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ARB Newsclips for November 30, 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 Air district chief asks Congress for rule flexibility. The director of the valley's air pollution control district testified before a congressional subcommittee Thursday about problems with the Clean Air Act. Seyed Sadredin, director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, gave politicians a detailed look at the difficulties of working with the myriad rules, bureaucratic policies and court decisions that have calcified around the act over the past 20 years. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/politics/local/x59956736/Air-district-chief-asks-Congress-for-rule-flexibility BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Pledges to fight global warming inadequate, U.S. off track: study. Major nations' policies are inadequate to limit global warming and the United States is off track even in carrying out its weak pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific scorecard showed on Friday. The Climate Action Tracker report, issued on the sidelines of talks among almost 200 countries in Doha about climate change, said a toughening of policies was still possible to avert damaging floods, heat waves and rising seas. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-climate-talks-emitters-idUSBRE8AT0JA20121130 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/carbon-price-idUSL5E8MU1P820121130 UN climate boss: No support for tough climate deal. The United Nations climate chief is urging people not to look solely to their governments to make tough decisions to slow global warming, and instead to consider their own role in solving the problem. Approaching the half-way point of two-week climate talks in Doha, Christiana Figueres, the head of the U.N.'s climate change secretariat, said Friday that she didn't see "much public interest, support, for governments to take on more ambitious and more courageous decisions." Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/UN-climate-boss-No-support-for-tough-climate-deal-4080203.php#ixzz2DjCXGuTZ http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22098478/un-climate-boss-no-support-tough-climate-deal?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/30/3084091/un-climate-boss-no-support-for.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22098478/un-climate-boss-no-support-tough-climate-deal?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/un-climate-boss-no-support-for-tough-climate-deal/image_254a06d0-944a-5f5e-9ba6-7ec19efcf6d5.html http://modbee.com/2012/11/30/2475957/un-climate-boss-no-support-for.html#storylink=misearch Ice sheets melting at poles faster than before. Fueled by global warming, polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are now melting three times faster than they did in the 1990s, a new scientific study says. So far, that's only added about half an inch to rising sea levels, not as bad as some earlier worst case scenarios. But the melting's quicker pace, especially in Greenland, has ice scientists worried. One of the biggest wild cards in climate change has been figuring out how much the melting of the massive sheets of ice at the two poles would add to the seas. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Ice-sheets-melting-at-poles-faster-than-before-4077544.php#ixzz2DjDrNt2q http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/11/29/new-study-provides-clearest-evidence-yet-of-polar-ice-melt 13 things to know about California's cap-and-trade program. State regulators are celebrating California's first-ever auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances held Nov. 14. So what exactly happened? Why does it matter? And what happens next? We've gotten many questions about the cap-and-trade program from our readers at the San Jose Mercury News; here's answers to several of them. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22092533/13-things-know-about-california-cap-trade-program?source=rss http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_22092533/13-things-know-about-california-cap-trade-program?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_22092533/13-things-know-about-california-cap-trade-program?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Senators say Sandy poses severe challenge to climate skeptics. Senate Democrats believe the wreckage from Superstorm Sandy could hasten a "turning point" in the public's blurred perception of climate change and spur a bipartisan effort to build dunes and sea walls to protect Americans. Lawmakers from stricken coastal states pleaded for an ambitious response yesterday to help victims of last month's storm build new homes, repair businesses or, at least, get the heat turned on. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/11/30/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS AAA calls for suspension of E15 gasoline sales. Leading road travel group AAA on Friday called on the U.S. government to suspend the sale of gasoline with a higher blend of ethanol fuel, the latest opposition against increasing the use of biofuels in transport. A lack of public awareness about the risks of using 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, in older cars could cause problems for motorists, according to an AAA study published Friday. The current standard is 10 percent, or E10. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-usa-gasoline-idUSBRE8AT0JF20121130 VEHICLES Auto industry frets about more fuel mileage fiascos like Hyundai's. Hyundai Motor Co's (005380.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) admission that it overstated fuel economy claims on several of its top-selling cars has the industry worried, with speculation rife among executives and analysts at the Los Angeles auto show that more automakers may have to do the same. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-autoshow-hyundai-mileage-idUSBRE8AT08420121130 L.A. Auto Show: 2013 Ford Fusion named Green Car of the Year. The 2013 line of Ford Fusion vehicles was named this year's Green Car of the Year on Thursday morning at the L.A. Auto Show. The sedan was chosen by Green Car Journal for its low petroleum use, low carbon dioxide emissions and its pricing, which the publication said can lead to the kind of sales "that can truly influence environmental improvement." The Fusion starts at $21,700. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/laautoshow/la-fi-hy-autos-laas-ford-fusion-green-car-20121129,0,761709.story LA Auto Show: Electric cars grabbing attention. The Los Angeles Auto Show 2012 has opened its doors to the public today, 30 November, and will stay open until 9 December. In the heart of California’s progressive policy environment towards more fuel-efficient vehicles with a clear Zero Emissions Vehicle mandate, the Los Angeles Auto Show attracts many electric cars. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5053 It’s Time for Single-Passenger Electric Vehicles. Bringing practical, affordable electric cars to market is not just an issue of technology. It’s also is an issue of how one sees the world. From my perspective, what we need is a lot more single-seat cars. Pop Quiz: Out of every 10 cars you see on the road, how many are carrying only one person? Answer: About 9 out of 10. With this in mind, imagine our rush hour highways filled with colorful, fun-to-drive, 200-MPGe…Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/it%E2%80%99s-time-single-passenger-electric-vehicles-125503.html Singapore introducing stiff new feebate scheme for low carbon cars. Singapore will implement a new Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEV) on 1 January 2012, providing rebates to qualified new cars, taxis, and imported used cars with low carbon emissions, and imposing an equivalent surcharge on higher emitting vehicles. This new scheme will replace the existing Green Vehicle Rebate (GVR) scheme that will expire on 31 December 2012. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/11/spore-20121129.html HIGH-SPEED RAIL Bullet train chief, critic have dueling views at San Jose forum. Before taking the helm of California's High-Speed Rail Authority, Dan Richard told Gov. Jerry Brown that the plan was "really screwed up and going to end up biting you in the ankles." Richard didn't like the idea of sending it up the Peninsula to San Francisco as opposed to traversing Altamont Pass. He also was in league with those who thought laying the rail along a stretch of the Central Valley was a bad beginning to the ambitious $69 billion project. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_22095957/bullet-train-chief-opponent-have-dueling-views-at?source=rss GREEN ENERGY Allow south state power plant work, Gov. Brown and others tell JPMorgan. Gov. Jerry Brown and a chorus of state officials are asking the U.S. government to force investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. to step aside and allow a badly needed power-plant renovation in Southern California. JPMorgan's trading subsidiary was accused two weeks ago by the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state's transmission grid, of stonewalling the overhaul of a pair of plants in Huntington Beach. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/30/5020283/allow-south-state-power-plant.html#storylink=cpy OPINIONS Let’s Stick Together. WHEN I was asked a few years ago what the financial crisis taught me, I replied, “It’s the global economy, stupid.” Well, what I actually said was it taught me that “global problems need global solutions.” I would now go further: My 13 years in government have taught me that the pre-eminent international issue is whether we can develop a level of global cooperation that matches the global dimension of our problems. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/opinion/global/gordon-brown-global-economic-problems-need-global-solutions.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Eugene Robinson: Climate change is a legacy we dare not leave. You might not have noticed that another round of U.N. climate talks is under way, this time in Doha, Qatar. You also might not have noticed that we're barreling toward a "world … of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions." Here in Washington, we're too busy to pay attention to such trifles. We're too busy arguing about who gets credit or blame for teeny-weeny changes in the tax code. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/30/5020065/climate-change-is-a-legacy-we.html#storylink=cpy State out in front on environment. The news article "Cap-and-trade carbon auction a sellout" (Nov. 20, Page A-6) is a good piece on the topic of cap-and-trade for carbon emissions, but it misses a couple of important points when it comes to carbon dioxide. For one thing, cap- and-trade is one more in a long line of environmental approaches where California is way out in front of the rest of the United States. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/11/29/2475224/state-out-in-front-on-environment.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy JEFF TAYLOR: Amtrak upgrade or high-speed rail? Seems pretty clear here. Caltrans has circulated a study that evaluates substantial proposed upgrades to Amtrak's San Joaquin corridor. Agencies and the public have 30 days to comment on the document. The deadline is Dec. 13. Caltrans' proposed project includes upgrading and/or installing a second or third track from Oakland to Stockton and from Sacramento to Stockton through Modesto, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Hanford, Corcoran and Wasco into Bakersfield. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/opinion/hot-Topics/x1801510172/JEFF-TAYLOR-Amtrak-upgrade-or-high-speed-rail-Seems-pretty-clear-here BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. SANDAG plan good enough for air board. At a local Superior Court hearing Friday afternoon, billions of dollars in planned regional transportation projects could be tied up for years in service of an agenda that undermines local authority, divides state agencies and seeks endless litigation. This unconstructive result could set a precedent for similar power plays around California. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/sandag-plan-good-enough-for-air-board/article_55fe18c7-c8c7-58f1-9310-4869387d5d77.html BLOGS Ford Fusion Wins ‘Green Car of the Year’ Prize. Ford Motor Co. scored the “Green Car of the Year” award for its new Ford Fusion sedan, by Green Car Journal magazine, in a break from past winners that went to pure fuel economy. The Fusion, which went on sale in October, won because it is offered with a variety of power trains, including a hybrid option that is rated to get 47 mpg, a future plug-in hybrid version that is expected to attain better than 100 miles-per-gallon equivalency. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2012/11/30/ford-fusion-wins-green-car-of-the-year-prize/ Climate change science gets more compelling as politicians fiddle. The politics and the science of global warming remain far apart. International climate negotiators in Doha, Qatar this week began talking about a climate treaty to be agreed by 2015 and implemented by 2020, when all that was supposed to be finished in Copenhagen three years ago. Inspiring. Meanwhile, the evidence supporting the broad international scientific consensus on climate change is only becoming more compelling, with three big, peer-reviewed studies out this week alone. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/climate-change-science-gets-more-compelling-as-politicians-fiddle/2012/11/30/f9eedd92-3b0a-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_blog.html Meanwhile, the climate keeps on changing for the worse. Those who like to pretend the climate isn't changing expect the rest of us to join them in their delusion. Meanwhile, since the temperature of the Earth is rising and the world's glaciers are melting, we have this thing called sea level rise. But we have a problem. The sea level rise projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are wrong. They are two low. Posted. http://blogs.redding.com/dcraig/archives/2012/11/meanwhile-the-c.html Move a little closer, please: ‘Carbon Zero,’ chapter 3. How we build our cities determines how we live in them. If we are going to imagine a carbon zero city, in most cases we need to start with a fresh understanding of how we get around in them. Transportation, after all, generates the largest share of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions. Cars account for most of that, but it’s not just driving cars that’s causing those emissions. Posted. http://grist.org/cities/move-a-little-closer-please-carbon-zero-chapter-3/