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ARB Newsclips for November 14, 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. CAP AND TRADE California to debut landmark cap-and-trade system. California is debuting its new, landmark cap-and-trade program with an auction of greenhouse gas pollution permits, despite an eleventh-hour lawsuit filed by the state's largest business group. The cap-and-trade plan is a central piece of the state's 2006 global warming law, AB32, a suite of regulations meant to reduce dramatically the state's emissions of heat-trapping gases. 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California is set to unveil a new weapon in its fight against global climate change on Wednesday when it holds its first sale of carbon emissions permits - a landmark experiment that it hopes will serve as a model for other U.S. states and the federal government. The state's carbon auction is a key step in the initiation of its "cap-and-trade" program, a policy where the state sets a limit, or cap, on the amount of heat-trapping gases released by manufacturers, oil refineries, electric utilities and other large emitting businesses. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/california-carbon-auction-idUSL1E8MDGLQ20121114 European Official Presses for Action on Carbon Program. The European Union’s climate commissioner demanded Wednesday that E.U. member states reach agreement before the end of the year on a stop-gap measure to tackle the virtual collapse of the bloc’s main instrument for cutting carbon emissions. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, proposed on Monday to defer the auction of 900 million carbon allowances that would have been sold between 2013 and 2015, the first three years of the next phase of the E.U. Emissions Trading Scheme. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/15/business/global/european-official-presses-for-action-on-carbon-program.html Latest tool to fight global warming: an auction. With the outcome potentially driving how much consumers will pay for gas and groceries, California on Wednesday plans to launch the latest in a series of historic directives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. This initiative, known as cap and trade, involves the state’s first-ever live auction of millions of pollution permits. It’s part of regulators’ mandate for industry to comply with an emissions limit by 2020. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/13/latest-tool-fight-global-warming-auction/ AIR POLLUTION What's the Big Stink About La Jolla Cove? Something stinks in La Jolla. The odor is so foul that diners near the La Jolla Cove are known to leave restaurants before their meals arrive. Tourists have told some hoteliers they won’t be returning until “that smell” goes away. If only it were so simple. Years ago, La Jolla residents and tourists frequented the bluffs that surround the cove but the rocky areas have since been fenced off. Cormorants, seagulls and seals have taken over, leaving behind piles of feces. Posted. http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/environment/article_3cdaca12-2dcd-11e2-b5c2-0019bb2963f4.html Congress protects airlines from EU emissions tax. Congress on Tuesday stepped in to protect U.S. airlines from having to pay into a European Union program to cut emissions that its critics say is unilateral and illegal. House action to pass the bill came a day after the EU, facing protests from numerous countries and a possible trade war, said it was postponing enforcement for non-EU airlines. Lawmakers, while welcoming the EU action, said it was still necessary for Congress to ensure that U.S. airlines won't get taxed by the EU in the future. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/14/congress-protects-airlines-from-eu-emissions-tax/ Greenhouse gas emissions down again in Sonoma County. Greenhouse gas emissions declined in Sonoma County in 2011 for the third straight year, reflecting an expansion of renewable energy sources and a down economy, which lowered demand for power and transportation. Still, Sonoma County’s goal of reducing emissions 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2015 remains elusive, officials said Tuesday. The annual report card by the Climate Protection Campaign was presented at the Sonoma County Strategies for Sustainability, a conference that drew 160 people from government, industry and the public to discuss better environmental practice. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121114/COMMUNITY/121119797 CLIMATE CHANGE Global warming talk heats up, revisits carbon tax. Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax. On Tuesday, a conservative think tank held discussions about it while a more liberal think tank released a paper on it. And the Congressional Budget Office issued a 19-page report on the different ways to make a carbon tax less burdensome on lower income people. