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ARB Newsclips for December 5, 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 RESOURCES BOARD Air Resources Board Makes Sure Truck Drivers Comply. The California Air Resources Board has been out in full force for the past year making sure truck drivers are within regulation. Today they targeted the Calexico border crossing. Enforcement teams have been in the Imperial Valley but this is the first time the educational team has come out to make sure that truckers comply with the policy. Posted. http://www.kyma.com/slp.php?idN=7693&cat=Local%20News CAP AND TRADE First Cap-And-Trade Allowance Auction Rakes In More Than $289 Million For State Coffers. The first of the quarterly cap-and-trade allowance auctions, held by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) on November 15, resulted in the sale of $289,102,449.90 worth of carbon permits primarily to entities covered by state law AB 32. To give some perspective, that amount is 15.2 percent of the projected state budget deficit for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which includes new taxes from the passage of Proposition 30. Posted. http://lbbusinessjournal.com/long-beach-business-journal-newswatch/176-12-12-03/1107-first-cap-and-trade-allowance-auction-rakes-in-more-than-289-million-for-state-coffers.html AIR POLLUTION Asian Cities’ Air Quality Getting Worse, Experts Warn. Air pollution has worsened markedly in Asian cities in recent years and presents a growing threat to human health, according to experts at a conference that began on Wednesday. Clean Air Asia, a regional network on air-quality management, aggregated data from more than 300 cities in 16 Asian countries and found that levels of fine particulate matter — a key pollutant in terms of its impact on human health — were below targets recommended by the World Health Organization in just 16 cities, most of them in Japan. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/asia/asian-cities-air-quality-getting-worse-experts-warn.html?_r=0 China pledges $56 billion to cut air pollution. Local governments will fund most of the programs aimed at cutting the level of harmful particles in the air in 117 cities by at least 5 percent between 2011 and 2015, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a statement on its website. Doctors warn that the tiny floating PM 2.5 particles, named for their less than 2.5 micrometer diameter, can settle in the lungs and cause respiratory problems and other illnesses. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-china-pollution-idUSBRE8B40H220121205 Group pitches targeting US power plant emissions state by state. The Natural Resources Defense Council called on Tuesday for the Environmental Protection Agency to set state-specific emission rates that would take into account their different energy generation mixes. Power plants account for one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA in March used the federal Clean Air Act to issue an emissions performance standard for new power plants that would make it virtually impossible to build new coal-fired facilities. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/epa-power-plants-idUSL1E8N4DVP20121204 Russia to set 2020 carbon target that will let emissions rise. Russia plans to set itself a binding 2020 goal for carbon emissions, a top climate change official said on Wednesday - the only problem is it would allow them to rise. Russia's emissions plunged after the collapse of Soviet-era smokestack industries to 2.21 billion tonnes in 2010, or 34 percent below 1990 levels, according to the latest data available from the nation's official statistics. However, it is still the world's fourth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China, the United States and India. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/climate-talks-russia-idUSL5E8N540M20121205 Bay Area breathes easier, ozone data show. Compared with Southern California, living in the Bay Area is a breath of fresh air. That's according to air pollution data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on the number of days per year in which smog, soot and other ozone emissions surpass U.S. regulatory standards, the Bay Area's nine counties fall well below the state average. This is good news, as breathing pollution puts people at risk for asthma and other medical conditions. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Bay-Area-breathes-easier-ozone-data-show-4091179.php#ixzz2ECaEYrgc Court rules against long-range transportation plan. A nearly $200 billion road map charting how a growing San Diego County will meet its transportation demands over the next four decades may have to be redrawn. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor this week ruled that the plan fails to comply with state environmental laws that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/blogsnew/news/politics/court-rules-against-long-range-transportation-plan/article_c79aca41-7988-58a4-b47d-b7abdfe61eeb.html San Diego hits clean-air milestone. San Diego County has achieved a milestone in its quest for cleaner air, reducing unhealthy ozone to the lowest levels ever despite steadily growing numbers of people and vehicles. As a result, the region will soon be declared in compliance with 1997 federal ozone standards for the first time, heading off any threats of sanctions. Cleaner cars and cleaner fuels are receiving most of the credit. