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ARB Newsclips for March 27, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE UPDATE 2-US proposes first carbon limits on power plants. The Obama administration proposed on Tuesday the first ever standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, a move likely to be hotly contested by Republicans and industry in an election year. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the long-delayed rules that limit emissions from all new U.S. power stations, which would effectively bar the building of any new coal plants. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/usa-climate-power-idUSL2E8ERKP620120327 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-to-impose-first-greenhouse-gas-limits-on-power-plants/2012/03/27/gIQAKdaJeS_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/us/new-rules-will-limit-greenhouse-gas-emissions.html?_r=1&ref=felicitybarringer http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/03/26/2776555/epa-to-reduce-new-power-plants.html#storylink=misearch http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=149432591 http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-27/epa-issues-first-greenhouse-gas-limit-for-u-dot-s-dot-power-plants http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74527.html http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/27/10886373-end-of-coal-power-plants-epa-proposes-new-rules California Moving Forward on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Law. Some concerned over delays from poor economy, legal battles. Through vigorous regulations on fuel standards, vehicles, and communities, California’s sweeping Global Warming Solutions Act is seen as a broad solution that will attempt to significantly reduce emissions and improve air-quality levels over the next decade and beyond. Posted. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/california-moving-forward-on-greenhouse-gas-reduction-law-211282.html FUELS For Pennsylvania’s doctors, a gag order on fracking chemicals. Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction—but they won’t be able to share it with their patients. A provision buried in a law passed last month is drawing scrutiny from the public health and environmental community, who argue that it will “gag” doctors who want to raise concerns related to oil and gas extraction with the people they treat and the general public. Pennsylvania is at the forefront in the debate over “fracking,” the process by which a high-pressure mixture of chemicals, sand, and water are blasted into rock to tap into the gas. Posted. http://grist.org/natural-gas/for-pennsylvanias-doctors-a-gag-order-on-fracking-chemicals/ GREEN ENERGY San Mateo-based SolarCity to offer a 'Home Energy Loan' SolarCity. a leading installer of residential solar systems and a pioneer of solar leases, on Wednesday will unveil a financing program aimed at reducing or eliminating the upfront costs of energy-efficiency upgrades. Many homeowners waste electricity -- and money -- on homes with inadequate insulation, poor air sealing and outdated and uneven heating and cooling systems. Under its new Home Energy Loan program, the San Mateo-based company hopes to do for energy efficiency what it did for solar installation: make it accessible and affordable. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_20260913/san-mateo-based-solarcity-offer-home-energy-loan MISCELLANEOUS More green measures planned for new Sutter hospital. The list of environmental requirements that Sutter Health must meet to open its $284 million hospital north of Santa Rosa is set to grow longer — again. The additions are to include a free shuttle linking the 82-bed hospital, under construction next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, to the nearest SMART train station. Sutter also will be required to provide incentives to employees who carpool or use alternative transportation. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120327/ARTICLES/120329606 OPINIONS Intemperate climate-change skeptics. Irvine, Chuck Feeney: I guess the Register felt that it was important to have a noted climate scientist, Michael Mann, discounted by several unscientific readers with strong opinions against global warming [“Temperatures rise over Mann-made data,” Letters, March 25]. It was obvious when reading the backlash that these letter-writers made no attempt to do independent checking into the real issues of climate change through Wikipedia, factcheck.org or scientific journals. Posted. http://letters.ocregister.com/2012/03/27/intemperate-climate-change-skeptics/ BLOGS Why EPA’s new carbon rules may not have much impact — for now. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its first-ever rules on carbon-dioxide emissions from new power plants. These rules are part of the EPA’s program to tackle global-warming pollution. But what sort of impact will they actually have? Not a whole lot — at least for the foreseeable future. Don’t expect any more of these. First, a quick refresher: Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/how-much-carbon-will-the-epas-new-power-plant-rules-actually-cut/2012/03/27/gIQAuaTDeS_blog.html New Limits on Carbon Pollution Will Help Usher in a Clean, Healthier Future. The Environmental Protection Agency has just proposed the first-ever national standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants. These historic safeguards are critical to ensuring a cleaner future for American communities: no longer will new electric plants be able to endanger our health with unchecked carbon pollution and the climate change it causes. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-beinecke/new-limits-on-carbon-poll_b_1382293.html?ref=politics A Smaller Route to Solar Success. There are at least a dozen major ways to turn sunlight into electricity, but one of the more interesting is using a field of mirrors to focus the sun’s energy on a “power tower” where the heat is captured and used later to spin a turbine and turn a generator. As I have previously written, two companies are now planning to build such systems in the desert Southwest with hardware that will store the heat for a rainy day or for the period right after sunset when power demand is still high. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/a-smaller-route-to-solar-success/?src=me&ref=science Treasure Department: traffic jams waste 1.9 billion gallons of gas in U.S. each year. A car that is sitting still with the engine running is getting zero miles per gallon, no matter how efficient the aerodynamics or how great the hybrid powertrain is. Spread out over the entire U.S., all those zero mile per gallon situations – i.e. traffic jams – means Americans are wasting 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline a year, according to a new Treasury Department report. Another way to look at that is that congested roads cost Americans over $100 billion a year (calculated both as wasted fuel and time). Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/03/26/treasure-department-traffic-jams-waste-1-9-billion-gallons-of-g/