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ARB Newsclips for March 22, 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 Breathing Smog in Pregnancy Linked to Child's Behavior Problems. Women exposed to higher levels of certain air pollutants while pregnant are more likely to have children with anxiety, depression and attention problems by ages 6 and 7, new research suggests. "This study provides new evidence that prenatal exposure to air pollution at levels encountered in New York City can adversely affect child behavior," said Frederica Perera…Posted. http://news.yahoo.com/breathing-smog-pregnancy-linked-childs-behavior-problems-160408224.html Illinois village sues oil firms over pollution. An Illinois village has sued Shell, ConocoPhillips and a local refinery, accusing them of releasing millions of pounds of cancer-causing pollutants and failing to repair broken pipelines and other problems at the refinery. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/21/ill-village-sues-oil-firms-over-pollution-claims/ http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20222320/ill-village-sues-oil-firms-over-pollution-claims?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20222320/ill-village-sues-oil-firms-over-pollution-claims?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com CLIMATE CHANGE Carbon Plan Could Pay Off for Airlines. Emirates, an airline based in wealthy Dubai, has been among the outspoken opponents of a system making airlines account for their pollution on all flights using E.U. airports. Yet Emirates could make a modest profit of €1.5 million, or $2 million, from a small surplus of permits, each representing a ton of carbon dioxide, that airlines can trade as part of the system. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/business/energy-environment/carbon-plan-could-pay-off-for-airlines.html?scp=5&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Warmest March ever drives farmers to plant early. Ethan Cox is sowing corn on his 5,000-acre Illinois farm earlier than ever this year, betting that the premium he may collect for delivering an early crop is worth the risk of a damaging late-spring frost. Lured into the fields by what is so far the warmest March since records began in 1871, Cox is toiling alongside dozens of farmers across the Midwest who have begun seeding what may be a record crop weeks earlier than usual, according to agronomists, farm managers and analysts who keep close tabs on farm activity. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/22/us-usa-corn-planting-idUSBRE82L0IW20120322 FUELS Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas. Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats' gasoline. Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can't afford to fill the tank. From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. And the cost is becoming a political issue just as the presidential campaign kicks into high gear. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/22/national/a005956D01.DTL U.S. drilling won't lower gas prices, study shows. Washington -- It's the political cure-all for high gas prices: Drill here, drill now. But more U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, according to an Associated Press statistical analysis of 36 years of data. Political rhetoric about the blame over gas prices and the power to change them - whether Republican claims now or Democrats' charges four years ago - is not supported by cold, hard figures. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/22/MNE51NO6PT.DTL Obama putting Oklahoma pipeline on fast track. Deep in Republican oil country, President Barack Obama is fending off criticism of his energy policies, pointing to plans to fast-track an oil pipeline that emerged after he delayed the larger Keystone XL project earlier this year. Obama was directing federal agencies Thursday to expedite a 485-mile line from Oklahoma to refineries on Texas' Gulf Coast that would remove a critical bottleneck in the country's oil transportation system. The directive would also apply to other pipelines that alleviate choke points. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/22/obama-putting-oklahoma-pipeline-on-fast-track/ http://www.nctimes.com/entertainment/tv/obama-putting-oklahoma-pipeline-on-fast-track/article_9702b650-6bdb-538e-92cd-a11b6330dd55.html www.dailynews.com/ci_20230328/science-care-preserve-dcs-original-cherry-trees?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-putting-oil-pipeline-on-fast-track-as-he-promotes-energy-record-in-oklahoma/2012/03/22/gIQAxQQ3SS_story.html Drivers feeling pain at the gas pump are unsure who is to blame but want a government solution. Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats’ gasoline. Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can’t afford to fill the tank. From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. And the cost is becoming a political issue just as the presidential campaign kicks into high gear. