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ARB Newsclips for December 28, 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 American Lung Association Report Outlines Critical Next Steps for Healthy Air. The American Lung Association's new report "Protect the Air We Breathe: The Healthy Air Agenda" identifies the progress made in the United States on improving air quality, despite repeated interference from Big Polluters and members of Congress, and highlights the extensive work still necessary to protect the Clean Air Act and the health of millions of people across the country. Air pollution remains a pervasive public health threat in the US, with more than 124 million Americans still living in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. Posted. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-lung-association-report-outlines-critical-next-steps-for-healthy-air-184927961.html DIESEL EMISSIONS Eight Truckstops Join Network of Electric Plug-in Power Pedestals. Shorepower Technologies has announced eight more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations. Connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers are also being installed at four of the eight truckstops. Below is a full list of the eight truckstops now offering shorepower for trucks and 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers…Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=78871 FUELS U.S. natural gas futures edge higher as cold sets in. U.S. natural gas futures edged higher early Friday, backed by forecasts for cold weather over the next 10 days that should force homeowners and businesses to turn up their heaters. While traders expect strong heating demand to underpin prices in the near term, they noted that 11- to 15-day forecasts were still calling for a warm-up, particularly for the eastern half of the country. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/markets-nymex-natgas-idUSL1E8NR2GE20121228 After Jackson, EPA faces big decisions on U.S. fracking boom. Following Lisa Jackson's resignation on Wednesday, her successor will inherit the tricky task of regulating a drilling boom that has revolutionized the energy industry but raised fears over the possible contamination of water supplies. The controversial technique at the center of the boom, hydraulic fracturing, involves injecting millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals deep into shale rocks to extract oil and gas. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/us-epa-fracking-idUSBRE8BR02X20121228 Signs of optimism on fuel. Because lists and predictions are in vogue and because "our memories are poor that only work backward" (Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass"), I have put together a brief list of some positive transportation fuel news in 2012 and used my crystal ball to predict what's likely to occur in 2013. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/oil-381809-fuels-alternative.html VEHICLES California Air Resources Board says car meets low smog level. The California Air Resources Board has approved the first car for sale in California that meets ARB's most stringent smog-emission standard to date. ARB said the 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces only 20 milligrams of combined smog-forming emissions per mile, making it the first gasoline-powered car in California to meet what is known as the SULEV20 standard. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/28/5079453/california-air-resources-board.html Other related articles: http://ens-newswire.com/2012/12/26/californias-1st-ultra-clean-car-2014-honda-accord-plug-in-hybrid/ http://www.ngtnews.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8401#.UN30tYb9xNs http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1081368_2014-honda-accord-plug-in-hybrid-first-to-meet-sulev20-standards California Air Resources Board approves 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as first LEV3/SULEV20 vehicle on sale. The California Air Resources Board has approved the 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as the first car for sale in California that meets ARB’s LEV3/SULEV20 standard—the most stringent smog-emission standard to date. (Earlier post.) The 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces only 20 milligrams of NMOG+NOx emissions per mile. In addition, this Honda model has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard required by all cars in 2025, the equivalent of a 50% reduction from current required levels. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/12/arb-20121227.html Nissan to offer improved battery warranty for Leaf EVs in US. Nissan Motor Co Ltd said it will offer to replace some poorly performing batteries on its Leaf electric car and improve warranty coverage for the battery systems for its almost 20,000 U.S. owners. The move comes as the Japanese automaker closes a year marked by disappointing sales and complaints by some U.S. customers about the Leaf's battery capacity. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/nissan-usa-leaf-idUSL1E8NS19T20121228 OPINION Kerry's climate change credentials. Sen. John Kerry, President Obama's nominee for secretary of State, may not be able to bring peace to the Middle East, end enduring trade and currency disputes with China or mend fences with all the anti-American leaders in Latin America. But he may be capable of redirecting the debate over an issue of equal or greater importance: climate change. Kerry is among the most forward-thinking members of the U.S. Senate when it comes to understanding both the threats of and the practical responses to global warming. He's struggled to bring along the Senate, which rejected his attempt to win passage of a cap-and-trade bill in 2010, but Kerry's new post should give him expanded opportunities to lead. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-1228-kerry-20121228,0,4479384.story Editorial: Blow off wind tax credits. After 20 years of taxpayer subsidies and unrealized benefits, Congress should allow tax credits for wind energy to expire Dec. 31. The credits, created in 1992, were supposed to jump-start a nascent wind industry, but have only propped up an uneconomical, inefficient sector at great cost by diverting taxes to subsidize jobs that wouldn't exist otherwise. Congress can save $12 billion next year alone by defeating efforts to extend the tax credits. This doesn't even consider the annual 440,000 shredding deaths from spinning windmill blades of eagles, hawks, geese, bats and other birds, many protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/wind-381865-tax-energy.html BLOGS Ethanol Makers Diversify Away From Auto Fuel. Someday soon, your breakfast muffin might include fiber from the same company that makes ethanol fuel for your car. U.S. ethanol producers are finding creative ways to earn more money as demand for their flagship product stagnates. These companies are using corn not only to make ethanol but also ingredients for products ranging from baked goods and nutrition bars to industrial coatings to fish food. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2012/12/28/ethanol-makers-diversify-away-from-auto-fuel/?KEYWORDS=fuels An Industry’s Future, Blowing in the Wind. As I note in Friday’s paper, construction of new wind farms is going to grind to a halt with the end, at least temporarily, of the wind production tax credit. What’s next? The credit is worth 2.2 cents per killowatt-hour generated, beyond whatever the electricity can be sold for on the regional market. At some hours of the day, most or all of the revenue will come from the tax credit. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/an-industrys-future-blowing-in-the-wind/ The Great Smog of China. My mornings in my home in Beijing always follow the same routine. Wake up. Make coffee. Check Air Quality Index online. Feel faintly depressed. The AQI is tweeted by the U.S. embassy hourly. The rating ranges from “good” to “hazardous” to off the charts, and it determines my day: whether I bike or take public transport to work, whether I go for a run outside, and in the summer, whether I eat dinner in my balmy courtyard or huddle indoors with the windows shut and the air filter on. Posted. http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/the-great-smog-of-china/ Electric, Hybrid Badges Growing To Warn First Responders? Electric vehicles are as different when crashed as they are when moving, and that difference has led to changes in procedure for first responders to accident scenes. Police, fire and other services now receive training in order to deal with high-voltage systems in crashed electric and hybrid vehicles--but with more on the roads, the new challenge is knowing which vehicle is which. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1081360_electric-hybrid-badges-growing-to-warn-first-responders