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ARB Newsclips for October 9, 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. CALIFORNIA GAS PRICES Rise in California gas price slows, remains record. The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even as officials hope their emergency action will help ease the sticker shock. The average price for regular gas in the state on Tuesday was a bit over $4.67 a gallon, according to the AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The price was a state record and the highest in the nation. The cost increased only a fraction of a cent overnight, however — compared to nearly 50 cents in the past week. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jITAQRpREYk4TKuLIX-Rp90S_9BQ?docId=1d4f0b7f3ac0426e85a12d3e8db2d6be Other related articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/officials-hope-release-of-winter-blend-gas-in-california-will-lower-prices-at-the-pump-soon/2012/10/09/6fd101c0-11e4-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Gasoline-price-spike-may-be-slowing-down-3930546.php#ixzz28p5njXaf http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21731151/gas-prices-set-california-record?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_21731151/gas-prices-set-california-record?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/09/tp-gasoline-prices-leveling-off/ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/oct/09/officials-hope-winter-blend-gas-will-drop-prices/ http://www.nctimes.com/business/rise-in-california-gas-price-slows-remains-record/article_90f796df-b57a-5163-97f7-96c4255d6444.html http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21728093/southern-california-gas-prices-should-get-lower One more new gas price record in California -- and perhaps the last. For the fourth straight day, California has a new record for gasoline prices, but the rise has apparently lost nearly all of its momentum. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California today is $4.671 a gallon, up just 0.3 cents overnight, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, which tracks prices from 100,000 retail outlets across the U.S. That's still 48.9 cents a gallon higher than it was a week ago and 86.6 cents a gallon above last year's price. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-california-gas-prices-one-more-new-record-20121009,0,6234697.story California politicians pressing for gas-price relief and probe into possible market. With gas prices hovering near $5 a gallon in California, the state's politicians are simultaneously pressing for relief and questioning whether the oil industry is manipulating the market. The California Air Resources Board said Monday that it had granted Gov. Jerry Brown's request over the weekend to allow refineries to switch early to making cheaper winter-grade fuel. The idea is to boost the supply of gasoline, but analysts said it's unclear how quickly the change will bring prices down, or by how much. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/09/v-print/4893565/california-politicians-pressing.html California gas prices hit yet another record high. California gas prices hit an all-time high for the fourth day in a row today. AAA put the average price of unleaded regular this morning at $4.671 a gallon, up from yesterday's record of $4.668. However, national gas price tracker GasBuddy.com had the average price of a gallon of gas in California at $4.65, down a penny from Monday. GasBuddy also said the statewide trend is for falling prices. Energy analysts blame the weeklong surge in prices on a perfect storm of supply disruptions at refineries throughout California. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/09/4895245/california-gas-prices-hit-yet.html#storylink=cpy S.F. has state's 2nd-priciest gas at $4.73. Number of the day $4.738 That's the average price of a gallon of gasoline in San Francisco, the second-highest in the state, AAA said Monday. Regular unleaded is 22 percent more expensive in California than the rest of the nation and hit an all-time high, thanks to outages at Chevron's refinery in Richmond and Exxon Mobil's facility in Torrance (Los Angeles County). Prices began to fall on Monday after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered regulators to relax smog controls so refineries can switch to cheaper winter-blend gas. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/S-F-has-state-s-2nd-priciest-gas-at-4-73-3930279.php#ixzz28p6FvPGc 'Winter-Blend' Gasoline Could Reduce Prices In California. State air pollution regulators said Monday that California's air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help slash record-high pump prices. The California Air Resources Board issued a regulatory advisory a day earlier after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered them to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/winter-blend-gasoline_n_1949723.html?view=print&comm_ref=false CLIMATE CHANGE CO2 emissions go up fast when economy booms, drop more slowly when it doesn't. Carbon dioxide emissions grow more when the economy is healthy than they decline when global markets falter, a new study finds. The disparity is likely a result of cars, roads, buildings and other infrastructure that are built or bought during good times and continue pumping out CO2 even when growth slows, said Richard York, a sociologist at the University of Oregon whose work was published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. His research suggests that, for each 1 percent of growth in a nation's gross domestic product per capita, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement manufacturing grow 0.733 percent to 0.752 percent. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/10/09/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS AGC: Changes to Off-Road Diesel Emissions Rules Will Save Construction Employees Billions. A series of changes California officials made to their off-road diesel emissions rule, made to correct the significant errors in the measure discovered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), will save construction employers as much as $9 billion, according to the AGC. Association officials outlined the changes and their potential impacts during a federal hearing Sept. 20 on whether California can start enforcing the revised measure in 2014. Posted. http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/AGC-Changes-to-Off-Road-Diesel-Emissions-Rules-Will-Save-Construction-Employees-Billions/18991/ FUELS Natural Gas Drops as Mild Weather to Reduce Heating-Fuel Demand. Natural gas futures dropped in New York for the second time in three days on forecasts for mild weather that would crimp demand for heating fuels. Gas fell as much as 1.6 percent as MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland, predicted above-normal temperatures from the East Coast to the Midwest and Texas over the next six to 15 days. The Energy Department predicted last month that stockpiles will reach an all-time high by the end of October, before demand increases with colder weather. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-08/u-dot-s-dot-natural-gas-futures-gain-on-forecast-showing-cooler-weather Compressed natural gas site opens for Okla. Trucks. A truck stop chain has opened its first compressed natural gas facility for heavy-duty trucks in Oklahoma. Love's Travel Stops opened the facility Monday on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City-based company says the CNG filling station demonstrates its commitment to offering natural gas as an alternative fuel for the trucking industry. Love's says compressed natural gas costs about $2 less per gallon than diesel fuel, on which most big rigs run. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/oct/09/compressed-natural-gas-site-opens-for-okla/ IEA optimistic about future of Iraq oil industry. The International Energy Agency predicted Tuesday that Iraq will consolidate its position as a global oil power _ allowing it to rebuild the economy of a nation ravaged by war and decades of Saddam Hussein's autocratic rule. The leading global energy monitor reported that Iraq's annual revenues from energy exports could double to an average of $200 billion annually over the next 20 years. That optimistic scenario would make Iraq's economy the same size as that of Saudi Arabia now by 2035. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/iea-optimistic-about-future-of-iraq-oil-industry/article_6b540b42-58bb-5e20-a9b8-dd0915013a93.html The road to more sustainable fuels remains ill-defined – report. Businesses have difficult decisions to make when it comes to producing and purchasing transportation fuels, from cost to long-term supply to environmental impacts. The corporate sustainability group BSR unpacked these concerns in a report released today on the total sustainability implications of commercial transportation fuels. A number of the 300 companies BSR works with are large-scale fuel users confronting ever more complicated and sometimes controversial decisions on which fuels to use, said Eric Olson, senior vice president with BSR. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/10/09/7 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Honda sees record gasoline prices as opening for natural gas Civic. Record gasoline prices got you down? Honda thinks it has a deal for you. Honda is offering a $3,000 debit card good at Clean Energy natural gas filling stations with the purchase of a 2012 model year Civic Natural Gas vehicle. That is about three years' worth of fuel for most drivers at today’s natural gas prices. There are about 40 Clean Energy filling stations in Southern California and about 160 nationwide. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-honda-civic-natural-gas-incentive-20121009,0,1767074.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29 Dealers call Tesla factory stores illegal. After opening several stores without much pushback, Elon Musk's ambition to replicate the Apple experience in Tesla factory stores is now facing potential roadblocks. Dealer associations in a handful of states, and state regulators in at least one case, say Tesla's stores violate state franchise laws that prohibit factory ownership of dealerships. Electric-vehicle maker Tesla now operates 17 stores in 10 states and the District of Columbia, most in shopping malls. Another six are scheduled to open this fall. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/article/20121008/RETAIL07/310089952#ixzz28pJzGMzB GREEN ENERGY NRC vows review of San Onofre restart plan. Federal regulators will make a detailed analysis over “several months” of Southern California Edison’s plan to restart one of two idled reactors at the San Onofre nuclear plant, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission administrator said Monday in San Juan Capistrano. Federal regulators will make a detailed analysis over “several months” of Southern California Edison’s plan to restart one of two idled reactors at the San Onofre nuclear plant, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission administrator said Monday in San Juan Capistrano. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/nrc-373997-thorough-onofre.html MISCELLANEOUS Clothes That Clean The Air While You Wear. Fight air pollution and look fabulous? CatClo, a new designer fabric conditioner, could make it possible in as little as two years from now. This innovation is down to The Catalytic Clothing project, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion. Together, they have engineered a new substance that, when added to clothing in the same way you might use fabric conditioner, would clean the air as you go about your daily business. It could dramatically cut pollution and pollution-related illnesses like asthma. Posted. http://www.care2.com/causes/clothes-that-clean-the-air-while-you-wear.html OPINIONS Behind California's gas spike. Gov. Brown was right to act to reduce prices. But are more than market factors at work? California's record-breaking rise in gasoline prices over the last week was so sudden, and so apparently unjustified by the supply-and-demand factors that usually control markets, that it's natural to suspect some kind of conspiracy at play. Among the suspicious is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission on Monday calling for an investigation. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-gasoline-20121009,0,7222847.story California gas prices to tumble? Just my luck. Darn it, I missed out again. You know when the iPhone came out? Well, I didn’t buy one. Same with the iPod and the iPad. I also didn’t buy a Mini Cooper when they were such hot sellers. And now I’ve missed the big gasoline price run-up in California. My habit of missing out, or being late to the party, goes way back, unfortunately. When disco was all the rage, I liked oldies rock. I stuck with film cameras way too long. I don’t have a smartphone. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-california-gas-prices-go-tumbling-down-20121008,0,3488923.story Q&A: When will gas prices start to fall? At least gas prices aren't spiking up any longer. The average statewide price for regular Tuesday morning remained at a record $4.67, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report. That's the same as on Monday. San Diego hovered around $4.722, down ever so slightly from $4.725, also a record. Now the question is -- when will we see relief at the pump? Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/09/questions-answers-gasoline-prices/ GAS: Pain at the pump worst in the desert. Patrick Matthews’ decision to fill his gas tank somewhere near the middle of his trip across the Mojave Desert cost him dearly. Matthews, returning to his El Centro Navy base after visiting with family in Las Vegas, said he stopped at Vidal Junction at the crossroads of highways 62 and 95 because he was halfway between the two points. He paid $27.65 for 4.85 gallons at the junction’s only station and joined a growing number of Southern Californians paying well past $5 per gallon as gas prices go up like a rocket launch. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/transportation-headlines/20121008-gas-pain-at-the-pump-worst-in-the-desert.ece Where is outrage? EDITOR: I am happy that Gov. Jerry Brown is helping California car commuters and other users of gas by releasing the gas held for winter (“Brown tries to drive down gas prices,” Monday). What I fail to understand is why our people have to pay for the failures and mistakes at the oil company refineries. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121009/OPINION/121009542 BLOGS On Our Radar: Mock Candidates Go Head to Head on Energy. Surrogates for President Obama and Mitt Romney debate the future of federal energy policy. [E&E News] Siemens begins testing the world’s largest wind-turbine rotor, with blades measuring 505 feet. [Clean Technica] A growing majority of Americans — 74 percent, up 5 points from a survey in March — say that global warming is affecting weather in the United States. [Yale Project on Climate Communication]. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/on-our-radar-mock-candidates-go-head-to-head-on-energy/ Aid Groups Push for Clean Energy. When Samantha Smith started working for the World Wildlife Fund more than a decade ago, she was stationed in the Arctic, where her work focused on the species she was trying to protect in that habitat. ‘‘I had my encounters with polar bears,’’ she said.Now, she is working on a much broader set of problems. ‘‘We started out looking at animals, species and the places where they lived, but we are finding that a lot of this is about natural resources,’’ she said. Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/aid-groups-push-for-clean-energy-policies/ Climate Change Threatens Maize and Bean Farmers in Central America. Climate change is real, and it is going to have real effects on real people in Central America. That is evident in a new report that for the first time takes a specific look at the impact of climate change on a local level. "Tortillas on the Roaster" exposes the risks of climate change to the cultivation of maize and beans -- the two most-important food crops in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/catholic-relief-services/central-america-climate-change_b_1947838.html Fox's Solution To CA Gas Price Spike: Drill, Baby, Drill. Fox News is seizing on high gas prices in California to push for opening up new areas, including the California coast, to drilling, ignoring the real factors driving up prices at the pump. But experts say increasing U.S. production will have no impact on gas prices, and that the only way to protect against price spikes is to reduce consumption. Gas prices in California hit near-record highs this week as a result of supply disruptions at several key refineries in the state as well as the shutdown of a contaminated pipeline. Posted. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/10/09/foxs-solution-to-ca-gas-price-spike-drill-baby/190482