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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for April 3, 2012

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 12:34:54
ARB Newsclips for April 3, 2012. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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individual websites to view some of the following news articles.


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. 


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."


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. 

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.

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.


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


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. 


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.

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.

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. 


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.

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. 

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. 

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