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_SUPERSTORM_CLIMATE_TALK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/14/global-warming-talk-heats-up-revisits-carbon-tax/ South Korea Restricts Carbon Offsets, Sets Rules for Giveaways. South Korea asked its largest emitters to make cutbacks at home before giving them credit for overseas spending to reduce greenhouse gases, and it will begin charging for about 3 percent of pollution allowances in 2018. The nation won’t allow so-called global carbon offsets until after 2020, according to an e-mailed statement today from the prime minister’s office and other government agencies. South Korea agreed in May to start a cap-and-trade system in 2015 to…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-13/south-korea-asks-for-carbon-cuts-at-home-before-allowing-offsets.html Glacier melt cited as main cause of rising seas. Austrian experts say melting glaciers have been the single greatest cause of rising sea level over the past century. Scientists at the respected University of Innsbruck say that between 1902 and 2007, glaciers contributed 11 centimeters (4.33 inches) to a total sea level rise of about 20 centimeters (nearly 8 inches). They also said Wednesday that by 2100, melting glaciers could raise sea levels by another 22 centimeters. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Glacier-melt-cited-as-main-cause-of-rising-seas-4036421.php#ixzz2CDmmpL3y Has moving climate talks forward become a legacy issue for Obama? President Obama's election to a second term means America can "push the reset button" on the turbulent U.N. climate change negotiations, World Resources Institute President Andrew Steer said yesterday. Steer, who served as the World Bank's climate change envoy before joining WRI in August, said it is time for the administration to show "real leadership" on climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/11/14/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Experts discuss carbon tax revenue and design. A tide of economic experts expressed support for taxing carbon emissions at a conservative think tank yesterday. But separately, the oil and gas industry injected a sobering reminder that the policy "doesn't exist" and might never see the light of day. The American Enterprise Institute hosted a daylong event exploring how Congress might structure a carbon tax in emerging negotiations aimed at tamping down the deficit while averting widespread tax hikes on most Americans. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/11/14/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Fuel From Waste, Poised at a Milestone. For years, scientists and engineers have been juggling various combinations of acids, steam, bacteria, catalysts and the digestive juices of microorganisms to convert agricultural waste and even household garbage into motor fuel. So far, such alternative fuels have not moved beyond small pilot plants, despite federal incentives to encourage companies to develop them. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/business/energy-environment/alternative-fuels-long-delayed-promise-might-be-near-fruition.html Algae-based fuel on sale in Bay Area. Big oil took a small but significant hit Tuesday when Bay Area motorists began filling up their gas tanks with algae, becoming the first private citizens in the world to use a domestically grown product that could revolutionize the fuel industry. The first alternative fuel made from algae went on sale at four Bay Area gas stations in what advocates insist is the first wave in a tide of clean fuel that will hit the marketplace. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Algae-based-fuel-on-sale-in-Bay-Area-4035462.php#ixzz2CDmF1zej Lafayette buying propane-fueled buses. By early spring, some students in the Lafayette Parish school system will be riding on more cost-efficient, environmentally friendly buses powered by propane rather than diesel. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/W28Vkd) the School Board has approved the purchase of eight new propane-fueled buses at a cost of about $710,000. District transportation director Bill Samec said the buses cost about $88,000 each - about $6,000 more than a diesel-powered bus. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/14/lafayette-buying-propane-fueled-buses/ GE, Pickens' Clean Energy in natural-gas supply deal for trucks. General Electric Co reached a deal to sell equipment to Clean Energy Fuels Corp, which is building out a series of liquefied natural gas fueling stations for U.S. truckers. The largest U.S. conglomerate sees liquefied natural gas equipment as becoming a $1 billion market over the next five years, said Mike Hosford, general manager of unconventional resources for GE Oil & Gas. Clean Energy…Posted. http://news.yahoo.com/ge-pickens-clean-energy-natural-gas-supply-deal-120220822--sector.html How you can help clean energy eat Big Oil’s lunch. Bill McKibben and the folks at 350.org have decided to target the pernicious financial influence of the fossil fuel industry and its front groups. On the day following the election, they kicked off a 21-city “Do the Math” tourto "mount an unprecedented campaign to cut off the industry’s financial and political support by divesting our schools, churches and government from fossil fuels." Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/how-you-can-help-clean-energy-eat-big-oils-lunch/ Increasingly costly coal plants may be retired early. The beauty of the free market is that it's ruthless. It's an ongoing footrace with pushing and shoving and scrambling that rewards whoever's in the front. The market doesn't care that you used to be in front. If you're losing, you're losing. Coal is losing. And in the race coal's in -- for cheap, abundant, clean energy -- it's hard to catch back up. Posted. http://grist.org/news/increasingly-costly-coal-plants-may-be-retired-early/ Meanwhile, carbon dioxide emissions rose 2.5 percent last year. This magic number, 350, trumpeted by 350.org and hailed as a marker of climate health, signifies a particular goal in the effort to curb carbon dioxide pollution. 350 is the target amount of CO2, in parts-per-million, that it would take to maintain global temperatures at near-normal levels. Holding steady at 350 ppm would require, according to a 2006 study, a 5 percent reduction in emissions each year. Posted. http://grist.org/news/meanwhile-carbon-dioxide-emissions-rose-2-5-percent-last-year/ VEHICLES Ford poll finds Europeans want freedom of car ownership, but worry about traffic, cost of driving, environment. A new Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll of 6,000 people across Europe found that most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment. Ford commissioned the survey, conducted by the consultancy The Futures Company, to better understand the opinions and attitudes of Europeans across a range of mobility issues—from car sharing to green driving to the future of the internal combustion engine. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/11/fordpoll-20121114.html Toyota researchers show superior performance for tin anode for Mg-ion batteries with conventional electrolytes. Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) have developed an insertion-type tin (Sn) anode material for use in a magnesium-ion (Mg-ion) battery (earlier post) that shows superior operating voltages and capacity. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/11/trina-20121114.html Reaction Design introduces model fuel library resulting from work of Model Fuels Consortium. Reaction Design is introducing the first volume of the industry’s most well-validated available Model Fuel Library, the result of seven years of research and validation under the Model Fuels Consortium (earlier post). MFC members included Toyota, GE Energy, VW, Suzuki, Petrobras and Conoco. The MFC is ending its work in December. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/11/reaction-design-introduces-model-fuel-library-resulting-from-work-of-model-fuels-consortium.html SwRI to demonstrate use of electric vehicles as part of emergency power microgrid under US Army SPIDERS program. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was recently awarded a $7-million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers to demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators and solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/11/swri-20121114.html GREEN ENERGY As U.S. hesitates, California pours billions into green energy. California, long the national leader in clean energy policy, is poised to double down on its investments in the sector, with billions in new subsidies set to flow in over the next few years. California voters last week directed some $2.5 billion to energy conservation programs with the approval of Proposition 39, which closes a corporate tax loophole, allocates about half of the new revenue to environmental goals for five years, and which passed with more than 60 percent of the vote. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-clean-energy-california-idUSBRE8AD0F720121114?utm_source=California+Brightspot&utm_campaign=ef290ed64d-my_google_analytics_key&utm_medium=email Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit. The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans over fiscal issues, officials said Tuesday. The wind energy production tax credit is due to expire at the end of the year. Its extension stalled in Congress this summer amid fierce opposition from some conservative House Republicans. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/governors-call-for-renewing-wind-energy-tax-credit/article_84caf5a0-02c8-5482-b987-604883851c2b.html OPINIONS Dan Walters: California begins huge experiment in greenhouse gas regulation. It probably wasn't happenstance that California's historic – good or bad, it's historic – experiment in greenhouse gas regulation was delayed until after an election in which voters would be deciding on new taxes. Any debate over the consumers' costs of greenhouse gas reduction could have, at least theoretically, negatively influenced voters on tax increases – and there will be costs. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/14/4983921/dan-walters-california-begins.