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/blogsnew/news/politics/san-diego-hits-clean-air-milestone/article_05ff0b72-804b-5156-b9d5-9ee20e00df45.html CLIMATE CHANGE World Bank: Arab World hit hard by climate change. The Middle East and North Africa will be especially hard hit by climate change in the coming decades, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday, saying the region will see less rainfall, more recording-breaking temperatures and rising sea levels. Should temperatures rise as expected, the hotter conditions are likely to hit the region's $50 billion ((EURO) 38.2 billion) tourism industry and further worsen its food security since many countries in the region _ especially Gulf states _ depend heavily on imports to feed their populations. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CLIMATE_TALKS_MIDDLE_EAST_?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/world-bank-arab-world-hit-hard-by-climate-change/article_326eb7a8-5e72-5adc-8f69-d1f432c66cb3.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/12/05/3089418/world-bank-arab-world-hit-hard.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/world-bank-climate-change-will-hit-middle-east-and-north-africa-especially-hard/2012/12/05/577e15bc-3eb8-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html Activists accuse Arab states over climate change at U.N. talks. Arab nations have failed to use U.N. talks on climate change to put forward any meaningful measures on tackling the problem in their own countries, delegates and environmental activists said on Wednesday. Delegates from 200 nations have gathered in Qatar for two-week talks to try to agree a symbolic extension of the U.N. Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that obliges about 35 developed nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/arab-climate-idUSL5E8N588N20121205 China demands timetable to $100 billion climate aid for developing world. But most rich nations, facing economic slowdown at home that cut overall development aid in 2011, said they were unable to stake out a timetable for rising aid at deadlocked global climate talks. "The core issue is finance," Xie Zhenhua, head of China's delegation, told a news conference of a main track of the November 26-December 7 talks among 200 nations in Doha, Qatar, that is a big block to a modest deal to keep U.N. climate efforts on track. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-climate-talks-idUSBRE8B217F20121205 To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios. A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings in large fossil fuel companies. For months, they have been getting a simple answer: no. As they consider how to ratchet up their campaign, the students suddenly find themselves at the vanguard of a national movement. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/business/energy-environment/to-fight-climate-change-college-students-take-aim-at-the-endowment-portfolio.html?ref=earth News Summary: UN chief blames rich for warming. HEAT IS ON: Rich countries are to blame for climate change and should take the lead in forging a global climate pact by 2015, the head of the United Nations said Wednesday. FAIR WEATHER: At the international climate talks in Qatar, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it was "only fair and reasonable that the developed world should bear most of the responsibility" in fighting the gradual warming of the planet. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/12/05/3089800/news-summary-un-chief-blames-rich.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/news-summary-un-chief-says-rich-countries-caused-climate-change-must-take-lead-in-fixing/2012/12/05/09b10c76-3eff-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html The People's Republic of California. At the annual U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, delegates are undoubtedly applauding the new Australian cap-and-trade scheme, bemoaning Canada's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, and wondering what to do about emissions from emerging India. They will spend far less time thinking about an economy bigger than any of those: California. Posted. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/12/04/the_people_s_republic_of_california DIESEL EMISSIONS Obama admin asks justices not to hear L.A. 'clean truck' case. The Obama administration has urged the Supreme Court not to review the legality of the clean truck program introduced by the Port of Los Angeles. In a September 2011 ruling, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the bulk of the program while invalidating one section (E&ENews PM, Sept. 26, 2011). The American Trucking Associations sought Supreme Court review of the entire system, prompting the court to ask for the administration's views. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/12/05/17 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS U.K. to Reveal Gas Power Plans. The U.K.'s government is expected to announce Wednesday plans for a major expansion of gas-fired power plants, backing away from a previous plan to phase out fossil fuels altogether from electricity generation by 2030. The boost for natural gas, which is a source of carbon dioxide emissions, comes as the two main planks of low-carbon energy suffer growing setbacks. Opposition to onshore wind power is increasing within the U.K. government and the cost of building new nuclear power plants in Europe continues to rise. