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newsclips -- Newsclips for January 31, 2011

Posted: 31 Jan 2012 11:52:02
ARB News Clips for January 31, 2012. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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Calif. Rule Tries To Jumpstart Electric Car Market. California
officials have approved a rule mandating that, by 2025, 15
percent of new cars and trucks sold be powered by batteries,
hydrogen fuel cells or other technology that produces little or
no air pollution. California has tried this before and it didn't
work. (TRANSCRIPT) Posted.

Clean Cars Will Come To California In Droves. On Friday, the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to
require 15 percent of new passenger vehicles and light-duty
trucks sold to emit close to zero- or zero-emissions by 2025. Of
that, the new state regulations have mandated 1.4 million
zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by the same time.
Meanwhile, gasoline and diesel vehicles must have 50 percent less
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 75 percent less smog-related
emissions than today. Posted. 

Calif. pushes for cleaner cars on roads. California has voted to
increase the number of environmentally clean cars on the state's
roads by 2018, officials said. State regulators have approved
rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and put a
significantly greater number of pollution-free vehicles on the
road, the Los Angeles Times reported. Posted.


Bay Area Air board hits the road to see business pollution up
close. The Bay Area's air pollution board will soon hit the road,
holding some of its meetings at businesses it regulates to give
members more insight into the board's job of protecting clean
air. Starting with a public meeting at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday
meeting at the Port of Oakland, the board intends to hold several
meetings this year at or near a power plant, oil refinery, dry
cleaner, gas station, and Silicon Valley high tech industry.


Rebate Debate Over Utility-Sector Cap & Trade Revenues.  If
you've been wondering whatever happened to Cap & Trade in
California, it's not your fault. The topic has bounced around
several state agencies, and it was tied up in the courts for
awhile. But now is a good time to tune back in, because they're
talking about how to divide up the money, and things are starting
to get interesting (that is, if you like getting money).  The
state Air Resources Board (ARB) passed an initial Cap & Trade
rule on Dec. 16, 2010. After weathering the first wave of
litigation, ARB adopted the regulation on Oc. 20, 2011.  Posted. 

55 major European airports join carbon emissions scheme, industry
group says. Brussels — Airports Council International says that
55 major European airports accounting for over half of all
passenger traffic on the continent are now part of a scheme aimed
at cutting carbon emissions. Posted.

Better Forest Data Lends Confidence to Carbon Markets. A study
published in Nature Climate Change this week measured both the
biomass of different types of tropical forests and the emissions
lost via deforestation, providing more accurate data than was
previously available, according to lead author Alessandro
Baccini. That’s important for creating confidence in nascent
carbon markets. Posted.

Global warming study casts doubt on “missing heat” hypothesis.
Have you heard the tale about the “missing heat” in the climate
system? Well, it turns out it may not have gone missing after
all. Global warming is driven by an imbalance between how much
energy the planet takes in from the sun, and how much it lets
back out into space in the form of thermal radiation. Posted.


MORENO VALLEY: Natural gas station will open soon.  Drivers will
be able to stop in Moreno Valley next month to fill up their
natural gas-powered vehicles.  A San Clemente company called Go
Natural Gas Inc. (GNC) is building a gas station in the Canyon
Springs shopping center on Day Street.  “We don’t expect there to
be high volume, maybe 10 vehicles a day,” said Julia Descoteaux,
an associate planner with the city who is overseeing the project.

California's fuels policy igniting public uproar. Rule requiring
lowering amount of carbon is on hold. Just as it pioneered curbs
on greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and light trucks a decade
ago, California is championing standards that could transform the
fuel that goes into their tanks. But its new rule, which requires
lowering the amount of carbon in fuel sold in the state, has
become embroiled in a fierce public battle and has been barred
from being enforced. Posted.


