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ARB Newsclips for November 2, 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 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/bloomberg-endorses-obama-saying-hurricane-sandy-affected-decision.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/sandy-puts-climate-change-back-in-the-conversation/2012/11/01/685da046-2487-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_story.html?wprss=rss_national 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/bloomberg-endorses-obama-saying-hurricane-sandy-affected-decision.html?ref=science 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/nyregion/recovery-efforts-after-hurricane-sandy.html?pagewanted=all 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. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/business/estimate-of-economic-losses-now-up-to-50-billion.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 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. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/01/chevron-sued-in-argentina-over-ecuadorean-spills/ 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. http://www.modbee.com/2012/11/01/2438610/issue-of-us-exporting-fuel-is.html#storylink=misearch SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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. http://www.modbee.com/2012/11/02/2439642/cuomo-no-reason-to-panic-over.html#storylink=misearch SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES 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. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/01/leases-let-more-motorists-ditch-gasoline/ 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. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/epa-finds-hyundai-kia-overstated-gas-mileage/article_86b800b0-68c1-578e-ad86-70caf0f31b72.html MISCELLANEOUS 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. http://www.ocregister.com/news/steam-376479-edison-power.html 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. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/31/trash-study-looks-at-what-san-diegans-throw-away/ 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. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20121101-temescal-valley-landfill-sends-cash-to-university.ece 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. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/01/city-launches-paint-recycling/ OPINIONS 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. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/02/4956023/cap-and-trade-should-look-to.html#storylink=cpy 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. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/02/4956016/sandys-wrath-shows-threat-to-california.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/11/01/bloomberg-endorses-obama-over-climate-change-does-he-deserve-it/?wprss=rss_business 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. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/a-hard-look-at-u-s-reactor-hardware-after-fukushima/ 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. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/mystery-at-port-newark-why-did-17-plug-in-cars-burn/ 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. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/san-onofre-costs.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+%28L.A.+Now%29