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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for November 2, 2012.

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 14:49:56
ARB Newsclips for November 2, 2012. 
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Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Fallout From Storm. In a surprise
announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that
Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential
campaign and that as a result, he was endorsing President Obama.
Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent in his third term leading
New York City, has been sharply critical of Mr. Obama, a
Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican rival,
saying that both men had failed to candidly confront the problems
afflicting the nation. Posted.

Sandy puts climate change back in the conversation. You know that
mom cliche of yesteryear about the kid who lacks the sense to
come in out of a good hard rain? As a country, we’ve been that
clue-free child for decades, determined to pretend that whatever
“freak storm” we’ve just been through is nothing we’ll ever have
to worry about again. Vice-presidential nominees Lloyd Bentsen
and Dan Quayle debate in 1988. Posted.

Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Fallout From Storm. Mr. Bloomberg,
a political independent in his third term leading New York City,
has been sharply critical of Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mitt
Romney, the president’s Republican rival, saying that both men
had failed to candidly confront the problems afflicting the
nation. But he said he had decided over the past several days
that Mr. Obama was the better candidate to tackle the global
climate change that he believes might have contributed to the
violent storm, which took the lives of at least 38 New Yorkers
and caused billions of dollars in damage. Posted.

Hurricane Sandy prompts Calif. to push back auction deadline.
Hurricane Sandy has prompted California to push back a deadline
for bidders to participate in the state's first greenhouse gas
auction. The state Air Resources Board has extended the deadline
for bid guarantees to Nov. 7 to account for the state of
emergency in New York. Deposits were originally due to Deutsche
Bank National Trust Co.'s Wall Street office by this afternoon at
5 p.m. EDT, but the hurricane has disrupted power to much of
Lower Manhattan. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/11/02/7 BY


Gasoline Runs Short, Adding Woes to Storm Recovery. Widespread
gas shortages stirred fears among residents and disrupted some
rescue and emergency services as the New York region continued to
struggle on Friday to return to a semblance of normalcy after
being ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Tiny increments of progress,
including a second day of limited subway and bus lines, have been
made in the aftermath of what officials are calling the worst
storm to hit New York City. Posted. 

Estimate of Economic Losses Now Up to $50 Billion. With fuel in
short supply in many areas and utilities warning that power may
not be back for a week or more in some areas, businesses found
themselves preparing for the equivalent of a long siege. FedEx,
for example, was trying to rent fuel tankers for its trucks in
New York and New Jersey as commercial gas stations ran dry.
“We’re reaching out to everyone who has a gasoline tanker that we
can move to these areas,” said Shea Leordeanu, a spokeswoman for
the company. While FedEx had stocks of oil in advance of the
storm for generators, it was not prepared for the gas shortages
that caused long lines at stations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Chevron sued in Argentina over Ecuadorean spills. Lawyers for
Amazonian Indians are seeking the seizure of $2 billion of
Chevron Corp.'s assets in Argentina as they try to collect an
$18.7 billion environmental judgment won in Ecuador last year.
Argentine lawyer Enrique Bruchou said Thursday that his seizure
request should send a strong signal to foreign investors that
they must apply the same environmental standards wherever they do
business. Similar lawsuits were filed this year in Canada and
Brazil. Posted.

Issue of U.S. exporting fuel is absent from presidential
campaign. While President Barack Obama and Republican
presidential nominee Mitt Romney trumpet the need for lower fuel
prices and American energy security, the United States has
exported petroleum products at a record pace. There’s sharp
argument over how these exports affect the price that Americans
now pay for fuel. But analysts and members of Congress say it’s
only a matter of time before the nation will have to grapple with
how much it sells abroad of the resources that power America, for
which other countries are increasingly thirsty. Posted.

Cuomo: 'No reason to panic' over gas shortages. New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo says he's signed an executive order waiving a
requirement that fuel tankers register and pay tax before
unloading. He also is threatening utility companies' rights to
operate in the state in the future if they don't immediately put
power restoration work into high gear. The governor says there's
"no reason to panic" about gas shortages. Posted.


Car leases let more motorists ditch gas. Getting off gasoline has
never been easier. Record breaking October gasoline prices in
Southern California have boosted the value of plug-in electric
and alternative-fuel vehicles by allowing drivers to save more
money. Vehicles like the all-electric Nissan Leaf or a Honda
Civic powered by natural gas operate for a fraction of the cost
of traditional gasoline and diesel models. But day-to-day fuel
savings are only part of the equation. Posted.