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323401904578159231805634620.html?user=welcome UK flirts with shale industry but keeps fracking ban. Britain gave a boost to its shale gas industry on Wednesday by creating a dedicated government office to simplify regulation and by confirming tax breaks, but stopped short of lifting a ban on exploration imposed over a year ago.The government will form an Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil to create one point of contact and to streamline rules relating to shale exploration, finance minister George Osborne said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/britain-economy-shale-idUSL5E8N589K20121205 Britain creates shale gas office to simplify regulation. Finance minister George Osborne also confirmed his announcement made two month ago to hold public consultations on tax breaks for shale gas exploration. "We are consulting on new tax incentives for shale gas and announcing the creation of a single office so that regulation is safe but simple," Osborne said in his half-yearly budget statement. The Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil will join up responsibilities across government departments to provide a single point of contact for investors and streamline the regulatory process. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/britain-economy-shale-idUSL5E8N580G20121205 Big miner buys pair of energy companies for $9B. Mining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia. Freeport, based in Phoenix, is paying $6.9 billion in cash and stock for Plains Exploration Co., and $2.1 billion for McMoRan Exploration Co. Freeport will also assume $11 billion in debt in the deal. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22129246/big-miner-buys-pair-energy-companies-9b?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/freeport-mcmoran-buys-oil-and-gas-producers-for-9b-creating-natural-resource-conglomerate/2012/12/05/8ca69cec-3f02-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html US crude oil supplies drop by 2.4 million barrels. The nation's crude oil supplies shrank last week, the government said Wednesday. Crude supplies decreased by 2.4 million barrels, or 0.6 percent, to 371.8 million barrels, which is 10.8 percent above year-ago levels, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report. Analysts expected a drop of 1.25 million barrels for the week ended Nov. 30, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/US-crude-oil-supplies-drop-by-2-4-million-barrels-4093190.php#ixzz2ECcc2LVL GREEN ENERGY Meadows reuses everything from fry oil to manure. Each time diners at Meadows Racetrack and Casino restaurants order french fries, they're helping the environment. In an average week, the South Strabane facility's three restaurants and the food court generate 200 gallons of frying oil. The Meadows recycles every drop into biodiesel, which helps power most of the racetrack's vehicles and equipment. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Meadows-reuses-everything-from-fry-oil-to-manure-4093258.php#ixzz2ECg907xi Report says California's green transformation could push up energy prices. California's aggressive plans to build a clean-energy economy could mean higher energy prices for consumers and businesses, according to a report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission. The report largely focuses on California's so-called renewable portfolio standard, which requires utilities to obtain a third of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020. Utilities like PG&E are well on their way to meeting that goal. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22115191/californias-green-energy-transformation-could-push-prices-up Solar project to save $7 million at Hanford waste plant. Hanford dedicated a new solar power system Tuesday that is expected to save the city millions of dollars in electricity costs at its wastewater treatment plant in the coming years. Chevron Energy Solutions designed and installed the 1-megawatt system, which has solar panels mounted at ground level. Chevron also will operate and maintain the photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight directly into electricity. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/12/04/3089319/solar-project-to-save-7-million.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy VEHICLES 2013 Ford Fusion: Redesigned midsize has good looks, charm and efficiency. There’s no variation in the plastic coloring and the instrument panel air vents lack a separate control for flow, just direction. The 2013 Ford Fusion will be its own fusion – a from of automotive alchemy turning steel into sales gold. This redesigned midsize sedan offers a desirable balance of contemporary design, engaging drivability and a line of efficient and potent four-cylinder engines – and no V-6. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/ford-fusion-redesigned-midsize-has-good-looks-charm-and-efficiency/article_9cf759f4-8fc9-5654-ab2d-cb9459d87acd.html MISCELLANEOUS Radio host calls for poop patrols at La Jolla cove. A local radio host is calling for patrols to clean up bird droppings that have created a stink at La Jolla Cove. On Friday, he took the first shift. Mike Slater, the morning show host on the talk radio station 760 KFMB, said he considered taking action after seeing news stories last week about an unpleasant odor at the picturesque cove. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/dec/04/radio-host-calls-for-poop-patrols-at-la-jolla-cove/ Mountain View joins plastic bag ban club; ordinance goes into effect on Earth Day. Mountain View joined a growing list of Peninsula cities Tuesday night that plan to ban single-use, carry-out bags beginning in April. The city council voted 5-2 to adopt an ordinance outlawing their use as well as a related environmental impact report. The ban applies to all retail businesses that sell clothing, food and personal items directly to consumers. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_22128006/mountain-view-joins-plastic-bag-ban-club-ordinance?source=rss OPINION Set an example on energy reform, California. Without better coordination, oversight and study, the state's energy policies may be a primer in what not to do, an advisory panel reports. California can't stop global warming on its own. Its environmental regulations won't save the whole world, and its energy policies won't wean the nation off fossil fuels. What it can do is set an example, and it has approved radical laws and programs to achieve that — such as a renewable portfolio standard that sets a course for the state to get 33% of its power from renewable sources by 2020…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-energy-california-little-hoover-20121205,0,3946880.story Stop NY’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proposed Changes That Could Result In Millions Of Tons Of Pollution: Deadline Dec 6th! There is no time to wait. Few programs have been as successful in reducing climate pollution as the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). And yet, in spite of the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy; in spite of the need to fight climate pollution to keep residents safe and healthy; and in spite of the significant environmental and economic benefits RGGI has delivered, we risk losing ground to dirty polluters. Posted. http://ecoanchornyc.com/2012/12/stop-nys-regional-greenhouse-gas-initiative-proposed-changes-that-could-result-in-millions-of-tons-of-pollution-deadline-dec-6th/ BLOGS How to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 10 percent — without Congress. Now one environmental group is arguing that the Obama administration doesn’t even need Congress to make sweeping cuts to U.S. carbon emissions. On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a new report explaining how the Environmental Protection Agency could enforce sharp emissions cuts at America’s power plants. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/04/how-the-u-s-could-cut-carbon-emissions-by-10-percent-without-congress/ Energy Journal: Rural America Enjoying the Oil Boom. U.S. oil production is running at a 15-year high, and the boom is boosting incomes in the heartland. Official data shows that crude-oil production reached its highest level in nearly 15 years in September, with average daily production of nearly 6.5 million barrels, The Wall Street Journal says. And small-town America is feeling the benefit most. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2012/12/05/energy-journal-rural-america-enjoying-the-oil-boom/?KEYWORDS=+fuels Cal Fire gives home heating safety tips. Improper use of or poorly maintained heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire deaths across the country. With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/breaking-news/x1012270085/Cal-Fire-gives-home-heating-safety-tips Five Things You Should Know About Ozone Depleting Substances in California's Cap-and-trade Program. California's cap-and-trade program incorporates the use of carbon offsets generated from the destruction of ozone depleting substances (ODS) to help the state meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While you may not be familiar with the term ozone depleting substances, chances are that these substances can be found in your home and business. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-gero/five-things-you-should-kn_b_2046367.html Why we’re still fighting the smog that once choked London: It still kills. Sixty years ago today, London was pitch black. The "Great Smog," a blanket of ozone and particles of soot, covered the city for days. Photos of the event show life in a dark gray cloud, cars' headlights on no matter the time of day. An estimated 4,000 people died prematurely as a result of the pollution. Posted. http://grist.org/news/why-were-still-fighting-the-smog-that-once-choked-london-it-still-kills/ As global climate talks founder, young people demand real change. For more than 18 years, negotiators representing countries big and small have come together at this time of year under the auspices of the United Nations to talk about how we are going to avoid the worst of climate change. For the 40,000 or so people who attend the climate negotiations each year, it has become something of a holiday tradition -- and as with any family, the global family of nations is ripe with characters and disagreements that never seem to get resolved. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/as-global-climate-talks-founder-young-people-demand-real-change/ November 2012 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card. While October ranked as the all-time pinnacle of plug-in electric vehicle sales, November is shaping up to be the month where electric vehicles try to hold onto their market share as many of the incentives available in September and October to move inventory have expired. This model-by-model list is populated as it is reported in real time by each manufacturer throughout the day. So if you don’t see your EV’s sales listed yet, just sit tight, it is coming. Posted. http://cars21.com/news/view/5067 6 Reasons Why 2013 May Be The Turning Point For Electric Vehicle Industry. In 2008, the electric vehicle industry entered into the hearts and minds Americans. What followed however, were years was wrought with many challenges and difficulties; the high costs of cars, limited range distance and poor planning each played a role in the slow adoption of electric vehicles. That's in the past, and with lessons learned, the electric vehicle industry is poised for an unprecedented upswing; from an investment standpoint, these stocks could not be any cheaper than they are now. Posted. http://cars21.com/news/view/5065