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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for December 21, 2012. Posted: 21 Dec 2012 16:17:59
ARB Newsclips for December 21, 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 EPA imposes new pollution limits on boilers, cement plants. The Environmental Protection Agency finalized rules late Thursday to curb pollution from industrial boilers and cement plants, agreeing to give industry additional time for compliance and easing some emissions limits from earlier proposals. The new rules, which have been enmeshed in a fierce regulatory and legal fight for more than a decade, drew criticism from environmentalists. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-imposes-new-pollution-limits-on-boilers-cement-plants/2012/12/21/4ba43d6c-4aec-11e2-b709-667035ff9029_story.html http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/45374/print http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/12/21/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Appeals upholds EPA authority over emissions. An appeals court on Thursday denied a request from industry groups to rehear a case in which the court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change regulations. The industry challenge failed to win a majority vote by judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for an en banc (before the entire bench) rehearing of Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, which sought to challenge the EPA’s power to address greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/appeals-upholds-epa-authority-over-emissions-85381.html#ixzz2FiLoE7kr No-burn days likely to double by 2014. Fireplace burning could be severely restricted much sooner than initially proposed, and people with cleaner-burning wood and pellet stoves are likely to get more leeway than they do now, air quality officials decided Thursday. The number of no-burn days in Stanislaus County is expected to more than double for people with open-hearth fireplaces by 2014, two years earlier than expected, officials unanimously decreed with the landmark vote after hours of testimony from opposing sides. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/12/20/2504353/no-burn-days-likely-to-double.html#storylink=misearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Fire officials issue carbon monoxide alert. In anticipation of stormy weather accompanying the official arrival of winter, Sacramento Fire Department officials urge residents to check their carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they have one on each level of their home. Often referred to as the silent killer because it is odorless, colorless and lethal, carbon monoxide can be found in gases released when fuels such as charcoal, gasoline, propane, wood, oil and methane burn incompletely. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/12/21/2504356/fire-officials-issue-carbon-monoxide.html#storylink=misearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CAP AND TRADE Edison Snafu Skews Demand in First California Carbon Sale. California, the world’s ninth- largest economy, has Edison International (EIX) to thank for selling all of its carbon permits in the state’s first auction. The company unintentionally bid for twice as many allowances as were for sale. Edison, owner of the state’s second-biggest power utility, submitted a proposal in the wrong format and offered to buy 21 times more allowances than it wanted on Nov. 14, documents obtained by Bloomberg show. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2012-12-20/edison-snafu-skews-demand-in-first-california-carbon-permit-sale.html Cap and trade dividend for ratepayers. Twice each year, all California households will collect a small "climate dividend" from money raised by the state's new global warming cap-and-trade system, utility regulators decided Thursday. The dividend will be worth an estimated $20 to $40 and will appear as a credit on utility bills, possibly starting in mid-2013. The idea won unanimous approval from the California Public Utilities Commission as part of a broader plan to use some of the revenue from cap and trade. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Cap-and-trade-dividend-for-ratepayers-4136343.php#ixzz2FiGYQn00 http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_22233824/residential-utility-customers-see-climate-dividend?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_22233824/residential-utility-customers-see-climate-dividend?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com DIESEL EMISSIONS Judge dismisses Calif. bus, truck pollution suit. A federal judge has dismissed a trucking association's lawsuit against new rules aimed at reducing truck and bus pollution in California. The suit left the court's jurisdiction when the Environmental Protection Agency approved California's plan to reduce emissions, including the rules for trucks and buses that will go into effect Jan. 1, U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England in Sacramento ruled Wednesday. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/20/judge-dismisses-ca-bus-and-truck-pollution/#ixzz2FhrUgXHy http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22235562/judge-dismisses-ca-bus-and-truck-pollution-lawsuit?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22235562/judge-dismisses-ca-bus-and-truck-pollution-lawsuit?