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ARB Newsclips for February 15, 2013. ARB Newsclips for February 15, 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 Deal reached over pollution from Calif. Warehouse. A proposed mega-warehouse project in Riverside County will move forward, but project developers will have to monitor for pollution as part of a settlement Thursday with the state of California and environmentalists. "It is a false choice to suggest that in order for California business to thrive, public health must suffer," state Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement announcing the deal. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22591897/settlement-reached-calif-mega-warehouse-project?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22591897/settlement-reached-calif-mega-warehouse-project?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/140/article/66562/ Using Planes to Fix Air-Pollution Satellites. Anyone who's ever driven down Interstate 5 in central California's Kern County knows about the smell. The one that penetrates cars despite closed vents and windows. Wafting from an adjacent cattle ranch, the largest on the West Coast, the well-known odor comes from the ammonia all those cows produce. California's Central Valley, which spans I-5, regularly has some of the worst air pollution in the United States because of its unfortunate combination of geography and agriculture. Posted. http://news.yahoo.com/using-planes-fix-air-pollution-satellites-220157634.html CLIMATE CHANGE Obama’s Climate Call May Hasten EU Carbon Fix, IETA Chief Says. President Barack Obama’s call for Congress to act on climate change may embolden European Union policy makers to fix the bloc’s ailing carbon market, said the president of the International Emissions Trading Association. A proposal for stricter emissions rules in northeast America may also provide the impetus for EU nations to tackle the oversupply of carbon allowances in the world’s biggest cap- and-trade market, Dirk Forrister, president of the Geneva-based lobby group, said yesterday. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-15/obama-s-climate-call-may-hasten-eu-carbon-fix-ieta-chief-says.html Climate Change’s Links to Conflict Draws UN Attention. Imagine India in 2033. It has overtaken China as the most populous nation. Yet with 1.5 billion citizens to feed, it’s been three years since the last monsoon. Without rain, crops die and people starve. The seeds of conflict take root. This is one of the scenarios Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, will present today to members of the United Nations Security Council in New York to show the connection between climate change and global security challenges. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-15/climate-change-s-links-to-conflict-draws-un-attention.html Obama acknowledges climate-change difficulties. President Obama, asked Thursday how he will get anything done on climate change, hinted at what executive actions he might take and acknowledged that getting anything through Congress will be difficult. "Some of this is ideological, some of it is economic, and it's not all partisan," he said in a Google+ chat. "I have to tell you that there are some Democrats, for example who represent states or districts that are heavily reliant on old power plants and are more heavily manufacturing based. Posted. http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-acknowledges-climatechange-difficulties-157106.html FERC rejects challenge to Calif. cap-and-trade rules. Federal officials have declined to intervene in California's cap-and-trade system, dismissing a challenge from out-of-state power generators to rules associated with the state's economywide greenhouse gas market. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday dismissed PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric's objections to California's electric grid operator's changing its rules to comply with the state's carbon trading regulations. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/15/5 BY SUBSRIPTION ONLY FUELS Total Reveals Cause of North Sea Natural Gas Leak. Total, the French oil company, has revealed its version of the causes of the major North Sea natural gas leak, which has shut down production on the company’s flagship Elgin-Franklin North Sea field for almost a year. At the time of the leak, in March 2012, gas from the Elgin-Franklin complex accounted for about 7 percent of British production, and the British Treasury has blamed the outage at the field for lowering tax receipts and economic growth. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/business/global/total-reveals-cause-of-north-sea-natural-gas-leak.html?_r=0 Marcellus Shale gas boom expected to slow in 2013. Energy experts say the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas production will slow this year but not because there's any lack of supply. The slowdown is happening because drillers are waiting for pipelines to expand, new markets to develop and wholesale prices to rise. "The hiring has tapered off. What we see is a holding pattern," said Kathryn Klaber, the president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/feb/15/marcellus-shale-gas-boom-expected-to-slow-in/#ixzz2KzOKn187 http://www.sbsun.com/ci_22596368/marcellus-shale-gas-boom-expected-slow-2013 School closing near San Bruno explosion site. Too few students forced the school board to close an elementary school near the site of the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion. The San Francisco Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/UkHvWc) says the board voted unanimously on Wednesday night to close Crestmoor Elementary School at the end of the school year. Many families who lost homes in the explosion and fire sent their children to Crestmoor. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_22597416/school-closing-near-san-bruno-explosion-site?IADID=Search-www.sbsun.com-www.sbsun.com#ixzz2KzW3k4Bk Leading locomotive maker sees LNG as a future fuel. Liquefied natural gas locomotives could become a reality in the "not-too-distant future," GE Transportation President and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli said last week, noting that his company is working with customers and engineers to develop the technology. "It is a cost-competitive fuel, and with it being abundant here, there's the opportunity to start to put it into a competitive aspect with diesel," he said last Friday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/print/2013/02/15/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES "World's greenest" Chevy Silverado now ready to order. Doesn't the idea of a big truck that doesn't use gas, is biodegradable and is 100-percent recyclable sound appealing? The group trying to get you to own one even says, "You can tell all your environmentalist friends that you just happen to have the world's greenest Chevy Silverado." Except, well, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado in question here is made of paper. It's a pretty sweet model, but it's not exactly the zero-emission truck we've been hoping for. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/02/15/worlds-greenest-chevy-silverado-now-ready-to-order/ California HOV access could be extended 10 years for green cars. A few years ago it was not uncommon to hear a Toyota Prius buyer say, "I got it for the sticker." The yellow sticker they were referring to allowed the driver to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (carpool) lane even when alone in the car which, as every other LA driver knows, led to the frequent sight of a Prius with a sole occupant zooming by at 94 miles per hour along the center barrier. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/15/california-hov-access-could-be-extended-10-years-for-green-cars/ Action plan to put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on California roads by 2025. The office of California Governor has released a roadmap that details specific strategies and actions to help accelerate the market for plug-in electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles in California. According to the Governor’s Executive Order of March 2012, there should be 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on Californian roads by 2025. http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5233 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Palo Alto looks to Hill to soothe high-speed-rail concerns. California's high-speed rail project may have left the station last year, when the state Legislature approved funding for the first segment by a single vote, but Palo Alto officials still have plenty of concerns about the locally unpopular project, and they hope their newest representative in Sacramento can help. The city is now working with its newest representative, Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to clean up Senate Bill 1029…Posted. http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=28631 GREEN ENERGY Obama gives green energy funds a jump-start. In the wake of yet another monster storm in the Northeastern U.S., we are once again reminded of the need to address climate change, which is like a Grendel that keeps coming out of its cave to ravage us with increasingly violent weather. The President outlined new initiatives on climate change in the State of the Union address on Tuesday. If they gain traction in Washington, it will give a boost to stocks and exchange-traded funds that invest in alternative energy and global warming solutions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-column-wasik-green-idUSBRE91E0S020130215 Clean Energy Faces Hurdles in Legislature. During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama doubled down on his vision for renewable energy, calling for more wind and solar power. In Texas, the Legislature is less enthusiastic. As the session progresses, renewable energy advocates are bracing to defend critical policies that have helped Texas become the leading wind-power state. The ascendancy of the Tea Party, an abundance of cheap natural gas and tighter budgets have reduced the sway of the wind industry. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/us/clean-energy-foresees-fight-in-texas-legislature.html?ref=science&pagewanted=print Reducing Your Carbon Footprint. Many people believe that Hurricane Sandy made the consequences of climate change painfully clear, so it might be tempting to think that stricter emissions standards and renewable-energy investments could lead to a less stormy future. But while these high-level policy initiatives are important, changes on the home front matter, too. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/realestate/reducing-your-carbon-footprint.html?pagewanted=print MISCELLANEOUS Bloomberg Pushes for Plastic-Foam Ban in ‘State of the City’. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he intends to use his final year in office to push for more recycling and electric vehicles, a curbside food-composting pilot program and a ban on plastic-foam food packaging. In his final State of the City address today, the third- term mayor characterized his 11 years in office as a period in which he made the most-populous U.S. city healthier and more environmentally friendly. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-14/bloomberg-to-push-for-styrofoam-ban-in-final-nyc-state-of-city-.html Airbus Abandons Plan to Use Controversial Batteries in New Jet. Faced with the potential of a prolonged investigation into what caused batteries on two Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets to catch fire or emit smoke last month, Boeing’s European rival, Airbus, said Friday that it had abandoned plans to use the same battery technology on its forthcoming wide-body jet, the A350-XWB. Airbus said it started informing airline customers on Thursday that it would not move ahead with an original plan to use the lightweight lithium-ion batteries to power a number of the A350’s onboard systems…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/business/global/airbus-abandons-plan-to-use-controversial-batteries.html?ref=business&pagewanted=print BLOGS That Tesla Data: What It Says and What It Doesn’t. Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors, has now responded in detail to the account of my test drive of his Model S electric car, using the company's new East Coast Superchargers that was published in The Times on Feb. 10. His broadest charge is that I consciously set out to sabotage the test. That is not so. I was delighted to receive the assignment to try out the company's new East Coast Supercharger network and as I previously noted in no way anticipated - or deliberately caused - the troubles I encountered. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/that-tesla-data-what-it-says-and-what-it-doesnt/?ref=business&pagewanted=print The Air That Kills in India. The thick haze of outdoor air pollution common in India today is the nation's fifth-largest killer, after high blood pressure, indoor air pollution (mainly from cooking fires), smoking and poor nutrition, according to a new analysis presented in New Delhi by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute. In 2010, outdoor air pollution contributed to over 620,000 premature deaths in India, up from 100,000 in 2000. ''It's not just breathing bad air,'' said Aaron Cohen, the principal epidemiologist at the institute. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/the-air-that-kills-in-india/?pagewanted=print Environmental Group Targets Spewing Buildings in Pollution Report. When people consider the prime sources of carbon gas emissions in New York City, cars, trucks and buses belching smoke are often the first culprits to come to mind. In fact, homes and offices spew far more carbon into the atmosphere than all motor vehicles in the city combined. Some 75 percent of all carbon emissions in the city come from the buildings. Posted. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/environmental-group-targets-spewing-buildings-in-pollution-report/?partner=rss A Climate Rally at the Right Time. When I started talking about climate change more than a decade ago, I worried my future grandchildren would someday face rising sea levels and punishing drought. Now it's clear those dangers won't wait until a later date. They have arrived already, and they are delivering heartache and suffering right now. I see it here in New York, where Hurricane Sandy destroyed houses, drained nest eggs, and shuttered businesses. I see it in the Midwest, where drought pushed farmers to plow under their crops and thin their herds. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-beinecke/a-climate-rally-at-the-ri_b_2695583.html?view=print&comm_ref=false How To Do Electric-Car Chargers Right: New Target Store In CA. Electric-car drivers know the problem all too well. It's called "getting ICEd"--when a gasoline car parks in the spot for reserved for electric cars to use a public charging station. Now a new Target store, sited in a conventional suburban mall in Fremont, California, offers an example of how to minimize that problem. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1082327_how-to-do-electric-car-chargers-right-new-target-store-in-ca