-drive powertrains without using magnets that require pricey rare-earth metals such as neodymium and dysprosium, and may start integrating that process into vehicle production within two years, Reuters reported, citing Japan's Kyodo News. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/27/toyota-works-on-electric-drive-powertrains-that-dont-need-rare/ Berkeley Lab developing novel metal-organic framework materials for high-capacity hydrogen storage. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is working to synthesize novel metal-organic framework materials with high hydrogen adsorption capacities sufficient to provide safe and cost-effective storage that could support a 300-mile (483-km) range on vehicles. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/01/berkeley-20120127.html