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ARB News Clips for March 1, 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 Deal to shut Chicago's 2 coal-fired plants reached. Rafael Hurtado says the grime that coats houses and cars whenever smokestacks are cleaned or coal dust blows off big piles at the nearby coal-fired power plant is just a fact of life in his southwest side Chicago neighborhood. He's learned to manage his asthma after being diagnosed in fourth grade. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i_PosduYbKDAxsoHiO-JRBe0Q55g?docId=5264bcaa359946c88786dfb4441a0dc7 AP Newsbreak: http://www.modbee.com/2012/02/29/2091244/deal-to-close-chicagos-2-coal.html BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120301/business/703019933/ http://www.thestate.com/2012/02/29/2172319/deal-to-close-chicagos-2-coal.html Valley air district blames dry winter for spike in air pollution. The valley air district's wintertime fireplace restriction program ended for the season Wednesday, but not before communities up and down the region experienced the worst particle air pollution increases in recent years. Officials say dry weather patterns are largely to blame. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's program, known as Check Before You Burn, runs from November through February each winter. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x832573302/Valley-air-district-blames-dry-winter-for-spike-in-air-pollution Five Steps for Healthier Indoor Air. Did you know that the air you're breathing in your home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors? And that after remodeling, renovating, or using cleaning products in your home, the air indoors can be up to 1,000 times more polluted than the outdoor air? It's mind-boggling but true. The reason is this: common products used to build, furnish, and maintain our homes--from flooring, furniture, and paint to drywall, cabinets, and cleaners--can release potentially hazardous chemicals…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/five-steps-for-healthier_b_1312949.html?view=print&comm_ref=false CLIMATE CHANGE Opponents question EPA authority in greenhouse gas case. Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority by moving to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and industrial facilities, industry groups and representatives argued in federal court on Wednesday. In the second day of two-day arguments on a case seeking to overturn the agency's proposed greenhouse gas regulations, challengers took on two of the EPA's proposed rules to regulate stationary sources under the Clean Air Act. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/29/epa-greenhouse-gas-idUSL2E8DTDWP20120229 More Americans now believe in global warming. After several years of finding that fewer and fewer Americans believed in man-made climate change, pollsters are now finding that belief is on the uptick. The newest study from the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change, which is a biannual survey taken since fall 2008 and organized by the Brookings Institute, shows that 62% of Americans now believe that man-made climate change is occurring, and 26% do not. The others are unsure. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/environment/la-me-gs-more-americans-now-believe-in-global-warming-20120229,0,2120287.story Global warming brings snow to Southern California. Monday’s weather forecast for Los Angeles called for snow flurries in several of the county’s neighborhoods. Though most areas did not receive such weather, snow and hail did make themselves apparent just north of Los Angeles County. A stretch along Interstate 5, in particular, was hit with wintery conditions that caused a closure of the freeway. According to recent scientific research at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center as well as Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology, this blustery winter weather in the area…Posted. http://www.examiner.com/la-in-los-angeles/global-warming-brings-snow-to-southern-california Rebooting high-speed rail. Meet Dan Richard, the guy trying to save the state’s plan. Dan Richard, incoming chairman of the board for the California High-Speed Rail Authority is not the easiest man to get hold of. One interview got scuttled when it turned out Gov. Jerry Brown wanted to meet Richard at the same time. Subsequent calls were missed. Voice mails were exchanged—“I’m driving back from Fresno right now, because there’s no high-speed rail. Try you later.” There was more travel and more missed connections, before SN&R finally caught up with Richard by phone in Washington, D.C. Posted. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/PrintFriendly?oid=5310124 DIESEL EMISSIONS Clean diesel conference celebrates ‘fundamental transformation of an industry’. Sacramento, Calif. — At a day-long “clean diesel” exhibit and conference here Wednesday, members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and industry stakeholders celebrated the “fundamental transformation of an industry to clean diesel.” “Today we come together to recognize a fundamental transformation of an industry to a new technology — clean diesel …Posted. http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2012/3/1/Cleandieselconferencecelebratesfundamentaltransformationofanindustry.aspx Alternative vehicles get a test drive in Bakersfield. In the San Joaquin Valley, 80 percent of smog-component nitrogen oxide comes from mobile sources -- trucks, farm equipment, passenger cars and trains. And the heavy-duty diesel trucks, used for things like moving goods from ports in Los Angeles upstate, are the biggest contributor. And the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast air basins have some of the highest air pollution levels in the country. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x832573415/Alternative-vehicles-get-a-test-drive-in-Bakersfield?utm_source=widget_182&utm_medium=latest_entries_widget&utm_campaign=synapse California ARB to award $1M for locomotive advanced technology demonstration project. The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) announced a solicitation for a grantee for up to $1 million to support up to two independent projects for demonstration and administration of advanced locomotive technologies that approach, meet, or exceed US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier-4 locomotive NOx and PM emission standards (i.e., 1.3 g NOx/bhp-hr and 0.03 g PM/bhp-hr), with a particular emphasis on higher horsepower line haul locomotives (i.e., 4,000 to 4,500 hp). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/03/arb-20120301.html FUELS Congress urged to extend biofuels tax provisions. Leaders of America’s rapidly emerging advanced biofuels industry urged congressional leaders to extend two tax provisions that are critical to the ongoing development and commercialization of new biofuel production technologies. In a letter addressed to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee…Posted. http://westernfarmpress.com/government/congress-urged-extend-biofuels-tax-provisions China to cultivate biofuel use. China is expected to use 12 million metric tonnes of aviation biofuels by 2020, accounting for 30 per cent of the country’s total use of jet fuel, according to Li Jian, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The market value of jet biofuels will exceed 120 billion yuan ($19 billion) by 2020, Li said on Tuesday. He said the new carbon-emissions tax the European Union is imposing on airlines will prompt China to develop jet biofuels…Posted. http://www.eco-business.com/news/china-to-cultivate-biofuel-use/ VEHICLES Air Products wants to supply California drivers with hydrogen. In 1943, visibility on the streets of Los Angeles dropped to about three blocks as a layer of filth descended from the sky, attacking the eyes, lungs and stomachs of the city's inhabitants. The culprit: smog. In 1952, California Institute of Technology biochemistry professor Arie Haagen-Smit discovered how smog forms when nitrogen oxides from vehicle tailpipes and hydrocarbons from oil refineries react with sunlight in a photochemical stew to create ozone. Posted. http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-outlook-allentown-air-products-20120310,0,2483648.story GREEN ENERGY Green energy puts green in homeowner wallets. Two and half years ago, Steve Stewart erected a 100-foot windmill at his Barstow, California home. Stewart is no eco-crusader, but he does know a good deal when he hears it. Although the windmill cost $53,000, Stewart paid only $32,000 thanks to state tax incentives. His electric bill has zeroed out from $2,000 annually before, and most months he can even sell back surplus power to his local utility, Southern California Edison, netting as much as $500 per year. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/28/us-yourmoney-energyalternatives-homeowne-idUSTRE81R1EI20120228 MISCELLANEOUS Reducing Waste: New recycling mandates come online in July. Starting this July, many commercial enterprises in California will be required to recycle. Back in 2006, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Considered to be a landmark piece of legislation, this bill requires California to lower its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. That's the equivalent of taking approximately 28 million cars off the nation's roads. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20071103 OPINIONS PYLE: Kelp is on the way to help with high gas prices. In an attempt to calm the country’s growing concerns about U.S. energy policy and high gas prices, President Obama addressed the nation last week from the University of Miami, in part calling for new subsidies for fuels made from algae. His claim: “We could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States.” Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/29/kelp-is-on-the-way-to-help-with-high-gas-prices/ INLAND: Pollution dodge. A court ruling this week should end a distracting legal battle and focus attention on the more crucial issue: Railroads need to help clean up Southern California’s air. The federal government needs to approve tougher measures to curb emissions from locomotives and rail yards. Without steps to cut all diesel pollution, the state will struggle to meet federal clean air mandates. U Posted. http://www.pe.com/opinion/editorials-headlines/20120229-inland-pollution-dodge.ece US energy independence requires a balanced strategy. Conserving energy and developing new energy sources. Those used to be "good things." But that was before this election year made them political footballs to be kicked around. I suppose if I wanted to, I could heat and cool my home and leave my lights burning without regard for how much energy I am consuming. And in truck-driving Kern County, I could join a lot of other people on the road, and roar between my home and downtown Bakersfield office in a four-wheel-drive gas-guzzler. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/community/x1801991690/US-energy-independence-A-political-football BLOGS A Fresh Scientific Defense of the Merits of Moving from Coal to Shale Gas. There’s been a fresh development in a prolonged intellectual tussle among researchers at Cornell University over the climate benefits of moving from coal to natural gas, including gas extracted from shale using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Lawrence M. Cathles of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, with three colleagues, has offered a fresh rebuttal to the conclusions of a team led by Robert Howarth, a biogeochemist at the university. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/a-fresh-scientific-defense-of-the-merits-of-moving-from-coal-to-shale-gas/ New Carbon Markets Combine Best of Public And Private Initiatives. Regular readers of this blog know what I think of the climate-change denial “movement”, but I do agree with those guys on one thing: namely, that massive bureaucracies like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aren’t equipped to create and micro-manage what would become the largest, most important capital market in the history of the planet – at least, not without active input from the private sector. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevezwick/2012/03/01/governments-incubating-climate-change-solutions/