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ARB Newsclips for September 26, 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 Court won't reconsider ruling that upheld NO2 rule. A federal appeals court has rejected industry petitions seeking reconsideration of a July decision that upheld U.S. EPA's most recent nitrogen dioxide air quality standards. The American Petroleum Institute and Interstate Natural Gas Association asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to rehear the case. The February 2010 rule set new one-hour maximum National Ambient Air Quality Standards at 100 parts per billion, a move aimed at tackling short-term elevated levels near roads. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/09/26/15 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Lawsuit seeks full implementation of EPA lead standard. Environmentalists this week filed a lawsuit seeking to force U.S. EPA to fully implement its air standards for lead. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Center for Environmental Health say EPA was supposed to make sure that all states were in compliance with the 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard earlier this year by reviewing state plans. But 12 states have yet to comply, the groups say in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/09/26/16 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE 100 million to die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate. More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday. As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organization DARA. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/26/us-climate-inaction-idINBRE88O1HG20120926 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/climate-change-deaths_n_1915365.html Factbox: Carbon trading schemes around the world. Carbon trading schemes are emerging all over the world as governments try to meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the fight against climate change. Thailand and Vietnam this week announced plans to launch emissions trading schemes. The European Union has agreed to link its own carbon market with Australia's scheme in 2018 and has struck a deal with China to help with the design and implementation of its emissions trading schemes. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/26/us-carbon-trading-idINBRE88P0ZN20120926 California Carbon Auction May Trigger Price Drop, BNEF Says. Companies may be particularly reluctant to buy permits that aren’t valid until 2015 if they can hold off and buy them later, William Nelson, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst in New York, said in an e-mailed statement. The state Air Resources Board on Nov. 14 will sell at least 21.8 million allowances to be used during the first compliance phase of the cap-and-trade program, designed to help curb California’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 levels. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-25/california-carbon-auction-may-trigger-price-drop-bnef-says Climate Change Reducing Global GDP by 1.6% a Year, Report Finds. Climate change and pollution related to carbon-dioxide emissions are reducing the world’s gross domestic product by 1.6 percent a year, about $1.2 trillion, according to a report. If unchecked, rising temperatures may cut global GDP by 3.2 percent a year by 2030, according to the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, released today by the Madrid-based humanitarian group DARA and the Climate Vulnerable Forum. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/climate-change-reducing-global-gdp-by-1-6-a-year-report-finds.html FUELS Qatar natural gas firm to send more fuel to Japan. Qatari state-backed natural gas producer Qatargas says it has signed a long-term supply deal with a Japanese power company as the Asian nation increasingly relies on fossil fuels after a nuclear meltdown last year. Qatargas said Wednesday the deal with Kansai Electric Power Company covers shipments of half a million tons of liquefied natural gas annually for 15 years, beginning next year. Financial details were not disclosed. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_21634583/qatar-natural-gas-firm-send-more-fuel-japan?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_21634583/qatar-natural-gas-firm-send-more-fuel-japan?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21634583/qatar-natural-gas-firm-send-more-fuel-japan?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/09/26/3007338/qatar-natural-gas-firm-to-send.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/state-backed-qatargas-to-supply-more-gas-to-japanese-power-company-under-long-term-deal/2012/09/26/268a31a2-07e5-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html VEHICLES Gov. Brown gives green light to driverless cars in California. California took the fast lane to the future on Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that lets self-driving cars onto public roads. Brown rode to the signing ceremony at Google Inc headquarters in the passenger seat of a vehicle that steered itself, a Prius modified by Google. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and State Sen. Alex Padilla, who sponsored the bill, were along for the ride. An engineer for the technology company, Chris Urmson, sat in the driver's seat, but the car drove itself. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/25/us-google-robotcars-law-idINBRE88O1FJ20120925 http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_21627191/google-driverless-robot-car-law-jerry-brown-signs-law-sergey-brin Chinese ministries test-drive China-made electric cars –Xinhua. Eleven Chinese ministries and government agencies are test-driving China-made electric cars and more will follow suit, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest show of state support for the country's fledging green vehicle industry. Staff at the ministries will drive a fleet of 23 electric cars from Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co Ltd and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co, or JAC Motors, as their official vehicles in a one-year trial, Xinhua said on Wednesday. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/26/china-automobiles-idINL4E8KQ73A20120926 Hyundai to introduce world's first production fuel-cell electric vehicle. Hyundai, which has lagged its rivals in battery-powered electric cars, aims to leapfrog that technology and roll out what it calls the world's first production fuel-cell electric vehicles at this week's Paris auto show. The South Korean automaker is betting that fuel-cell electric vehicles will be a more realistic future auto technology than pure battery electric cars such as Nissan Motor's Leaf. Those models have struggled to win over drivers as the batteries are expensive, take hours to recharge and can only drive short distances. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_21628374/hyundai-introduce-worlds-first-production-fuel-cell-electric Tesla's Model S production behind schedule; company cuts revenue forecast and stock slides. Hours after unveiling plans for a nationwide network of "Superchargers," Tesla Motors (TSLA) on Tuesday quietly cut its revenue forecast for 2012 and admitted that production of its all-electric Model S sedan is "slower than we had earlier anticipated." Tesla also revealed plans to shore up its balance sheet and raise at least $128 million through the sale of an additional 4.3 million shares of stock, and to make changes to the terms of its $465 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/cars/ci_21625792/tesla-cuts-revenue-forecast-due-slow-model-s-sales-supercharger Tesla Motors unveils 'Superchargers' at event near Los Angeles. Addressing a key concern consumers have about electric cars -- their range between charges -- Tesla Motors (TSLA) on Monday unveiled an aggressive plan to build a nationwide network of high-speed "Superchargers" to make it possible for drivers of its all-electric Model S sedan to go on long road trips without having to make long stops to recharge their batteries. Posted. http://www.siliconvalley.com/green-energy/ci_21622079/tesla-motors-unveils-superchargers-at-event-los-angeles http://www.dailynews.com/ci_21633276/tesla-motors-unveils-superchargers-at-event-near-los?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_21630298/cassidy-teslas-model-s-supercharger-puts-buzz-gilroy?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Fisker Karma 'plagued with flaws,' says Consumer Reports. An influential consumer magazine said Fisker Automotive's Karma plug-in hybrid has a variety of flaws, from limited visibility to a poorly designed touch-screen system that amounts to an "ergonomic disaster." The less-than-glowing report from Consumer Reports magazine is the latest blow for Fisker, which is looking to raise funds after being denied access to more than half of a $529 million government loan that was the cornerstone of its business plan. Posted. http://www.siliconvalley.com/green-energy/ci_21626072/fisker-karma-plagued-flaws-says-consumer-reports Do 'game-changing' fuel cell cars have a powerful ally in natural gas? Only movie stars and select consumers have been able to get their hands on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the United States over the past few years, but now these zero-emissions cars are poised to bust onto the scene in a big way around 2015 to 2017. A limited number of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are available for lease today, and nearly all of them in California, where refueling stations are slowly cropping up. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/09/26/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Yingli Green Energy Denies Allegations of Receiving Illegal Subsidies. Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. (YGE) said it "strongly rejects" accusations contained in an anti-subsidy complaint that was submitted at the European Commission Tuesday. The complaint was filed by EuProsun, an initiative of European solar companies led by SolarWorld AG(SWW.XE). Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. (YGE) said it "strongly rejects" accusations contained in an anti-subsidy complaint filed by EuProsun, an initiative of European solar companies led by SolarWorld AG(SWW.XE), which was submitted at the European Commission Tuesday. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120926-703558.html BY SUBSCRIPTION Upstate NY residents voice opposition to pipeline. Residents of two rural upstate New York counties have voiced their opposition to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline through their hometowns. Several hundred people turned out for public hearings held this week in Chenango and Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) counties, part of the upstate region a 120-mile pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania would traverse. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_21633773/upstate-ny-residents-voice-opposition-pipeline?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_21633773/upstate-ny-residents-voice-opposition-pipeline?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21633773/upstate-ny-residents-voice-opposition-pipeline?