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ARB Newsclips for February 8, 2013. 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 Appeals court upholds ruling against AVX. A federal appeals court has agreed with a lower court that electronics manufacturer AVX Corp. is responsible for pollution at its old plant in Myrtle Beach. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported (http://bit.ly/W2Xt5N ) a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., upheld the decision by U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten in 2011. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Appeals-court-upholds-ruling-against-AVX-4262657.php#ixzz2KKN8Yemv CLIMATE CHANGE Americans Warming to Climate Change Reality. The nor’easter bearing down on the East Coast is the second abnormally intense storm to strike the region in less than a year. Perhaps in response to the increased frequency of deadly storms and weather disasters, a Duke University poll found that American belief in climate change has rebounded to its highest level since 2006. Posted. http://news.discovery.com/earth/weather-extreme-events/americans-warming-to-climate-change-reality-130208.htm DIESEL EMISSIONS New diesel emission rules to be aired at logging conference. State air officials could get an earful Saturday at the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference in Anderson. Representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will talk to loggers and farmers about new off-road diesel vehicle regulation standards that start taking effect next year. "It's something that affects a lot of vehicles we have on the road right now," conference spokesman Mike Quinn said, adding the rules are a threat to an already-fragile economy. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_22540222/new-diesel-emission-rules-be-aired-at-logging VEHICLES $1 gas price rise big for small-car sales, not hybrids, electrics. You might think that a $1 increase in gasoline prices would result in a big boost for the sale of hybrids and electric vehicles. Not so, according to a new report by Experian Automotive. The Schaumberg, Ill., group says sales of small gas-powered cars would climb quickest, while sales of some hybrids would actually fall during such an increase. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-gasoline-price-rise-big-for-small-cars-not-hybrids-electrics-20130208,0,1232159.story US natural gas futures edge higher as blizzard hits Northeast. Front-month U.S. natural gas futures edged higher early on Friday, as a powerful blizzard swept into the Northeast and extended weather forecasts continued to trend colder. Despite Thursday's bearish weekly inventory report and the milder outlook for several days next week, traders expected heating demand to pick up when another shot of cold air moves into the Midwest later next week and then spreads east. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/08/markets-nymex-natgas-idUSL1N0B833020130208 Lawmaker wants to extend carpool lane access for clean cars. A Los Angeles-area lawmaker wants to extend free access to some carpool lanes for Californians driving clean-energy cars. The legislation, written by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), applies to vehicles running on electricity, hydrogen or natural gas. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/political/la-me-pc-carpool-lane-car-20130207,0,6230558.story Santa Fe High crew debuts solar-electric Bomber. The Santa Fe High Bomber is ready to take on all comers — even though it spent much of its initial test drive in an unexpected pit stop Wednesday morning. Students in the school's automotive, automotive-collision and welding classes teamed up to build the 8-foot-long, 200-pound solar-electric midget car — made out of fiberglass and other materials — over the past 18 months. Senior Joaquin Piñeda sat in the driver's seat Wednesday as he prepared to test the car's speed, stability and safety. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Santa-Fe-High-crew-debuts-solar-electric-Bomber-4262422.php#ixzz2KKQn8hmf HIGH-SPEED RAIL Is High Speed Rail the Next Big Transportation Investment Play? Despite the odds and opposition, California will become home to the nation’s first truly high-speed rail system. In late July 2012, the governor of California decided to match the $3 billion dollars of federal funds that were almost due to expire to build the Fresno – Bakersfield line. The $6 billion, 130-mile initial segment in the Central Valley will begin construction in summer 2013. This will be a huge milestone in a decades-long effort to bring fast trains enjoyed all over the world to the United States. Posted. http://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/13/02/3309102/is-high-speed-rail-the-next-big-transportation-investment-pla GREEN ENERGY Solar Project Would Destroy Half of Rare Plant's Population in California. The Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System, proposed by BrightSource Energy for the Pahrump Valley in Inyo County, would destroy half the known occurrences of a rare plant in California, according to the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) -- and the California Energy Commission (CEC) isn't doing enough to make sure that loss of population won't result in the plant's extinction in the state, says the group. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/concentrating-solar/solar-project-would-destroy-half-a-rare-plants-population-in-california.html MISCELLANEOUS Thefts hit catalytic converters. The Temecula Police Department is reporting an uptick in thefts of catalytic converters, the emission-control devices on vehicles that contain a honeycomb of precious metals. Lt. Greg Negron told the city’s Public/Traffic Safety Commission at the group’s last meeting that there has been a rash of recent incidents targeting vehicles such as raised SUVs and trucks. It’s easier for thieves to get at the converters when a vehicle is raised, he said. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/08/tp-thefts-hit-catalytic-converters/ OPINION More fossil-fuel power plants unnecessary. Last week, we watched the implosion of the South Bay Power Plant – just one day after the California Public Utilities Commission heard public comments on two new SDG&E-proposed fossil fuel power plants in San Diego. We’re playing a game of Whack-a-Mole with our regional energy policy at ratepayers’ expense. Though the demolition of the South Bay Power Plant is striking, we can’t let SDG&E continue to turn a blind eye to the reasons why we don’t need that plant anymore. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/08/tp-more-fossil-fuel-power-plants-unnecessary/ BLOGS Fate of the Earth Takes Center Stage. Where is the great American play about climate change? Is there even a good one? Say what you will about the potential end of civilization as we know it, but there’s no denying it is dramatic stuff. That’s why it’s odd that as climate change finally moves forward in the national conversation, with President Obama making it a centerpiece of his inauguration speech, New York theater has mostly avoided it. Posted. http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/theater/this-clement-world-a-play-about-climate-change.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 A Climate Proposal: Bundling Consumer Buying Power. Each year, an estimated 46 percent of the population is responsible for 77 percent of discretionary spending in the United States. To strengthen individual buying power, a Santa Barbara-based entrepreneur and philanthropist has proposed a new social enterprise to finance climate change solutions, among other social justice and humanitarian issues. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/a-climate-proposal-bundling-consumer-buying-power/?smid=tw-nytimesgreen&seid=auto Air Pollution Causes More than 6 Million Deaths Worldwide. For the last three weeks, residents of Beijing have been breathing thick, soupy air so choked with pollutants that it has registered far off the scale of acceptable levels. Yet places like Beijing or New Delhi, India, which has also had extremely unhealthy air quality levels, are far from the only cities to be plagued. Air pollution affects practically everyone on the planet and causes more than 6 million premature deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization. Yet, this insidious and long-standing issue really only generates headlines when it hits extreme levels. Posted. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/around-the-world-abc-news/air-pollution-causes-more-6-million-deaths-worldwide-120237732.html EPA moves forward with climate change protection plan; asks for comments. The Environmental Protection Agency is formally moving forward with its Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Beginning Friday, the EPA is accepting comments on its draft plan, which calls for the agency to amend its operations – including the promulgation of new regulations – to account for increasingly rapid global warming. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/energyenvironment/281915-epa-puts-forward-climate-change-adaptation-plan Environmental groups, unions team up to oppose CEQA push. The battle lines are being drawn in the upcoming legislative fight over California's environmental review laws. More than a dozen environmental, labor and social justice groups announced Wednesday that they are joining forces to oppose an expected push to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/02/california-environmental-groups-unions-oppose-ceqa-push.html#storylink=cpy Climate Change: Americans Are Okay With Regulations, Not Taxes. President Obama, who was going to heal the Earth in his first term, didn't do much of that but he put climate change back on the table in his second inaugural address and a new national poll says public support for regulating greenhouse gas emissions is with him - just not with the ways he tried in his first term. The percentage of Americans who think climate change is occurring fluctuates with the weather and media coverage, so it has rebounded due to a hot summer and a storm hitting New York City media offices, according to the Duke University national online survey. Posted. http://www.science20.com/news_articles/climate_change_americans_are_okay_regulations_not_taxes-103129