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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for March 26, 2013.

Posted: 26 Mar 2013 10:59:32
ARB Newsclips for March 26, 2013. 

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Governors Ask Obama to Weigh Climate Impact of Coal Ports.
President Barack Obama’s administration should weigh the
climate-change impact of burning coal in Asia when considering
whether to approve Pacific coal- export terminals, two Western
governors said. In a letter to the White House Council of
Environmental Quality, the Democratic governors, John Kitzhaber
of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington, said the administration
must expand its review of the projects and consider the carbon
dioxide that would be released when the coal is burned for power.

Utility Group, Virginia Appeal Decisions Upholding CO2
Regulation. Virginia and the Pacific Legal Foundation asked the
U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision
upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's 2009 finding that
greenhouse gases should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
Additionally, the Utility Air Regulatory Group, a power company
trade group, asked the Supreme Court to overturn a U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision upholding
EPA's greenhouse gas permitting program for large stationary
sources of emissions. Posted.

New York State Cites Climate Change as Risk to Bond Investors.
New York State is listing climate change as a risk for
bondholders after Hurricane Sandy caused more than $40 billion in
damage and Governor Andrew Cuomo said better preparations are
needed. New York may be the first U.S. state to inform investors
of the danger posed by rising sea levels, greater flooding and
erosion resulting from climate change, said Rich Azzopardi, a
spokesman for Cuomo. Posted.

FEATURE-Tomatoes, peppers, strawberries in Greenland's Arctic
valleys. On the Arctic Circle, a chef is growing the kind of
vegetables and herbs - potatoes, thyme, tomatoes, green peppers -
more fitting for a suburban garden in a temperate zone than a
land of Northern Lights, glaciers and musk oxen. Some Inuit
hunters are finding reindeer fatter than ever thanks to more
grazing on this frozen tundra, and for some, there is no longer a
need to trek hours to find wild herbs. Welcome to climate change
in Greenland, where locals say longer and warmer summers mean the
country can grow the kind of crops unheard of years ago. Posted.

UC, CSU could get a pass on emissions laws. California's
cash-strapped public universities would save millions of dollars
under legislation by Orange County state Sen. Mimi Walters, but
the bill's prospects are uncertain because it would alter a
landmark global warming law beloved by environmentalists.
Walters' proposal seeks to exempt University of California and
California State University campuses from the new cap-and-trade
program established under the Global Warming Solutions Act of
2006, otherwise known as Assembly Bill 32 or AB32, one of the
nation's most ambitious environmental laws. Posted.


Audit Faults Stimulus-Backed $1.5 Billion U.S. Clean-Coal Effort.
Poor management has hampered a U.S. program to develop technology
to capture carbon-dioxide emissions, the Energy Department
inspector general said in a report that raises new questions
about a clean-energy initiative backed by the 2009 economic
stimulus. In total, the Energy Department received $1.5 billion
in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to invest in
technology that responds to climate-change risks. Carbon dioxide
is a greenhouse gas that most scientists think is making the
planet hotter. Posted.

Future Capital Buys U.S. Bio-Ethanol Plant for $220 Million.
Future Capital Partners Ltd., a London-based investment company,
bought U.S. bio-ethanol maker Appomattox Bio Energy LLC for $220
million and will use some of its equipment to start a plant in
the U.K. The company will sell Appomattox’s land, plant and
machinery to the Future Fuels Partnership that it set up to build
a bio-ethanol refinery in Grimsby, northern England, it said
today in an e-mailed statement. Posted.

Miles-Driven Could Replace Gasoline Tax, LaTourette Says.
Abolishing the U.S. gasoline tax and replacing it with a levy
based on miles driven could happen “tomorrow” regardless of
hurdles to implementing it, said a former top Republican on the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The gasoline
tax, which Congress hasn’t raised since 1993, needs to be ended
because lawmakers won’t increase it, former Representative Steve
LaTourette said today in an interview at Bloomberg’s Washington
office. Posted.

Shale gas lures global manufacturers to US industrial revival.
When Wolfgang Eder and his team started looking around for a site
for a new plant for Voestalpine, the Austrian steelmaker he
heads, they had 17 sites in eight countries on their list. This
month, after more than a year of looking, they settled on the
U.S. state of Texas, after a boom in the production of natural
gas from shale extraction brought gas prices down to just a
quarter of what companies paid in Europe. "In the USA,
re-industrialisation is being promoted very consistently,
ambitiously and with great conviction," Eder told Reuters. "Low
energy prices gave us the final - and not insignificant - push."