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com MISCELLANEOUS U.S. carbon tax could halve deficit in 10 years: report. Imposing a $20 per metric ton carbon tax in the U.S. could reduce the country's budget deficit by 50 percent over the next 10 years, a report by the Congressional Research Service said on Tuesday. Such a tax would generate approximately $88 billion in 2012, rising to $144 billion by 2020, the report said, slashing U.S. debt by between 12 and 50 percent within a decade, depending on how high the deficit climbs. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/26/us-carbon-idINBRE88P0DV20120926 S.F. startup offers scooter rentals. Michael Keating loves cities. But getting around them can be a pain. All the usual options - cars, buses, bikes, taxis and walking - have their drawbacks, especially in dense urban areas such as San Francisco. So Keating and a small group of like-minded entrepreneurs have created one possible solution: a company that lets people rent electric scooters on the fly. Scoot Networks launches Wednesday in San Francisco, with 60 scooters available at four stations in the city's SoMa neighborhood. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/S-F-startup-offers-scooter-rentals-3895387.php#ixzz27ap635Sh Jaco Oil to pay out $400,000. Company did not properly monitor facilities throughout state including in SLO County. A Bakersfield-based gasoline marketer has agreed to pay $400,000 for monitoring and testing violations at 14 underground storage tank facilities, including in San Luis Obispo County. The violations involved facilities in Kern and Merced counties also. According to the state Water Resources Control Board, the company, Jaco Oil, did not properly monitor, test and construct underground tanks at its facilities for the past several years. Posted. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/09/25/2242042/jaco-oil-to-pay-out-400000.html#storylink=cpy OPINIONS Cap-and-trade auction is yet another government money grab. Re "State's carbon auction assailed" (Page A1, Sept. 21): Satellite imaging has been capable of measuring the volume of ice that exists at our poles for 33 years. It was recently announced that, contrary to the claims of government power mongers of near spa conditions, the amount of ice in the Antarctic is the highest ever recorded in those 33 years. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/25/4850794/ice.html#storylink=cpy Earth Log: No study of diesel traffic for large warehouse in Visalia. A 500,000-square-foot distribution center is supposed to open this fall in Visalia, and I do not know how much diesel pollution will be created by the truck traffic. There was no environmental review for the center, according to a Fresno Bee story written last week by reporter Pablo Lopez. How could a warehouse of this size escape the California Environmental Quality Act? Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/09/25/3006914/earth-log-no-study-of-diesel-traffic.html#storylink=cpy Using Carbon Credits To Pay For Energy Retrofits. One of the signal achievements of the Obama administration is a success hidden in plain view. Scorned by Republicans and rarely mentioned by Democrats, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or simply “the stimulus,” was many things at once – tax cut, lifeline for cash-strapped states and local governments, and, as noted by Michael Grunwald in his important new book The New New Deal, “the biggest and most transformative energy bill in U.S. history.” Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/justingerdes/2012/09/25/using-carbon-credits-to-pay-for-energy-retrofits/ Republicans have a medieval mindset about climate change. On an early morning flight coming out of the clouds above the North Sea, the first objects that come into view as the coast of the Netherlands approaches are the windmills. No, not the quaint, creaking, wooden windmills that, along with wooden shoes and the little boy with his finger in the dike, are the cliches of Dutch culture; these windmills are sleek and modern and so huge they dwarf the container ships passing by. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/lat-na-tt-medieval-mindset-20120925,0,6709952.story?track=rss BLOGS Imagining a Warmer Arctic. What Will Ice-Free Arctic Summers Bring? On Sunday, September 16, the sun did not rise above the horizon in the Arctic. Nevertheless enough of the sun's heat had poured over the North Pole during the summer months to cause the largest loss of Arctic sea ice cover since satellite records began in the 1970s. The record low 3.41 million square kilometers of ice shattered the previous low—4.17 million square kilometers—set in 2007. All told, since 1979, the Arctic sea ice minimum extent has shrunk by more than 50 percent—Posted. http://news.yahoo.com/ice-free-arctic-summers-bring-100100621.html Charbroiling Burgers: An Air-Quality Scourge That May Be Worse Than Diesel Trucks. In Freakonomics-like fashion, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have concluded that producing a charbroiled hamburger emits the same mass particulate matter as a heavy-duty diesel truck traveling 143 miles. It may seem counterintuitive, but Bill Welch, the school’s principal investigator for a study financed by two air-quality districts in California, said the hamburger’s role in air pollution stands out as other sources of particulate emissions, like cars and trucks, have undertaken heavy regulatory diets. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/charbroiling-burgers-an-air-quality-scourge-that-may-be-worse-than-diesel-trucks/ How certain can we be about climate change? The question that headlines this post has caused great confusion and strife ever since climate change first entered the public consciousness. From the very beginning, climate deniers set about to exaggerate the degree of uncertainty. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/how-certain-can-we-be-about-climate-change/