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters Time to do something about the weather. There was precious little discussion of climate change during the presidential campaign and most other political races this year. That may strike some as a little surprising, given the weather that's been plaguing much of the nation over the past couple of years, which has cost billions of dollars of damage and taken hundreds of lives. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/14/3065598/time-to-do-something-about-the.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Walters: Air cleanup will be costly. It probably wasn't happenstance that California's historic -- good or bad, it's historic -- experiment in greenhouse gas regulation was delayed until after an election in which voters would be deciding on new taxes. Any debate over the consumers' costs of greenhouse gas reduction could have, at least theoretically, negatively influenced voters on tax increases -- and there will be costs. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/14/3065433/walters-air-cleanup-will-be-costly.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy BLOGS Delhi’s Disappearing Night Sky. You could be pardoned for thinking that light pollution is someone’s idea of a Diwali joke.With concerns about rising air pollution hanging over India’s capital like the thick blanket of smog that appeared a few weeks ago and activists against noise pollution jostling to be heard over the burst of holiday firecrackers, the relatively benign problem of light pollution may not seem too important. Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/delhis-disappearing-night-sky/ When a Green Job Is More Than a Green Job. Can a community like the South Bronx, which suffers from high unemployment, underinvestment and so-called environmental injustice, fit into the green economy? In 2010 a union-backed training initiative took on the question, enrolling unemployed residents, including many who had served time in prison, in a green jobs certification program. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/when-a-green-job-is-more-than-a-green-job/ Toyota Recalling 670,000 Prius Hybrids in U.S. Toyota is recalling 670,000 of its 2004-9 Prius hybrids in the United States to fix problems involving the loss of steering and the hybrid powertrain shutting down, the automaker has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The move is part of a worldwide recall of almost 2.78 million vehicles, according to The Associated Press, which quoted Toyota officials in Japan. Only the Prius is affected in the United States. Outside the United States the recall covers the Corolla and the Wish, a small van. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/toyota-recalling-670000-prius-hybrids-in-u-s/ Bay Area makes lists of cities with high air quality. We can all breathe a little easier now that the Bay Area was named one of the top 25 metro regions with the best air quality. AOL Real Estate recently highlighted a study done by scientific engineering technology company Honeywell, where it looked at metro regions across the U.S. and ranked them based on air quality. Rankings were based on pollen counts, ozone concentrations, public smoking laws, green initiatives and other factors. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2012/11/14/bay-area-makes-lists-of-cities-with-high-air-quality/ Calif. Chamber of Commerce Sues to Invalidate Cap-and-Trade Auctions. The California Chamber of Commerce launched a legal torpedo at the state’s new carbon trading market, set to begin Wednesday. The group, which represents 13,000 businesses in the state, is asking the Sacramento Superior Court to invalidate the state’s first official auction of permits for large emitters of greenhouse gases. The suit challenges the California Air Resources Board's authority under the state's 2006 climate-change…Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2012/11/13/calif-chamber-of-commerce-sues-to-invalidate-cap-and-trade-auctions/ Top 4 things to know about California's first ever carbon auction. While millions of Americans recover from the Sandy-Nor’easter extreme weather event combo, and even as President Obama’s remarks about action against a “warming planet” linger, all eyes will be on California this coming Wednesday. This is when the next big event in the climate change conversation will take place. Between 10am and 1pm pacific time on November 14th, California will conduct the state’s first ever cap-and-trade auction for climate change pollution. Posted. http://blogs.edf.org/californiadream/2012/11/12/top-4-things-to-know-about-californias-first-ever-carbon-auction/ Innovate, not Litigate. It’s no secret that California has been leading the nation in setting policy that will reward businesses that innovate and make smart investments in the clean economy. And the rewards have already begun to roll-in for California. Last year, venture capitalists made more than half of their clean technology investments in California – a total of about $3.7 Billion flowing into the state. And as EDF’s own report has shown, California’s clean economy is growing faster and has proved more resilient during economic downturns than other sectors of the economy. Posted. http://blogs.edf.org/californiadream/2012/11/14/innovate-not-litigate/