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/americans-feeling-pain-at-the-gas-pump-unsure-who-to-blame-but-want-a-government-solution/2012/03/22/gIQANjrBTS_story.html VEHICLES L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa urges Congress to pass transportation bill. Saying it would create thousands of desperately needed jobs, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a transportation bill that would speed up the construction of several Los Angeles County highway and rail projects. "This is a shot in the arm, make no mistake," Villaraigosa said during a news conference in Chatsworth, against the backdrop of construction workers building the Orange Line busway extension. The current federal law that funds transportation projects will expire March 31. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_20227040/l-mayor-villaraigosa-urges-congress-pass-transportation-bill?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com Electric trucks sold to Frito-Lay. Electric Vehicles International announced Wednesday a pilot program with Frito-Lay North America in which the snack company will purchase five EVI all-electric, medium-duty trucks for use in Northern California. The design offers a 90-mile range between charges, a top speed of 65 mph and is intended for used in fleets where vehicles follow regular routes and return to base at the end of their rounds. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120322/A_BIZ/203220314&cid=sitesearch GREEN ENERGY Obama Tours Four States to Defend Energy Policy. Against the desert backdrop of the nation’s largest solar energy installation, President Obama on Wednesday assailed Republican critics of his clean energy policies as “the flat earth society” even as he sought to demonstrate his own support for domestic oil and gas production. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/us/politics/obama-to-promote-energy-policy-on-4-state-trip.html?ref=jackiecalmes Obama, GOP vie for upper hand on energy. Wooing a nation of increasingly angry motorists, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are all plunging into gas-pump politics, seeking the upper hand as energy becomes a driving issue in the election campaign. The president is defending his energy agenda this week, traveling Wednesday to a solar panel plant in Nevada and later to oil and gas fields in New Mexico and the site of a future oil pipeline in Oklahoma. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120321/A_NEWS/120329974&cid=sitesearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/21/obama-gop-vie-for-upper-hand-on-energy/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/obama-gop-vie-for-upper-hand-on-energy/article_585567bc-bcfa-537b-a474-ad0f4c293a38.html http://www.modbee.com/2012/03/21/2122931/obama-gop-vie-for-upper-hand-on.html http://www.dailynews.com/ci_20222414/obama-gop-vie-upper-hand-energy?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/confronted-by-rising-gas-prices-obama-and-gop-foes-seek-upper-hand-on-energy/2012/03/21/gIQAjD9eSS_story.html The White House’s secret plan to make American households more energy-efficient. In the spirit of keeping a positive, bright outlook on life and politics (ha), we’re going to ignore for the moment the Obama administration’s embrace of the Cushing-to-Texas branch of Keystone XL. Instead, let’s talk about another announcement the White House made today, this one about how they’re going to convince Americans to use less energy. Posted. http://grist.org/list/the-white-houses-secret-plan-to-make-american-households-more-energy-efficient/ MISCELLANEOUS Methyl iodide pulled from market. A controversial pesticide intended for California's strawberry fields has been pulled from the market by its manufacturer, much to the applause of environmental groups that waged a long battle against the toxic fumigant. Makers of methyl iodide, a bacteria-fighting agent that was approved for use in California in 2010, said in a statement they had suspended sales of the product in the United States due to "economic viability." Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/22/BAJ21NO9GA.DTL&type=printable Caltrain upgrades a step toward high-speed rail. Bay Area transportation officials have agreed on a $1.5 billion plan to work with the High-Speed Rail Authority to electrify Caltrain and install advanced train-control systems to build a hybrid rail system accommodating both commuter and high-speed trains. Under the proposal, released late Wednesday, the Bay Area would receive $706 million in state high-speed rail bond money, with the rest of the funds coming from local sales taxes, other state and federal funds, bridge tolls and air district money. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/22/BAPS1NOFAV.DTL http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_20227441/high-speed-rail-bay-area-plan-split-1?source=rss OPINIONS Viewpoints: Embrace the opportunities presented by 'cap and trade' California has always been on the leading edge of technological innovation, and now our groundbreaking environmental policies are launching a new wave of investment and economic growth. As speaker of the state Assembly, I authored and fought for the passage of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, because I knew we were on the cusp of an extraordinary opportunity. We could limit pollution, protect public health and spur a clean energy revolution at the same time. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/21/v-print/4353752/embrace-the-opportunities-presented.html This diesel Chevy doesn’t poke along, so why does GM? La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland — Louis-Joseph Chevrolet, founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Co., now the largest division of the world’s largest automobile manufacturer, General Motors, was a local boy. That is a point of celebration in this proud industrial town, located high in the Jura Mountains along the western border of France…GM and Chevrolet already have something in play that could do an even better job of connecting Europe and the United States while saving fuel and reducing tailpipe pollution in the process. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/cars/this-diesel-chevy-doesnt-poke-along-so-why-does-gm/2012/03/08/gIQAdmrb1R_story.html TONELSON: Obama ‘all-of-the-above’ plan lacking in energy. As gasoline prices drift higher, threatening economic growth, the White House excoriates Republicans for having no comprehensive energy plan while claiming to have an “all-of-the-above” plan of its own. But the White House plan is nothing more than a full court press to regulate carbon dioxide in direct rejection of comprehensive 2007 legislation by a Republican Congress to reduce vulnerability to international oil prices. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/20/tonelson-obama-all-of-the-above-plan-lacking-in-en/ Green Party insists time for change is now. Survival in the early frontier meant taming the wilderness by cutting down trees and tilling the fields; however, climate scientists now say that the continued cutting down of trees will affect the quality of life and possibly the survival of our progeny. A cooler planet depends on saving the trees. University of California research examining the effects of California’s temperature increases on Blue and Valley Oaks…Posted. http://napavalleyregister.com/news/opinion/mailbag/green-party-insists-time-for-change-is-now/article_98caea0a-73e7-11e1-8eea-001871e3ce6c.html BLOGS Biofuels About More Than Climate. Biofuels have been heavily promoted in the European Union as the most straightforward way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from transport. Other ways of doing it are a more distant prospect. Electric cars are making a push, but are still some way from taking off, as are other innovative technologies. Biofuels, meanwhile, are perfectly compatible with combustion engines used today and are–more or less–readily available. They are considered greener than gasoline and diesel based on fossil fuels because their carbon dioxide emissions Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2012/03/21/biofuels-about-more-than-climate/ Imagining Carbon Emissions in Underground Exile. In a perfect world, greenhouse gas emissions would be on the decline in the near future, with fossil fuels replaced by clean sources of energy like wind and solar. But current emissions are so daunting that the chances of the planet cleaning up its act in a timely manner are slim. “It’s such a big number that it’s sort of hard to grasp what it means,” said Ruben Juanes, a geoscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/imagining-emissions-in-underground-exile/ How Much Carbon Do California’s Forests Hold? a tough number to nail down, but a federal program is zeroing in on it. Trees, grasses and freshwater aquatic systems all play a part in the carbon cycle. The U.S. Geological Survey is developing a series of reports on how much carbon and other greenhouse gases the nation’s ecosystems hold. Trees and plants, soils and rivers, farms and wetlands all sequester carbon to greater or lesser extents. But how much? And how might that number change in the future? Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2012/03/21/how-much-carbon-do-californias-forests-hold/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29 Air district offers commercial gardeners free electric equipment. Any gardeners out there looking for a quieter, air-friendly leaf blower? The local air-quality police are offering you quite a freebie. And it's not just for leaf blowers. Commercial gardeners can get electric tools, such as blowers, mowers and trimmers, from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District this year. It's a $500,000, one-year experiment to see how the tools stand up in daily use. It may not sound like a major campaign, but the district's experiment is a response to a big hassle in many neighborhoods. Posted. http://fresnobeehive.com/news/2012/03/air_district_offers_commercial.html#storylink=misearch