Rebates, incentives for 'green' cars encourage buyers, frustrate
tax activists. A plan to reduce smog caused by California's busy
freeways is working: More people than ever are taking advantage
of rebates and buying clean-energy cars. But many taxpayers
aren't happy about it. The state's $43-million rebate program for
plug-in hybrids and other zero-emission vehicles is nearly empty,
so the California Air Resources Board and the Energy Commission
pumped $10.5 million more into the account, enabling more
residents to take advantage of getting up to $2,500 back. Posted.

Tesla share jump on cryptic tweet by Elon Musk. No stranger to
leveraging his Twitter presence to maximize attention for his
electric car company, Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk sent his
company's stock up 2.5% on Monday with a single, cryptic tweet.
"Really exciting @TeslaMotors announcement coming on Thursday. Am
going to put my money where my mouth is in v major way," Musk
tweeted. The markets noticed, sending Tesla shares up 91 cents to
close at $37.53. Tesla shares are traded on the Nasdaq stock
exchange. Just what Musk has up his sleeve remains a mystery.


How Green Is Your School? One of the reasons that Layla El Zein,
a successful telecommunications engineer in Lebanon, decided to
go to business school was that she was interested in turning her
charity work into a full-time job. “I felt that I had much more
to give than volunteering,” she said. She chose the Rotterdam
School of Management at Erasmus University partly because of its
M.B.A. program’s focus on sustainability. “Their sustainability
initiatives are really clear and tough, and they prioritize it,”
she said. Posted.


In S.F., an uphill battle for a 'freeway for bikes' Plan to
replace some parking spaces on Polk Street with bicycle lanes and
parklets has many residents and lots of business owners saying
'Not so fast.' Russian Hill's Velvet Da Vinci gallery, which
offers an array of edgy jewelry and metalwork, has been doing
brisk business lately in "Save Polk St." T-shirts. Neighboring
shops have signs in their display windows warning that a "radical
agenda" threatens the shopping district, where residents can get
shoes fixed at Frank's, fill pantries at Real Food Co., sip a
Soju cocktail at Amelie or buy a silicone sex toy at Good
Vibrations. Posted.


Carbon tax? No thanks, says Senate. In case there was any doubt
about the odds of Congress enacting a carbon tax, a Senate vote
Saturday morning showed that they are long indeed. Sen. Sheldon
Whitehouse, a liberal Rhode Island Democrat, offered an amendment
to the proposed fiscal 2014 budget resolution calling for
"establishment of a fee on carbon pollution." The amendment
didn't suggest who'd pay the fee or how large it would be; it
required only that the fee not increase the deficit and that all
the revenue raised be "returned to the American people in the
form of federal deficit reduction…Posted.

Cathie Anderson: Sacramento recycler sees businesses upgrading
tech equipment. Look at the region's economy from the perspective
of Arman Sadeghi, and you'll see a definite sign that the
business outlook is improving. Sadeghi runs All Green Electronics
Recycling, and government organizations and big corporations seek
him out when they are ready to get rid of old technology and
upgrade. "We actually buy their equipment from them," said
Sadeghi, founder and chief executive of All Green. Posted.


The biggest fight over renewable energy is now in the states. 
Nowadays, a huge chunk of the action on clean energy in the
United States is happening at the state level. Some 29 states and
Washington D.C. have renewable energy standards requiring
electric utilities to get a portion of their power from sources
like wind or solar.  Those state-level standards have played a
big role in doubling the amount of renewable-energy capacity in
the United States in the past four years. Posted. 

Senate Spurns Bid to Block Carbon Standards. The U.S. Senate cast
key votes on the fiscal 2014 budget resolution Friday that sent a
clear message on climate change: we won't stand in the way of
executive action to cut the carbon pollution from our nation's
power plants. The Senate also stood up for public health,
rejecting a bid to poke an industry loophole in new standards to
cut down on the mercury and other toxic chemicals in the air we
breathe. Posted.

The Ocean in a High Carbon Dioxide World. It's easy to take for
granted the many ways that the ocean keeps us alive; it sustains
much of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink
and the climate that surrounds us. The complex ocean systems that
produce these benefits -- from currents and photosynthesis to
food chains -- are often chaotic and unpredictable at smaller
scales, but at large scales they come together in a dynamic
equilibrium to ensure that life can thrive. One of the ocean's
most important life-giving functions is its absorption of carbon
dioxide emissions. Posted.

Making fuel fom air pollution.  Excess carbon dioxide in the
Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil
fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and
researchers the world over are looking for new ways to generate
power that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.  Now, researchers
at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the
carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial
products. Posted. 

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