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ARB News Clips for January 31, 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. 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. http://www.npr.org/2012/01/30/146099711/calif-rule-tries-to-jumpstart-electric-car-market 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. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaynejung/2012/01/31/clean-cars-will-come-to-california-in-droves/ 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. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/01/30/Calif-pushes-for-cleaner-cars-on-roads/UPI-66081327961665/ AIR POLLUTION 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. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_19854917 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19854917?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-sandler/rebate-debate-over-utilit_b_1240769.html 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/55-major-european-airports-join-carbon-emissions-scheme-industry-group-says/2012/01/31/gIQAWhU4eQ_story.html 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. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericagies/2012/01/31/better-forest-data-lends-confidence-to-carbon-markets/ 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/global-warming-study-casts-doubt-on-missing-heat-hypothesis/2012/01/29/gIQAj38fcQ_blog.html FUELS 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. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/moreno-valley/moreno-valley-headlines-index/20120129-moreno-valley-natural-gas-station-will-open-soon.ece 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. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/01/31/20120131california-fuels-policy-igniting-public-uproar.html VEHICLES 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. http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/chevrolet-include-eco-labeling-vehicles-beginning-2013-article-1.1014551 GREEN ENERGY 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. Posted. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328491.700-power-paradox-clean-might-not-be-green-forever.html?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=mg21328491.700 OPINIONS 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. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/30/4224172/editorial-browns-backdoor-tax.html 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. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/31/4226517/letters-to-the-editor-high-speed.html 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. http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_19857693 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. http://news.investors.com/Article/599405/201201301825/california-mandates-zero-emission-vehicle-use-WEBHED-California-Issues-Clown-Car-Mandate.htm 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. http://www.earthtimes.org/climate/wsj-letter-downplaying-global-warming-call-play-fire/1792/ BLOGS 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/us-coal-use-is-falling-but-what-if-the-coal-gets-shipped-abroad/2012/01/30/gIQAV9DoeQ_blog.html 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. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/inoakland/2012/01/30/new-rules-slash-emissions-at-port-of-oakland-but-threaten-local-truckers/ 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. http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-los-angeles/california-and-the-eu-are-leading-the-way-for-low-carbon-emissions-by-2020