EPA finds Hyundai, Kia overstated gas mileage. Hyundai and Kia
overstated the gas mileage on most of their models from the past
three years in an embarrassing blunder that could bring sanctions
from the U.S. government and millions of dollars in payments to
car owners. Because of the inflated mileage, discovered during an
audit by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Korean
automakers must retrofit the window stickers on the cars,
reducing their fuel economy figures by one-to-six miles per
gallon depending on the model, the agency said Friday. Posted.


Costs for San Onofre outage: $317 million. Costs connected with
problems at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant so far have
topped $317 million, mostly for the purchase of replacement
power, according to a quarterly report from Edison International
released Thursday. Costs connected with problems at the shuttered
San Onofre nuclear plant so far have topped $317 million, mostly
for the purchase of replacement power, according to a quarterly
report from Edison International released Thursday. Posted.

What we throw away. City study looks at composition of Miramar
landfill waste, to pinpoint ways to recycle more. Among the piles
of crumpled paper, old bottles and rotten vegetables at the
Miramar Landfill, city environmental officials are compiling a
record of what San Diegans use, and what they throw away. “You
can see a snapshot of their lives,” said recycling program
manager Kenneth Prue. “You can see the different things they’re
purchasing or consuming.” Posted.

TEMESCAL VALLEY: Landfill sends cash to university. Each year
Riverside County transforms tons of waste from the El Sobrante
Landfill into pay dirt for conservation and research programs at
UC Riverside. This year the county gave $294,500 to support
research activities at UCR’s Center for Conservation Biology and
Center for Environmental Research Technology. The school has
received more than $2.7 million from the landfill since 2001.

City launches paint recycling. Consumers can drop off leftover
household paint at retail stores starting this month, under a new
state program that aims to make paint disposal more convenient.
Thirty paint stores throughout San Diego County are offering the
service. Until now, residents could drop off unused paint only
during specific times at hazardous waste disposal sites, leading
many to leave it in garages, or dump it with trash. Posted.


Viewpoints: Cap and trade should look to broader goals. It is
election season and no one is talking seriously about
cap-and-trade programs for greenhouse gas emissions in the United
States. Congress has not touched this issue since the
Waxman-Markey national cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases
was killed in 2010. President Barack Obama is pointing fingers at
Republicans for originating the idea way back in the 1990s. And
Mitt Romney now says he is opposed to it. Only the state of
California is bucking this trend. Posted.

Editorial: Sandy's wrath shows threat to California coast. The
death and devastation on the East Coast should be another wake-up
call for Californians on how vulnerable our coast is to storm
surges and high waves. The threat is rising along with sea
levels, a global phenomenon being accelerated by climate change.
Sandy's wrath brings to real life the warnings from two major
studies this year. Posted.


Bloomberg endorses Obama over climate change. Does Obama deserve
it? For a day or two, global warming might actually become a big
issue in the presidential race. On Thursday, New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg came out and endorsed President Obama’s
re-election bid, arguing that Hurricane Sandy had brought climate
change to the forefront — and commending Obama’s record on this
front. “Our climate is changing,” Bloomberg wrote. Posted.

A Hard Look at U.S. Reactor Hardware After Fukushima. Over the
objections of the nuclear industry, the staff of the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission is planning to recommend the adoption of a
new rule requiring American reactors similar to the ones at
Fukushima Daiichi to install emergency vents with filters on
them. The filtered vents would be required on two of the oldest
reactor designs sold by General Electric. Posted.

Mystery at Port Newark: Why Did 17 Plug-In Cars Burn? Amid all
the damage left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake is an automotive
whodunit, or rather, what-dunit? What caused more than a million
dollars-worth of plug-in hybrid vehicles, including 16 Fisker
Karma luxury sedans, to catch fire Monday night at Port Newark?
Fisker, based in Anaheim, Calif.,  has had problems with vehicle
fires in the past, including one incident this year that prompted
the recall of more than 2,000 Karmas to replace a faulty cooling
fan. Posted.

San Onofre outage costs now more than $300 million [Updated]. The
costs of the outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant continue to
soar, but it remains unclear who will ultimately foot the bill.
Edison International, the parent company of plant operator and
majority owner Southern California Edison, reported its third
quarter earnings Thursday, including new details on the costs of
the troubles at the plant. The company reported that inspection
and repair costs relating to the outage totaled $96 million as of
Sept. 30, and the costs of replacing its power had risen to $221
million. Posted.

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