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ARB Newsclips for February 12, 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 COLUMN-FutureGen presses on with oxyfuel technology: Kemp. Following President Barack Obama's second inaugural address, which reaffirmed his commitment to clean energy, there has been mounting speculation the administration will impose stricter emission standards on existing coal-fired power plants across the United States. Cutting emissions from existing coal-fired plants is essential to the administration's goal of limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/column-kemp-cleancoal-idUSL5N0BBG3820130211 CLIMATE CHANGE Range of Change: Obama to Signal Extent of Climate Push. President Barack Obama is sure to bring up climate change in the State of the Union address, energy consultants say, though there’s no consensus on how much emphasis he’ll give to the subject. “They’re going back and forth about how many times he’s going to actually say climate and change,” said Joshua Greene, a Washington attorney who represents energy developers and has talked to White House officials about the speech. “Right now the words ‘climate change’ are in the speech.” Posted. http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2013-02-12/range-of-change-obama-to-signal-extent-of-climate-push/ Sunlight stimulates release of carbon dioxide in melting permafrost. Ancient plant and animal matter trapped within Arctic permafrost can be converted rapidly into climate-warming carbon dioxide when melted and exposed to sunlight, according to a new study. In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of environmental and biological scientists examined 27 melting permafrost sites in Alaska and found that bacteria converted dissolved organic carbon materials into the greenhouse gas CO2 40% faster when exposed to ultraviolet light. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-carbon-sunlight-permafrost-20130211,0,5550833.story?track=rss Obama pushed to keep climate action momentum going. President Obama lit the match for renewed action on climate change three weeks ago. Now advocates are clamoring for him to ignite the nation with the idea during tonight's State of the Union address. They want Obama to announce the pursuit of carbon dioxide standards for the nation's fleet of existing power plants, perhaps the biggest step the administration can take without Congress toward reduction of warming gases. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/12/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Melting tundra releases CO2 more quickly than previous estimates. Sunlight is speeding up the conversion of Arctic soil carbon into carbon dioxide, raising the possibility that future warming could occur at a much faster pace, according to a new study. Scientists generally agree that higher temperatures increase the likelihood of collapses of long-frozen Arctic ground, or permafrost, creating large holes in the tundra and landslides. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/12/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Painting one roof at a time to curb global warming. Painting roofs white and using light-colored pavement are simple -- and effective -- ways to cast away more heat from the Earth. Roofs and pavements amount to 60 percent of the surface area of cities. Making all flat roofs white would be equivalent to taking half the world's cars off the roads, in terms of the warming effect of carbon dioxide. In fact, if all "eligible" flat urban roofs worldwide were whitened…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/12/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Brazil Ethanol Above Sugar Shows Mills May Favor Biofuel. Brazilian ethanol prices trading above raw sugar futures for the first time in almost two years are spurring speculation that millers will favor making the biofuel over the sweetener in the season starting in April. Hydrous ethanol, used in flex fuel cars in Latin America’s largest economy, is trading at about 19 cents a pound, according to Lausanne, Switzerland-based Kingsman SA, which has provided sugar and biofuels research for more than 20 years. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-11/brazil-ethanol-topping-sugar-signals-millers-may-favor-biofuel.html Iran Converts Enriched Uranium to Reactor Fuel, Reports Say. As it prepares for two sets of negotiations with outsiders on its disputed nuclear program, Iran said on Tuesday that it was converting some of its enriched uranium into reactor fuel, the state news agency IRNA reported, potentially limiting the expansion of stockpiles that the West fears could be used for weapons. Iranian officials are to meet on Wednesday in Tehran with Herman Nackaerts, the deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/world/middleeast/iran-converts-enriched-uranium-to-reactor-fuel-reports-say.html VEHICLES Tesla isn’t taking criticism lying down, will publish reviewer’s driving log. If you get into a dispute over facts, it always helps to have a nice, clean, data trail. Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk is unhappy enough with a recent New York Times review of his company’s new electric Model S sedan that he says he’ll publish the car’s digital log of the reviewer’s actual drive — which, he says, differs substantially from the account in the Times. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/12/idUS52830577920130212 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-11/tesla-falls-after-n-y-times-model-s-test-drive.html http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Tesla-s-Musk-slams-N-Y-Times-review-4270134.php http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22567808/teslas-stock-dips-after-negative-review-its-model?source=rss Growing competition among fast-charging battery standards could chill EV sales. The fast charging is key to easing the range anxiety associated with electric vehicle owners, but mounting tension over which type of fast-charging system will prevail in the marketplace could, ironically, end up killing consumer interest in the electric car. CHAdeMO fast-charging standard, spearheaded by Tokyo Electric Power Co., is currently the only internationally certified fast-charging system and enjoys backing from prominent electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/12/7 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH-SPEED RAIL Amtrak, California High Speed Rail Authority partner to buy new trains. When it comes to advancing true high-speed rail projects in the United States — trains that operate at top speeds of at least 150 mph, according to the Federal Railroad Administration — Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and the California High Speed Rail Authority's (CHSRA) proposed statewide system are the signature projects. Now, officials from both organizations are teaming up to explore procurement opportunities for high-speed trains. Posted. http://www.progressiverailroading.com/amtrak/article/Amtrak-California-High-Speed-Rail-Authority-partner-to-buy-new-trains--35119 LaHood to high-speed faithful: 'Keep on keepin' on' In the not-so-distant future, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, he expects commuters in California and in parts of the Midwest to hop on trains that reach speeds of up to 200 mph. Private investors would help pay for the high-speed infrastructure, and government-led partnerships would manage some, if not all, of the lines. Once riders experienced the benefits of traveling faster than an Italian sports car on an open road, LaHood argues, enthusiasm for the fast-moving trains would spread across the nation. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2013/02/12/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY In radical refit, buildings to generate more power than they use. Two office blocks by the Oslo fjord will generate more power than they use from 2014 after a radical refit meant to show that the world's energy-squandering building sector can do more to fight climate change. Geothermal and solar energy generated on site will make the 1980s buildings "energy positive" in a tiny step to cut demand from the building sector that burns about 40 percent of world energy and emits a third of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/12/us-buildings-idUSBRE91B0VC20130212 Proposal would help link investors to state clean energy projects. Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy, stressed the need for government policies to attract private investments in renewable energy at a briefing last week in Washington, D.C. "The right kinds of policy make it less difficult to marry up the tens of billions of dollars that are sitting on the sidelines in America, looking for a place to be invested, with the great existing and emerging forms of renewable energy," McGinn said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/12/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Interior green-power guru moves to California Energy Commission. An Interior Department renewable energy expert is one of two new appointees to the California Energy Commission. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Janea Ashanti Scott to the Golden State's energy agency. Scott, 39, of Arlington, Va., has been deputy counselor for renewable energy and special assistant to the counselor at Interior since 2009. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/02/12/7 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Rulemaking chops seen as edge for 2 inside candidates to replace Jackson. With U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson leaving the agency today, two of her lieutenants are being discussed in Washington, D.C., as leading candidates to succeed her. Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and EPA air chief Gina McCarthy -- both with extensive experience at EPA and as state regulators -- have the regulatory chops that environmentalists prize and also have reputations for giving industry a seat at the table for rulemakings. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/02/12/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS In the dark on San Onofre. Ratepayers and the public deserve to know more about who knew what and when concerning the nuclear plant's problematic steam generators. If what two federal lawmakers say is true, there's more to the shutdown at the San Onofre nuclear plant than the public has been told. According to Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a leaked internal report by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which manufactured the problem-riddled steam generators that forced the shutdown…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-san-onofre-generators-20130210,0,7939081.story BLOGS Why the fight over natural gas exports may be overblown. One of the big energy issues Congress will face in the coming year is what to do about the glut of cheap natural gas in the United States. Should we start exporting some of that gas abroad and earn a tidy profit? Or keep it here at home? Since the Department of Energy would need to approve any new export terminals, politicians get to weigh in here. And so far, lawmakers have been split. Some Republicans insist that the United States should expedite natural-gas exports to allies such as Japan. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/11/why-the-fight-over-natural-gas-exports-may-be-overblown/