Chevrolet to include eco-labeling in all vehicles beginning in
2013. All models will detail environmental impacts of
manufacturing, driving and recycling. Chevrolet will include
green labeling in all of its vehicles as part of an concerted
effort to tout the company’s environmental credentials.  The
General Motors-owned brand said last week that its models will
soon carry 'EcoLogic' labels detailing features of the vehicle
that are related to the environmental impacts of manufacturing,
driving and recycling. Posted.


Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever.  As energy
demand grows, even alternative energy sources such as wind, solar
and nuclear fusion could begin to affect the climate.  "A better,
richer and happier life for all our citizens." That's the
American dream. In practice, it means living in a spacious,
air-conditioned house, owning a car or three and maybe a boat or
a holiday home, not to mention flying off to exotic destinations.


Viewpoints: Brown's backdoor tax hike is a business shakedown.
Earlier this month Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed budget
for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The centerpiece of his proposal is
to ask voters to approve $35 billion in higher taxes over five
years at a time when our unemployment continues to be among the
highest in the nation. Much of the public's attention has focused
on this job-killing tax hike, and appropriately so. Posted.

Letters to the Editor: High-speed rail, parks, hospice care,
nurse walkout, bailouts. Put brakes on high-speed rail. Re "Brown
rejects rail cost estimate" (Capitol & California, Jan. 30): Gov.
Jerry Brown this weekend said that the cost of the rail project
will be far less than $100 billion. His own High-Speed Rail
Authority produced that number. The Bureau of State Audits, the
Legislative Analyst's Office and the rail authority's peer group
have all heavily criticized the project. Posted.

Back the climate plan. I attended the recent Vallejo Planning
Commission meeting and felt encouraged and excited by the
proposed Climate Action Plan. Vallejo hired a firm out of Oakland
called PMC to create this plan. Sonoma State University was
involved, too. Unfortunately there were few of us from the
community in attendance. It was also unfortunate that the
commission did not approve of the plan. Posted.

California Issues Clown Car Mandate.  Golden State regulators
have passed sweeping emission standards requiring one in seven
new cars sold in the state in 2025 be an electric or other
zero-emission vehicle. What can go wrong?  Plenty, for if we've
learned anything in recent years, it's that industrial policy and
telling consumers what they need and must have vs. what they want
and find useful doesn't work.  Posted. 

WSJ letter downplaying global warming is a call to play with
fire. In some ways, the recent letter by 16 scientists to the
WSJ, claiming that there is 'no need to panic about global
warming', is indeed reassuring. The very fact that this slice of
global warming skepticism has attracted such a feeble number of
scientists - of whom only 2 have published in the climate science
field recently - shows how global warming denialism has failed to
gain any traction in the scientific community. But the global
warming debate matters most, not in the rarefied sphere of
climate science, but in the hurly-burly world of opinions formers
and political spinmeisters. Posted.


Coal’s not dying — it’s just getting shipped abroad.  The U.S. is
burning less and less coal each year, thanks to cheap natural gas
and new pollution rules. From a climate perspective, that’s a
huge deal — less coal means less carbon. But here’s the catch: if
the U.S. just exports its unused coal abroad, the end result
could actually be more carbon.  Coal use in the United States
really does appear to be waning. In 2000, the country got 52
percent of its electricity from coal. In 2010, that dropped to 45
percent. By 2030, the government expects that to fall to 39
percent.   Posted. 

New rules slash emissions at Port of Oakland, but threaten local
truckers. For years, West Oakland residents have pushed
government officials to do something about air quality in their
neighborhood, which is sandwiched between three major highways
and the Port of Oakland, and dotted with industrial sites. In
particular, locals have pointed to the estimated 2,000 diesel
trucks that drive in and out of the port several times each day.

California and the EU are leading the way for lower carbon
emissions by 2020. The next generation must focus on clean
energies in the future to help lower greenhouse-gas emissions.
California and the EU (European Union) are creating legislation
that leads to cleaner air by 2020, standing in the way is a
common enemy; big oil companies. California a decade ago led the
way to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in cars and trucks, this
improved air quality. Posted.

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