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ARB Newsclips for May 10, 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 Bill to Ban Sustainability and Climate Change Action Fails in Arizona. This Week in Clean Economy: Five states fail to pass similar laws this year, with Arizona being the most high profile. Bills remain alive in three states. A high-profile bill in Arizona to abolish sustainability efforts died last week, yet its defeat isn't deterring lawmakers in three other states from still trying to pass related policies into law. The legislation seeks to outlaw states and their cities from endorsing or implementing the United Nations Agenda 21 principles of sustainable development. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120511/bill-ban-united-nations-agenda-21-sustainability-climate-change-global-warming-iclei-john-birch-society-kansas Global cap-and-trade plan for aviation CO2 moves closer: EC. The International Civil Aviation Organization is forming a plan for a global aviation CO2 emissions trading system, which the EU can work into its current Emissions Trading System, the European Commission's director general for climate action Jos Delbeke said Thursday evening. "ICAO is working on a market-based system...if ICAO can bring this forward for adoption, we are willing to adapt our legislation," Delbeke said in an interview in Florence. Posted. http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/8279252 DIESEL EMISSIONS Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results. Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. /quotes/zigman/622786/quotes/nls/cdti CDTI -2.86% ("Clean Diesel"), a cleantech emissions reduction company, announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. The highlights are as follows: First quarter revenue of $17.0 million, up 23.3% year over year First quarter net loss of $0.39 per share (diluted) First quarter net loss includes $0.6 million pre-tax inventory write-down; $0.5 million after-tax. Posted. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/clean-diesel-technologies-inc-reports-first-quarter-2012-financial-results-2012-05-10 FUELS US WCoast Products - Gasoline spikes as BP restart falters. Gasoline spiked in the Los Angeles spot market on Thursday as BP Plc halted the restart of the central crude distillation unit at its 225,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cherry Point, Washington, refinery, traders said. May CARBOB gasoline jumped 23 cents in L.A. to trade at a high of 70 cents a gallon over the June NYMEX RBOB gasoline contract before falling back to finish at a premium of 55 cents, a gain of 8 cents. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/10/markets-products-westcoast-idUSL1E8GAHOB20120510 Obama website adds ‘clean coal’ after GOP complaints. The Obama campaign changed its website Thursday night to include a reference to “clean coal” in the president’s “all-of-the-above” energy plan after Republicans lawmakers criticized the omission. Under the heading “President’ Obama’s approach to energy independence,” an entire section on the campaign website was altered from “fuel efficiency” to “clean coal.” The sections now appear as: oil, natural gas, clean coal, biofuels, wind, solar and nuclear. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/11/obama-website-adds-clean-coal-after-gop-complaints/ Cheaper gas drives U.S. wholesale price index lower. A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of U.S. wholesale prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 percent last month. It was the first decline since December and the biggest drop since October. Wholesale gas prices tumbled 1.7 percent. That accounted for half the drop in energy costs, which was the only major category to decline last month. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wholesale-prices-20120511,0,7326292.story Koch Brothers' Activism Protects Their 50-Year Stake in Canadian Heavy Oils. Long involvement in Canada's tar sands has been central to Koch Industries' evolution and positions the billionaire brothers for a new oil boom. Over the last decade, Charles and David Koch have emerged into public view as billionaire philanthropists pushing a libertarian brand of political activism that presses a large footprint on energy and climate issues. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120510/koch-industries-brothers-tar-sands-bitumen-heavy-oil-flint-pipelines-refinery-alberta-canada Green energy plan would turn sugar beets into biofuels. The vacant Spreckels sugar beet factory in Mendota may receive a green energy overhaul, as a group of former sugar beet farmers pursues a plan to transform the site into an advanced biorefinery using several high-tech processes to convert sugar beets into ethanol and other forms of energy. The plant would convert San Joaquin Valley sugar beets into about 40 million gallons of ethanol annually, and be the first operation of its kind in the United States. Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/business/ci_20600276/green-energy-plan-would-turn-sugar-beets-into Alternative Fuels — Cars That Run on Natural Gas. In the world of alternative fuels, electric, hydrogen and even hybrid vehicles get most of the attention. Not many people are aware of another alternative automotive fuel that burns cleaner than gasoline, is found abundantly in the United States and is already in heavy use around the world: natural gas. Natural gas is by no means a new fuel; it’s been used to heat homes and cook food in gas stoves for more than a century. Posted. http://www.enn.com/top_stories/spotlight/44386 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Obama admin warns Calif. to act soon on bullet train. The Obama administration yesterday warned California to accelerate action on its high-speed rail project, which has collected more than $3 billion in federal money but hasn't moved forward. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pressed Senate and Assembly leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for a vote on the state's planned $68.4 billion bullet train during a visit to Sacramento. The Legislature needs to include money for high-speed rail when it approves the state budget in June, LaHood said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/05/11/2 BY SUBCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Solar project in desert gets boost from California Legislature. The legislation to enable the developer to bypass local agencies in seeking approval was fast-tracked in the Assembly. Environmentalists say the proposed Calico Solar facility would be ecologically damaging. Despite strong opposition from environmentalists, the state Assembly on Thursday approved controversial legislation that allows a solar energy developer to bypass local agencies in seeking to build a large-scale power plant in a valley that is home to desert tortoises, golden eagles and bighorn sheep. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-solar-calico-20120511,0,3232115,print.story http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/11/4482576/california-legislature-oks-disputed.html http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/05/11/15 BY SUBSCRIPTION OPINIONS MURDOCK: Spacemen to NASA: Cool it on global warming. Astronauts, rocket scientists rebuke agency for climate alarmism. To the long list of right-wing, knuckle-dragging know nothings who dare question “global warming,” environmentalists can add six Apollo astronauts, two rocket men who flew aboard Skylab and a pair of former directors of the Johnson Space Center (JSC). These veterans of America’s space program are among the 49 retired NASA employees who recently asked the agency to halt what they consider its unscientific advocacy of climate alarmism. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/10/spacemen-to-nasa-cool-it-on-global-warming/ BLOGS Varied Views on Extreme Weather in a Warming Climate. Through decades of work, James E. Hansen of NASA has earned his plaudits as a climate scientist. But his intensifying personal push for aggressive cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases has come with a framing of climate science that is being criticized by some respected researchers for stepping beyond what peer-reviewed studies have concluded. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/another-view-on-extreme-weather-in-a-warming-climate/