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ARB Newsclips for September 24, 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 European air shortens lives: report. Air pollution is shortening lives by almost two years in parts of the European Union, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) said, strengthening the case for a tightening of emissions restrictions in the bloc. Legislation had managed to cut the amount of some toxins belched out by exhaust fumes and chimneys across Europe, an EEA report published on Monday said. But there were still dangerous levels of microscopic particles, known as particulate matter and linked to diseases such as lung cancer and cardiovascular problems, it added. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/us-eu-air-idUSBRE88N08V20120924 Senate votes to shield US airlines from EU's carbon scheme. The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Saturday that would shield U.S. airlines from paying for their carbon emissions on European flights, pressuring the European Union to back down from applying its emissions law to foreign carriers. The European Commission has been enforcing its law since January to make all airlines take part in its Emissions Trading Scheme to combat global warming, prompting threats of a trade fight. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/uk-usa-carbon-airlines-idUSLNE88N00K20120924 Ex-EPA official says Texas court wins won't last. A former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who resigned after using the word "crucify" to describe his approach to violators says recent court decisions striking down federal pollution rules are delaying the inevitable. Al Armendariz, who was the Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich south before resigning in April under pressure from Republicans, says the EPA will simply rewrite and reapply cross-state air pollution rules on coal plant emissions. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ex-EPA-official-says-Texas-court-wins-won-t-last-3887427.php#ixzz27PSbTIAt Smoke remains problem in E. Washington. Major wildfires on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range are relatively calm, but smoke continues to blanket Eastern Washington communities. The two biggest fires were reported as bigger in size on Monday, but officials say that was due mostly to better mapping and the use of burnouts to create fire lines. The Wenatchee Complex of fires was reported Monday morning at 82 square miles, while the Table Mountain fire was reported at nearly 57 square miles in size. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Smoke-remains-problem-in-E-Washington-3889652.php#ixzz27PKebevV Criminal investigation at Chevron refinery. Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Chevron after discovering that the company detoured pollutants around monitoring equipment at its Richmond refinery for four years and burned them off into the atmosphere, in possible violation of a federal court order, The Chronicle has learned. Air quality officials say Chevron fashioned a pipe inside its refinery that routed hydrocarbon gases around monitoring equipment and allowed them to be burned off without officials knowing about it. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Criminal-investigation-at-Chevron-refinery-3886927.php#ixzz27Pnzn3zl http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/23/epa-probes-bypass-pipe-at-chevron-calif-refinery/ Air-quality changes bring mixed reviews. The Valley's summertime air is dangerous at times -- 91 ozone violations and counting this year. And you're paying a $29 million annual fine for failing to clean it up faster. So are you any better off now than you were 10 years ago? Yes, say government watchdog agencies. Not really, say environmentalists, health advocates and community activist groups. More than 40% of a key ozone-making gas -- NOx -- is gone now. Also gone are terrible years like 2002 when smog sieges created a lung-searing 158 violations. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/09/23/3004309/air-quality-changes-bring-mixed.html#storylink=cpy CLIMATE CHANGE Acidifying seas threaten island nations' food security –study. Food security problems caused by climate change and ocean acidification will hit small island and coastal nations hardest, environmental group Oceana said on Monday. The Comoros islands in the Indian Ocean headed the non-profit group's rankings of nations most vulnerable to the combined effects of higher carbon dioxide emissions and ocean temperatures, and the increasing acidity of the world's water. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/us-usa-environment-oceans-idUSBRE88N0BB20120924 Boost for carbon capture from new non-toxic absorber. Researchers have created a new material that could solve some of the problems holding back projects to combat global warming by capturing and burying carbon emitted from power stations. The material, made from aluminium nitrate salt, cheap organic materials and water, is non-toxic and requires less energy to strip out the carbon when it becomes saturated, the scientists said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/science-carbon-emissions-idUSL5E8KM1S420120923 COLUMN-U.S., China climate standoff returns: Gerard Wynn. Major developing countries have dampened prospects for agreement on international carbon emissions reduction targets by insisting on distinguishing between the responsibilities of industrialised and emerging economies to act on climate change beyond 2020. At a meeting in Durban, South Africa, last December, ministers agreed to negotiate a deal, for implementation from 2020, in which all countries participated, boosting prospects for agreement on medium-term climate targets. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/column-wynn-climate-un-idUSL5E8KO3N820120924 Climate change will shift marine predators’ habitat, study says. The top ocean predators in the North Pacific could lose as much as 35 percent of their habitat by the end of the century as a result of climate change, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The analysis, conducted by a team of 11 American and Canadian researchers, took data compiled from tracking 4,300 open-ocean animals over a decade and looked at how predicted temperature changes would alter the areas they depend on for food and shelter. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/climate-change-will-shift-marine-predators-habitat-study-says/2012/09/23/3dbc5ae8-0507-11e2-8102-ebee9c66e190_story.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/24/ocean-grocery-store-moving-north/ Antarctic marine sanctuary plans falter. Antarctica's Ross Sea is often described as the most isolated and pristine ocean on Earth, a place where seals and penguins still rule the waves and humans are about as far away as they could be. But even there it has proved difficult, and maybe impossible, for nations to agree on how strongly to protect the environment. The United States and New Zealand have spent two years trying to agree on an Alaska-size marine sanctuary where fishing would be banned and scientists could study climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Antarctic-marine-sanctuary-plans-falter-3886953.php#ixzz27PQRf1Id AB 32 and Cap and Trade Design Basics. California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and 18th in total carbon emissions if it were a separate country1, is rapidly moving forward with the development of its cap and trade program scheduled to be implemented in 2013. This has drawn a lot of attention from businesses generating high quantities of carbon emissions or who consume large amounts of energy or fuel. Carbon futures linked to Californian’s cap and trade program slipped recently2, but after a test auction in late August 2012, news articles reported that major banks are weighing whether to wade into the California carbon market, which experts believe could grow into a $40 billion-a-year market by 2020. Posted. http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ab-32-and-cap-and-trade-design-basics-73042/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Trucks Will Roll Down an E-Highway In California Test. Trolley-like system could let people breathe easier amid congestion. Los Angeles-area officials are betting that one route to cleaner air in the smog-choked region might be a so-called e-highway for commercial trucks. Within the next few years they plan to test a trolley-like system developed by Siemens AG that relies on overhead electric wires to power specially equipped freight trucks down roadways. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444506004577613523952540182.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution BY SUBSCRIPTION FUELS Gas drilling protests held in US, other countries. Demonstrators in the United States and other countries protested Saturday against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking that they say threatens public health and the environment. Participants in the "Global Frackdown" campaign posted photos on social media websites showing mostly small groups. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP35ecfda5ca724dbbbff47444f9455284.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/22/gas-drilling-protests-held-in-us-other-countries/ Mine closings not likely to turn Va. Elections. In southwestern Virginia's hardscrabble coal fields, the closure of three mines announced last week is like a death in the family. Yet try as they will, Republicans will have a hard time making it the potent issue they hope it will be in this swing state. Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources is closing three mines in Virginia and five elsewhere in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Company officials ascribed the shutdowns and a 16 million ton reduction in domestic production to electrical utilities converting coal-fired generating plants to cheaper…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Mine-closings-not-likely-to-turn-Va-elections-3887255.php#ixzz27PT1Y5dB Decades of federal dollars helped fuel gas boom. It sounds like a free-market success story: a natural gas boom created by drilling company innovation, delivering a vast new source of cheap energy without the government subsidies that solar and wind power demand. "The free market has worked its magic," the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, an industry group, claimed over the summer. The boom happened "away from the greedy grasp of Washington," the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank, wrote in an essay this year. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/decades-of-federal-dollars-helped-fuel-gas-boom/article_95135a3f-9676-54f3-aeea-81a4414f10be.html VEHICLES Battery overheating stalls Chrysler plug-in hybrid tests. Chrysler Group LLC said it has temporarily sidelined 109 trucks and 23 minivans in plug-in hybrid test fleets due to overheating batteries in some of the pickup trucks. Three of the Ram Truck 1500 pickup trucks in a fleet of 109 equipped with plug-in hybrid powertrains sustained damage when their prototype lithium-ion batteries overheated, Chrysler said. There were no fires or injuries and the incidents occurred when the trucks were unoccupied, the automaker said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/chrysler-batteries-idUSL1E8KO8RK20120924 Toyota drops plan for widespread sales of electric car. Toyota Motor Corp has scrapped plans for widespread sales of a new all-electric minicar, saying it had misread the market and the ability of still-emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands. Toyota, which had already taken a more conservative view of the market for battery-powered cars than rivals General Motors Co and Nissan Motor Co, said it would only sell about 100 battery-powered eQ vehicles in the United States and Japan in an extremely limited release. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/us-toyota-electric-idUSBRE88N0CT20120924 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444358804578015543548693774.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_business BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Toyota-plans-expanded-range-of-hybrids-3888271.php#ixzz27PSISLz4 http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_21618355/toyota-revving-up-its-hybrid-efforts Silicon Valley electric car show leaves the hobbyists behind. On National Plug In Day, the newest in electric vehicles were on display Sunday at De Anza College in Cupertino. What used to be a gathering of geeks who built eccentric vehicles in their garages has become more like a regular, commercial car show. "I don't know where all the hobbyists went," said Frank Bletsch, who sat quietly behind his hand-built "Electric Urban Micro Hauler," a tall, three-wheeled contraption with a short cargo bed. "It's become more commercial." Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_21615258/silicon-valley-electric-car-show-leaves-hobbyists-behind?source=rss TEMECULA: City holds first Electric Vehicle Expo. Someday finding a place to charge an electric car may be as common as spotting a gas station, and less scary. "These people don't worry about gas prices," said organizer Taylor York, city captain for the Western Riverside County Clean Cities Coalition, pointing to a row of six gleaming electric cars parked, hoods up and trunks open, as part of Temecula's first-ever Electric Vehicle Expo, held Sunday in Old Town in conjunction with National Plug-In Day. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/temecula-city-holds-first-electric-vehicle-expo/article_759cde45-6ae4-513e-9aca-d072a2882866.html National Plug In Day comes to Santa Rosa. Odie Weir asked the car salesman to pop open the little gas-cap-type door so he could see the strange-looking plug for charging the 2013 Toyota RAV4 all-electric vehicle. Weir, of Angwin, was checking out the new vehicle at a special gathering of car dealers and electric vehicle owners Sunday at Santa Rosa's Coddingtown Shopping Center. "I want to be less dependent on the Middle East," Weir said of his interest in the electric vehiclesPosted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120923/ARTICLES/120929805 GREEN ENERGY Power, Pollution and the Internet: If it’s really bad, let’s tell it like it is. The New York Times has published an in-depth piece today that purports to document how wasteful the Internet industry is, but some critics say the report is misleading. The industry’s data centers “consume vast amounts of energy in an incongruously wasteful manner,” the Times writes, summarizing the findings of its year-long investigation. “Online companies typically run their facilities at maximum capacity around the clock, whatever the demand. As a result, data centers can waste 90 percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid,” it said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/idUS74435997420120923 Energy Upgrade falls far short of goal. Backed by $146 million from President Obama's stimulus, California last year launched an effort to help as many as 100,000 homeowners save energy by providing rebates for new insulation, windows and furnaces. The stimulus money has been spent, but as of July, just 5,130 homes received upgrades or qualified for rebates, according to the California Energy Commission. The money also funded 3,728 energy-efficiency projects at businesses through May - mostly improvements to ventilation systems and lighting controls. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Energy-Upgrade-falls-far-short-of-goal-3886924.php#ixzz27PR7ElKh ENERGY: Sun ready to set on state solar subsidy in San Diego County. California's solar panel subsidy will end for San Diego County residents by the end of the year, but Southwest Riverside homeowners will get two more years to bask in its glow, utility and program officials said this week. The California Solar Initiative, launched in 2007, provided a declining scale of subsidies to people who bought solar panels for their homes or businesses. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/energy-sun-ready-to-set-on-state-solar-subsidy-in/article_85901dae-0297-5556-8027-79d176661d33.html MISCELLANEOUS How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement. On June 4, 1963, less than a year after the controversial environmental classic “Silent Spring” was published, its author, Rachel Carson, testified before a Senate subcommittee on pesticides. She was 56 and dying of breast cancer. She told almost no one. She’d already survived a radical mastectomy. Her pelvis was so riddled with fractures that it was nearly impossible for her to walk to her seat at the wooden table before the Congressional panel. To hide her baldness, she wore a dark brown wig. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/magazine/how-silent-spring-ignited-the-environmental-movement.html?ref=greenhousegasemissions House moves to quash Obama coal, gas rules. House Republicans voted Friday to cramp President Barack Obama's environmental policies in favor of increased coal production, in a parting jab before returning home to campaign. The bill would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from restricting greenhouse gases, quash stricter fuel efficiency standards for cars and give states control over disposal of harmful coal byproducts. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/21/house-moves-to-halt-obama-coal-gas-rules/#ixzz27PgafiHc OPINIONS Is It a Car? Is It a Boat? Well, Yes. The quest to mass produce a successful amphibious automobile has been going on since Volkswagen first rolled its Schwimmwagen into the water more than 70 years ago during World War II. The vehicle, used by the German army, cruised on land and in water, where the wheels acted as rudders and a three-blade propeller pushed the vehicle along. More than 15,000 Schwimmwagens are said to have been built, making it the most-produced amphibious car in history. Trouble was, the cars took a long time to build and had a life span of only six weeks. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443864204577623590933540030.html?KEYWORDS=emissions EDITORIAL: Sunday pops. Writing at Forbes.com, James Taylor notes that Antarctic sea ice continues to set records -- not for melting but for increasing. In fact, he says such sea ice "has been growing since satellites first began measuring the ice 33 years ago and the sea ice has been above the 33-year average throughout 2012." Throw another log on the fire, honey, it's getting cold outside. ... From the University of California, Riverside, Department of We Have Nothing Better to Study: Commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-mct-editorial-sunday-pops-20120923,0,5263437.story EDITORIAL: Energy: Sunshine patriots. We had to laugh when we read some of the gripes about Dominion Virginia Power's new solar-generation project. The company is planning to build 30 to 50 facilities that will, combined, generate about 30 megawatts of power. Dominion says it will add about 20 cents to the cost of a monthly residential bill. A Sierra Club honcho says the group is "in favor of it," but "we think the price is too high." Another Sierra Clubber said the utility "must do more." Talk about wanting to have your cake and eat it, too. No matter which source you go to, you'll find that solar power ranks among the most expensive of energy sources. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-mct-editorial-energy-sunshine-patriots-20120924,0,6227622.story EDITORIAL: Ameren gets a pass from cowed Illinois regulators. The Illinois Pollution Control Board's decision to let Ameren Corp. slide until 2020 on its promise to cut sulfur dioxide emissions from its coal-fired power plant in Newton, Ill., is a glowing example of what lawyers, money and power will get you. Ameren, via its retinue of lawyers, began backpedaling soon after agreeing in 2006 to spend $1.6 billion to cut emissions of key pollutants at the plant, about 126 miles east of St. Louis, by 2015. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-mct-editorial-ameren-gets-a-pass-from-cowed-illinois-20120924,0,702031.story Ignore polluting industries on cap-and-trade Re "California businesses want changes to cap-and-trade market" (Business, Sept. 20): Old manufacturing and dirty energy industries, represented by their high-paid lobbyists, are doing their best to derail AB 32, the state's clean energy law. Voters said "no" when they made similar attempts in 2010 with the defeat of Proposition 23. Lawmakers said "no" when they tried to pass a law to get more freebies. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/23/4838663/who-are-the-real-heavyweight-businesses.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy WHY IT MATTERS: Global warming. The issue: People love to talk about the weather, especially when it's strange like the mercifully ended summer of 2012. This year the nation's weather has been hotter and more extreme than ever, federal records show. Yet there are two people who aren't talking about it, and they both happen to be running for president. Where they stand: In 2009, President Barack Obama proposed a bill that would have capped power plant carbon dioxide emissions and allowed trading of credits for the right to emit greenhouse gases…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/WHY-IT-MATTERS-Global-warming-3887260.php#ixzz27PPwn22k http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_21613468/why-it-matters-global-warming http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/09/23/3003281/why-it-matters-global-warming.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/why-it-matters-global-warming/article_ab8ba711-256b-5afd-85d0-be0be37b858e.html Carbon Taxes: A Bipartisan Threat to Liberty That Won't Stay Dead. With the economy sputtering toward what can at best be described as a meager recovery, it seems like an obviously poor time to consider raising taxes on any form of energy. That’s particularly true when it comes the gasoline which fuels not only our cars, but also the nation’s economic engine. Yet that is also precisely what an unholy coalition of big spending liberals and misguided conservative economists is proposing – to raise taxes on carbon and send the economy spiraling toward another recession. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/09/23/carbon-taxes-a-bipartisan-threat-to-liberty-that-wont-stay-dead/ BLOGS Wind Sprints to the Cliff. The wind industry’s main trade association is predicting that new installations will fall to zero without a renewal of the production tax credit, which applies only to projects finished by New Year’s Eve. Since renewal is iffy, some wind machine factories are already shutting down, as my colleague Diane Cardwell reported on Friday. From another perspective, this is the moment for the feast before the famine: the impending deadline means that a surge of projects are approaching completion. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/wind-sprints-to-the-cliff/ Al Gore Sees ‘Dirty Weather’ Ahead. On Sunday, Al Gore was in New York — well, he appeared in a video screened there — to promote the second iteration of “24 Hours of Reality,” an event streamed online to help people connect the dots between climate change and its diverse impacts around the globe. This year’s version, scheduled for Nov. 14-15, is titled “24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report.” “The weather’s just that – dirty,” Mr. Gore said in the video, which was shown at the three-day Social Good Summit conference. “It’s fueled by dirty fossil fuel and misinformation.” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/al-gore-sees-dirty-weather-ahead/ Scientists: Climate bias at Fox, WSJ ‘far exceeded’ rest of media. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just published a study criticizing Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section for misleading coverage of the climate change issue. Jumping straight to the key findings: • Over a recent six-month period, 93 percent of Fox News Channel’s representations of climate science were misleading (37 out of 40 instances). • Similarly, over the past year, 81 percent of the representations of climate science in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section were misleading (39 out of 48 instances). Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/scientist-climate-bias-at-fox-wsj-far-exceeded-rest-of-media/2012/09/24/588b4fcc-0661-11e2-a10c-fa5a255a9258_blog.html Greenpeace questions California's global carbon offset plans. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks as US governors and international leaders convene at the Governors' Global Climate Summit 2 on September 30, 2009 in Century City, California. A collaboration of 14 states and provinces from 5 countries, including officials from California, will meet in the Mexican state of Chiapas this week. They’re trying to develop ways to cut carbon pollution together. But some people are skeptical about the project. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2012/09/24/10117/californias-been-trying-trade-carbon-other-regions/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews-Environment+%2889.3+KPCC%3A+Southern+California+News+-+Environment%29