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ARB Newsclips for April 3, 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 EPA Proposes Historic Industrial Carbon Pollution Standards. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed historic new clean air standards to reduce industrial carbon pollution from power plants that will improve public health, promote innovation and create jobs. This is a historic step by the Obama administration towards cleaning up our air and cutting dangerous global warming pollution. Power plants are the nation's single largest source of climate change-causing pollution. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gene-karpinski/epa-pollution_b_1397802.html DIESEL EMISSIONS Mendocino County companies say new truck regs will put them out of business. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors heard last week from truckers and construction workers from throughout the county who are concerned that state air quality regulations that became effective in January would put them out of business. The California Air Resources Board adopted a diesel retrofit program in 2008, also known as the "Truck and Bus Regulation." Posted. http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/ci_20313470/mendocino-county-companies-say-new-truck-regs-will FUELS Animal fat-to-biofuel plant proposed in Calif. A 65,000-gallon-per-day plant that converts animal fat into biofuel has been proposed along the California coast. Railcars would bring tallow from a Washington rendering plant and it would be processed in a 20,000-square-foot building behind a Watsonville cold storage warehouse. Most biofuels are currently made with vegetable oils. Fuels made from animal waste are harder to produce. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20314463/animal-fat-biofuel-plant-proposed-calif Opponent of Clean Fuels Standard Fires Warning Shot at Attorneys General. Group says NE low-carbon fuel law 'unlikely to survive judicial scrutiny.' One AG tells InsideClimate News the warning won't change state's course. One of the country's biggest opponents of low-carbon fuel standards has fired a warning shot at attorneys general of Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, cautioning that a mandate requiring cleaner fuels would bury their states in costly lawsuits—as it has in California. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120403/low-carbon-fuels-standard-northeast-consumer-energy-alliance-american-petroleum-institute-oil-sands-pipelines VEHICLES California Trims Rail-System Cost. Planners of California's hotly contested high-speed rail network lowered the system's estimated cost by reducing its need for expensive new track as they try to regain public support for the project. The California High-Speed Rail Authority, in an updated business plan Monday, said it expected the cost of the system linking San Francisco with Southern California to be $68.4 billion, compared with its previous estimate of $98.5 billion. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304750404577320020227209022.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5 BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.ocregister.com/news/speed-347346-high-rail.html GREEN ENERGY Oakland-based Solar Millennium files for bankruptcy in collapse of Bay Area firm. Oakland-based Solar Millennium, Solar Trust of America and a group of affiliates filed for bankruptcy on Monday to reorganize their finances, in another meltdown of a Bay Area solar company. Solar Millennium is building one of the largest solar projects in the world, a 7,000-acre complex near the Riverside County community of Blythe. The plants in the Blythe project are capable of delivering 1,000 megawatts of electricity…Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20308678/solar-millennium-files-bankruptcy-collapse-bay-area-firm?source=rss MISCELLANEOUS Napa native named Woman of the Year. DeeDee D’Adamo Moosekian was selected as 2012 Woman of the Year for the 17th Assembly District by Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani. She received the honor on March 26 at the state Capitol. D’Adamo Moosekian graduated from Napa High in 1978, and then went to UC Davis and Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Her parents are Joe and Iris D’Adamo of Napa. http://napavalleyregister.com/business/napa-native-named-woman-of-the-year/article_3983cd34-7d59-11e1-90af-001a4bcf887a.html OPINIONS Killing the "Job-Killing Regulation" Meme. The phrase "job-killing regulation" has become a standard part of the political lexicon this campaign season, most often used to disparage President Barack Obama's energy and environmental policies. But a new report suggests we ought to take claims of regulatory-related unemployment with a grain of salt. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-03/killing-the-job-killing-regulation-meme.html In science, words matter. Terms such as 'red tide' and 'global warming' are catchy but lead to misconceptions. Words matter. Take the term "red tide," which is the popularized way of talking about blooms of harmful marine algae. This common terminology is a misnomer because the blooms are not always red and their movement is largely unrelated to tides. Also, many species of algae that cause red discoloration are not harmful. I am a biological oceanographer, so naturally I focus on my own discipline. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-tobin-environment-words-20120402,0,3072188.story DAVID VALADAO: California's most significant renewable resource should count. For years, special interests in Sacramento have pushed our state to adopt energy standards that are "environmentally friendly" and limit human contributions to climate change. In many ways, they have been successful in their efforts, with the governor last year signing into law a new Renewables Portfolio Standard that requires utility companies and agencies to get 33 percent of their energy from a defined group of renewable resources by 2020. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/politics/local/x1322081881/DAVID-VALADAO-Californias-most-significant-renewable-resource-should-count BLOGS New report tries to clear up debate over EPA and jobs. In the past three years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been proposing an array of new rules on air pollution in the United States. In return, Congress has typically focused on what impact those regulations will have on jobs. In the first month of 2011, House Republicans held nearly two dozen hearings on the links between government regulations and unemployment. That’s understandable, given that the recovery’s still stumbling. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/new-report-tries-to-clear-up-debate-over-epa-and-jobs/2012/04/03/gIQAZLsFtS_blog.html EPA gives E15 go-ahead despite objections, approves production applications. As predicted and expected, the Environmental Protection Agency today approved the first applications to make E15, a blend of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol in it. This means that E15 is now a "significant step" closer to production and sale in America. For decades, gasoline in the U.S. has had up to 10 percent ethanol in it, but the extra five points were enough to generate resistance. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/04/02/epa-gives-e15-go-ahead-despite-objections-approves-production-a/ March sees record-high Chevy Volt sales with 2,289; Nissan Leaf holds the course with 579. The plug-in vehicle sales situation is heating up, and Chevrolet is looking especially good now that its plug-in hybrid Volt has had it best sales month ever. Looks like Bob Lutz knew what he was talking about. Chevy sold 2,289 Volts in March, up from 1,023 last month and 608 in March 2011. This beats the previous high-sales mark by almost 800 units. In December 2011, Chevy sold 1,529 Volts. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/04/03/march-record-high-chevy-volt-sales-nissan-leaf/