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://news.yahoo.com/correction-pollution-regulation-story-183810969.html http://www.seattlepi.com/news/science/article/Correction-Pollution-Regulation-story-4136612.php#ixzz2FiXmIeL5 FUELS In-state gas pipeline planners revise project. A proposal for an in-state natural pipeline that could carry North Slope natural gas to communities from Fairbanks to south-central Alaska has been revised to eliminate the transport of natural gas liquids, which will have the effect of lowering tariffs for customers in Fairbanks. Carrying natural gas liquids such as ethane, propane and butane was previously considered desirable because they could be sold at a premium…Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/20/in-state-gas-pipeline-planners-revise-project/#ixzz2Fhsg79DI Burning pipeline fire sign of Nigeria's woes. The gasoline pipeline burns unstopped near a village close to Nigeria's sprawling megacity of Lagos, shooting flames into the air as leaking fuel muddies the ground. All around it, the ground is littered with plastic jerry-cans, used by those who hacked into the line to steal the fuel within. The pipeline explosion here in Ije Ododo shows the ongoing problems oil-rich Nigeria faces. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/21/burning-pipeline-fire-sign-of-nigerias-woes/#ixzz2FhtLA5M0 Towards cheaper and better EV batteries: Sulphide or Magnesium? Latest research in alternatives to a conventional lithium-ion battery focuses on components made from magnesium and sulphide. Laboratory results indicate that the abundance and chemical properties of these materials could help bring a cheaper battery with more than 300% higher energy density to market in the not so distant future. The cost and performance of electric car batteries are considered by many as the major barrier to faster uptake of EVs. Intensive research in the field of battery chemistry points to some promising alternative solutions. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5096 VEHICLES Hotels that charge your batteries. What do the InterContinental in Chicago, the Loews Vanderbilt in Tennessee, the Hollywood Hotel, most Kimpton's hotels and all of Starwood's Element hotels have in common? They all boast onsite electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Although EV ownership represents just a tiny slice of the car market - plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) like the Chevrolet Volt, extended range EVs and all-electric vehicles…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/21/uk-hotels-electric-vehicles-idUSLNE8BK02B20121221 MISCELLANEOUS Calif. regulators order utility to shoulder part of pipeline safety costs. California regulators are enlisting ratepayers to help pay for a $2.2 billion upgrade to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s gas pipeline system in the wake of a 2010 explosion that killed eight people. Investors will shoulder about 45 percent of the cost to inspect nearly 800 miles of pipeline under a measure passed by the California Public Utilities Commission. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/print/2012/12/21/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS Empathy as a Path to Climate (and Energy) Progress. David Roberts at Grist yesterday posted a deeply moving essay about using empathy as a means to take on tough issues. He built the piece around President Obama’s heartfelt reaction and response to the Connecticut elementary school massacre and, followed by Joe Romm, noted the lack of any such response from the president or society on the greenhouse buildup despite the risk posed by human-driven climate change. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/empathy-as-a-path-to-climate-and-energy-progress/?ref=earth Fewer Americans Say Their Actions Can Slow Climate Change. Americans may be buying more compact fluorescent light bulbs these days, but they are less likely to set their thermostats low during the winter than they were four years ago and have less confidence that their actions will help to curb global warming, according to a new survey. The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication found that the proportion of people who say their own energy-saving actions…Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/fewer-americans-say-their-actions-can-slow-climate-change/?ref=earth Why Renters Use More Electricity. Why do people buy inefficient refrigerators and clothes washers when spending a little more for an efficient one would save them money over time through lower electricity or water bills? There are a variety of reasons, but one that is persistently cited is that people are not necessarily buying these appliances for themselves. Often the buyer is a landlord, and the user is a tenant who does not make the choice but faces the consequences because he receives the energy bill. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/why-renters-use-more-electricity/?ref=earth Air District Board Approves Amendments to Permit Regulations – Standards Tightened for Fine Particle and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. This week, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) Board of Directors approved a series of air quality rule amendments that strengthen the agency’s core air permitting regulations, which they say will reduce emissions and better protect public health. The rule amendments include new provisions that will further reduce emissions of fine particles…Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/incontracosta/2012/12/21/air-district-board-approves-amendments-to-permit-regulations-%E2%80%93-standards-tightened-for-fine-particle-and-greenhouse-gas-emissions/ Climate Change: President Obama's FDR Moment. 2012 was a historic year for climate disasters. Between a devastating drought, raging wildfires and the superstorm Hurricane Sandy, millions of Americans saw the very real toll that climate disruption is having on our country. But it's not just extreme weather events - according to data from NOAA, 2012 is on track to be the hottest year ever for the contiguous United States. As we enter 2013, President Barack Obama faces a major challenge on how to address climate disruption. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-beinecke/climate-change-president_b_2341543.html?view=print&comm_ref=false