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ARB Newsclips for February 14, 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 Air pollution tied to stroke, memory loss. A study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine found a higher risk of stroke after "moderate" compared to "good" air quality days in Boston-area residents, especially when traffic-related pollution was high. And another report in the same journal documented a faster long-term decline in thinking and memory skills in women living in higher-pollution areas of the United States. Posted http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/us-air-pollution-memory-loss-idUSTRE81C24N20120213 http://www.newsday.com/news/health/air-pollution-tied-to-stroke-memory-loss-1.3528599 http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/14/air-pollution-tied-to-stroke-memory-loss/ http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/air-pollution-might-harm-brain-study-says-14874 Alexandria power plant fined again. Alexandria’s coal-burning power plant, scheduled to shut down Oct. 1 after years of local opposition, must pay a $280,704 fine for violating air-quality laws, the largest such fine ever imposed against the plant. The GenOn Potomac River power plant, whose five stubby smokestacks loom over the north end of Old Town Alexandria, exceeded its nitrogen oxides limit six times between June 28 and July 18, 2011…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/alexandria-power-plant-fined-again/2012/02/10/gIQAzKUYDR_story.html U.S. Carbon Emission Rules Could Ultimately 'Send The Message That Coal Is Dead'. The Obama administration is expected soon to unveil long-delayed rules limiting carbon emissions from new coal-fired power stations, possibly helping to slam the door shut well into the future on building plants that run on the fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency has dragged its feet on proposing the new standards on carbon emissions that would hit new coal plants or facilities undergoing expansion. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/us-carbon-emission-rules_n_1274149.html?ref=green CLIMATE CHANGE This Valentine's Day, Say It With (Climate) Science. Climate change isn't lovable. But the people who research its effects certainly are. And this year has been especially rough on them. It seems the more scientists and experts provide conclusive science to show that human-caused climate change is happening now, the more they are chastised and threatened for it. Take Katherine Hayhoe, for example. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-libby/this-valentines-day-say-i_b_1275772.html?view=print&comm_ref=false FUELS Never before have gas prices risen so high so early in the year. The U.S. average for regular gasoline climbed to $3.523 a gallon over the last week — and $3.835 in California — a sign that pain at the pump will rise to some of the highest levels ever this year. U.S. motorists have seen the national average for regular gasoline rise above $3.50 a gallon in just three different years, but it has never happened this early. The national average hit $3.523 a gallon, the Energy Department said Monday, up 4.1 cents from a week earlier. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gas-prices-20120214,0,1919032,print.story Ethanol mandate fails economically and environmentally. Mandated use of ethanol as a partial substitute for gasoline was supposed to decrease our oil imports and be more environmentally friendly. But like many green fantasies, the program has failed on both counts. While the mandate may be a boon to corn growers, especially large agribusiness, it is not cost effective for end users. Currently, seasonal gasoline is 10% ethanol, but E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) is being touted as a solution to our dependence on foreign petroleum sources. Posted. http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2012/02/14/ethanol-mandate-fails-economically-and-environmentally/ Forthcoming Study Comes Amidst Legal Threat Over Leaded Aviation Fuel. A regional air pollution control agency in Southern California, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is planning a first-ever comprehensive study of the air quality levels of Long Beach Airport, according to a spokesperson for the government agency. The Business Journal learned last week that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is proposing to conduct a “special study” within the next 12 months, sampling the emission levels of lead, ultra-fine particles and black carbon…Posted. http://lbbusinessjournal.com/long-beach-business-journal-newswatch/90-12-02-14/358-aqmd-to-study-air-pollution-at-long-beach-airport.html VEHICLES California considers objection to settlement of Honda hybrid class-action settlement. California’s Department of Justice is considering whether to object to a proposed class-action settlement between Honda and car owners over inflated fuel-efficiency claims on the automaker’s hybrid vehicles. San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor on Tuesday gave the attorney general until Feb. 29 to declare any opposition to the settlement. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/environment/california-considers-objection-to-settlement-of-honda-hybrid-class-action-settlement/2012/02/14/gIQAf92gDR_story.html California’s ‘Clean Car’ Rules Help Remake U.S. Auto Industry. How likely is it that your next vehicle might be an electric car? California just increased the odds. On Jan. 27, the California Air Resources Board, a powerful state agency with a history of setting first-in-the-nation clean air and climate regulations, voted 9-0 on a package of sweeping “clean car” rules that are expected to help reshape the U.S. auto industry. The chairman of the board, Mary Nichols, oversaw the enactment of these new rules…Posted. http://www.earthtechling.com/2012/02/california%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98clean-car%E2%80%99-rules-help-remake-u-s-auto-industry/print/ Obama seeks to boost electric-car subsidies to $10,000. President Obama's proposed budget calls for boosting electric-car subsidies to $10,000, up from the present $7,500, even though plug-ins are typically bought by the wealthy. That's significant because the election-year budget attempts to narrow deficits by increasing taxes on the wealthy. If 10,000 electrics like the Chevrolet Volt extended-range sedan, a plug-in that qualifies for the subsidy, were sold a year, the program would cost taxpayers another $100 million a year, reports the Daily Caller points out, via Yahoo News. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/02/president-obama-budget-electric-car-subsidies-chevrolet-volt/1#.TzqXiPJYH3U Why Electric Cars Are More Polluting than Gas Guzzlers — at Least in China. It’s unspoken, but every driver gliding around town behind the wheel of a Prius is thinking the same thing: “I’m saving the planet. What are you doing, you dirty-fossil-fuel burner?” What’s implied is that hybrid or electric-car drivers are also saving human lives, since the fuel-burning internal combustion engines that power conventional vehicles emit carbon dioxide and fine particulate matter including acids, organic chemicals as well as dust and soil; this pollution has been linked to respiratory and heart problems and cancer. Posted. http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/14/why-electric-cars-are-more-polluting-than-gas-guzzlers-at-least-in-china/ GREEN ENERGY Overcapacity could drag on solar for some time. Solar panel manufacturers will have a hard time boosting revenues this year with Germany cutting government incentives at a time when the market is flush with supply, industry analysts believe. Solar shares were among the hardest hit Tuesday in the energy sector, with the largest U.S. provider, First Solar Inc., tumbling more than 8 pct. Even after a rash of factory closures, the solar industry is on pace to expand production capacity in 2012, said Maxim Group analyst Aaron Chew. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iMRJJF2pz5R0-aMopgcwDgu_Wpaw?docId=df874fc325c5418c80c1440044e4f3a1 AP Newsbreak: http://www.modbee.com/2012/02/14/2069006/overcapacity-could-drag-on-solar.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19961795?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19961795?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Nearly $3B in energy loans could default. A report commissioned by the Obama administration to re-examine the Department of Energy's loans to clean energy companies after the bankruptcies of the first two loan recipients, including Fremont-based Solyndra, found that close to $3 billion in loans could be at risk for default, which is in line with the department's own internal estimate. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/nearly-3b-energy-loans-could-default-14873 SOLAR: Disagreements on proposed plant’s wildlife impacts. At a workshop for the Rio Mesa facility near Blythe, planned plant officials and environmentalists clash. Sacramento — Wildlife experts and representatives of a company seeking to build a huge solar-energy field in eastern Riverside County sparred Monday over the extent of surveys to judge the project’s impact on migrating birds and eagles. The Rio Mesa Solar Energy Generating Facility southwest of Blythe would consist of three solar fields and generate 750 megawatts, enough electricity to power 300,000 homes. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/politics/jim-miller-headlines/20120213-solar-disagreements-on-proposed-plants-wildlife-impacts.ece Green energy projects struggled in 2011, but some see hope in 2012. While 2011 saw a swath of green energy failures that cost taxpayers millions and January isn't starting off much better, Manish Bapna of the World Resources Institute hopes that 2012 becomes the year of renewable energy. The most recognizable green energy failure in 2011 came in the form of Solyndra , a California-based solar panel company that filed for bankruptcy in September despite having received a $528 million government loan. Posted. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765550424/Green-energy-projects-struggled-in-2011-but-some-see-hope-in-2012.html MISCELLANEOUS Study finds risk to children from coal-tar sealants. Chicago -- Children living next to driveways or parking lots coated with coal tar are exposed to significantly higher doses of cancer-causing chemicals than those living near untreated asphalt, according to a study that raises new questions about commonly used pavement sealants. Researchers from Baylor University and the U.S. Geological Survey also found that children living near areas treated with coal-tar-based sealants ingest twice as many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from contaminated dust tracked into their homes as they do from food. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/13/v-print/4262086/study-finds-risk-to-children-from.html Supes to consider fumigant options. Staff option: Wait and see on methyl iodide. Options on the controversial strawberry fumigant methyl iodide including sending letters to Gov. Brown, adopting a resolution urging the governor to re-examine the registration of the fumigant or taking a wait and see position, will presented to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for possible action. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of toxic fumigant, used to control pests in the soil…Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20120213/NEWS01/120213018/Supes-consider-fumigant-options OPINIONS California Rules. California, long a leader on clean air and other environmental issues, is doing good things again. The state’s powerful Air Resources Board has issued new rules that, when finally approved, will lead to many fewer smog-causing pollutants, fewer greenhouse gases and, in time, encourage the auto industry to build millions more emissions-free cars and trucks, including a new generation of all-electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/opinion/californias-clean-car-rules.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print OUR VIEW: More evidence PM 2.5 is slowly killing us. Some question the need to restrict the use of residential fireplaces and limit diesel exhaust, in some cases questioning the potential for harm from the airborne particulate matter that those emission sources create. Yet another study, however, underscores the importance of reducing PM 2.5, the fine particulate matter that hovers over the Central Valley most days. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research published in the journal Risk Analysis last month examined 2005 air pollution exposure. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/x1608244907/More-evidence-PM-2-5-is-slowly-killing-us Carbon market: there’s still time. A few little things separate a gold medal sprinter from an also-ran. The same applies to the European Union’s carbon emissions trading scheme. When it pioneered the idea of a fully fledged carbon trading market in 2005, the EU envisaged that a price of about €40 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted would encourage big polluters, such as power generators, to invest in clean energy. Posted. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/global-exchange/financial-times/carbon-market-theres-still-time/article2337453/ BLOGS Obama’s Wish List for Energy. The Energy Department’s budget request for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1 sounds a familiar theme. “The United States is competing in a global race for the clean energy jobs of the future,’’ a cover letter from the federal energy secretary, Steven Chu, says. “Do we want the clean energy technologies of tomorrow to be invented in America by American innovators, made by American workers and sold around the world?” he writes. “Or do we want to concede those jobs to our competitors?” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/obamas-wish-list-for-energy/ A Young Green Innovator Turning Fungi into Jobs Muses on the Path to Breakthroughs. On a recent visit to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York, I broke away to visit Ecovative Design, a remarkable 40-employee firm creating packaging for Dell Computer, wine shippers and other clients by turning fungi and farm waste into a durable and biodegradable substitute for foam. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/a-young-green-innovator-turning-fungi-into-jobs-muses-on-the-path-to-breakthroughs/ Air pollution linked to cognitive impairment in older women. So maybe you don’t care much about air pollution’s effects on wildlife and such. But would you be more interested if you knew it might be tied to humans’ cognitive decline? Research published Monday afternoon in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that chronic exposure to airborne particulate matter — small solid particles suspended in air — is associated with increased risk of cognitive impairment. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/post/air-pollution-linked-to-cognitive-impairment-in-older-women/2010/12/20/gIQAiohqBR_blog.html Obama budget contains nearly $35 billion for passenger rail. The Obama administration, which has been urging California to push through growing opposition to its high-speed rail project, asked Congress on Monday for nearly $35 billion in passenger rail funding over the next five years. The request in its fiscal 2013 budget includes $1 billion for next year and nearly $8 billion in 2018, a massive funding plan that faces difficult odds of getting through Congress. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/obama-budget-contains-nearly-35-billion-for-passenger-rail.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+%28L.A.+Now%29 The clean blue line. California State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) remembers the day he picked up a local newspaper and read the shocking news: A 940-passenger cruise ship had chucked a 18-ton load of sewage, dirty water and oily bilge perilously near to the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary off the California coast. Simitian, then serving in the California Assembly, was outraged, as were many of his constituents: The ship’s captain had broken a written promise to the city of Monterey with the dumping, and the city thereafter banned that cruise line from their port. Posted. http://www.hcn.org/hcn/blogs/goat/the-clean-blue-line