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ARB Newsclips for March 28, 2013. ARB Newsclips for March 28, 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 Pistachio orchard raises air quality concerns. Weeks after attention was drawn to a dusty situation regarding a planned Inyokern pistachio orchard was brought to the attention of Kern County and Eastern Kern Air Pollution District, plans are in motion to mitigate a dust situation. Mike McGee, owner of the 80-acre lot in Inyokern, said Tuesday that he was working in consort with the Air Pollution District to curb the dust issue. Posted. http://www.ridgecrestca.com/article/20130327/NEWS/130329792 Duke Energy's Rogers discusses impact of air regulations on energy investments. With new air regulations coming online and many utilities easing their use of coal-fired generation, what will the technology trends in the electric power sector be over the next 10 years? During today's OnPoint, Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, discusses game-changing technologies and the role subsidies should play in promoting these new energy sources. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/tv/transcript/1653 CLIMATE CHANGE How climate change threatens the seas. The tide rolls out on a chilly March evening, and the oystermen roll in, steel rakes in hand, hip boots crunching on the gravel beneath a starry, velvet sky. As they prepare to harvest some of the sweetest shellfish on the planet, a danger lurks beyond the shore that will eventually threaten clams, mussels, everything with a shell or that eats something with a shell. The entire food chain could be affected. That means fish, fishermen and, perhaps, you. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/27/climate-change-seas/2024759/ With Drought Season Off to a Bad Start, Scientists Forecast Another Bleak Year. Current climate-induced drought is slipping into a trend that scientists say resembles some of the worst droughts in U.S. history, like the Dust Bowl. Drought conditions in more than half of the United States have slipped into a pattern that climatologists say is uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the widespread 1950s drought. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130328/drought-season-bad-start-scientists-forecast-another-bleak-year San Diego, bracing for climate change, studies its weaknesses. A collection of experts are assembling in San Diego to wrestle with the city's seesaw climate challenges that include heat-sparked wildfires on one side and increased floods from rising seas on the other. The meeting will pull together insurers, real estate developers and officials from the area's largest infrastructure projects, like the airport and the city's sprawling seaport, to probe climate impacts on the city and identify ways to prepare for more. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/03/28/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY New research points to ocean circulation, not winds, as driver of CO2 release after each ice age. At the end of each ice age, the ocean exhales carbon dioxide. Scientists believe this explains the difference in atmospheric CO2 concentrations between ice ages, which have lower concentrations of carbon dioxide, and warmer, more CO2-saturated periods like the one we're living in now. What causes that carbon dioxide to exit the ocean when an ice age ends, though, is still a puzzle oceanographers are trying to decipher. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/03/28/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Powerful Oklahoma quake was caused by oil-drilling procedure, scientists say. An unusual and widely felt 5.6-magnitude quake in Oklahoma in 2011 was probably caused when oil drilling waste was pushed deep underground, a team of university and federal scientists concluded. That would make it the most powerful quake to be blamed on deep injections of wastewater, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal Geology. The waste was from traditional drilling, not from the hydraulic fracturing technique, or fracking. Not everyone agrees, though, with the scientists' conclusion: Oklahoma's state seismologists say the quake was natural. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-earthquakes/ci_22875663/powerful-oklahoma-quake-was-caused-by-oil-drilling Natural gas is an energy favorite behind renewables – poll. Nearly two-thirds of Americans want U.S. officials to put more emphasis on producing natural gas from domestic shale plays, according to a new Gallup poll. Though solar power and wind were the top choices -- with 76 percent and 71 percent support, respectively -- 65 percent of participants in the March 7-10 survey favored ramping up production of natural gas. "Americans overall and across political and socioeconomic groups generally are most likely to call for more emphasis on solar and wind power…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/print/2013/03/28/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Hot Wheels: Subaru unveils its first hybrid. Subaru is coming out with a gas-electric hybrid crossover SUV for the crunchy granola crowd that wants to save fuel but still haul kayaks to the river. The Japanese brand, which specializes in all-wheel-drive vehicles, unveils the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid on Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. The company's first gas-electric hybrid gets somewhat better gas mileage than the conventional Crosstrek and has stop-start technology that shuts down the engine at red lights to save fuel. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP30ef3eebfd3448ebba3060fc79dee044.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/28/3233917/hot-wheels-subaru-unveils-its.html#storylink=misearch http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/03/subaru-20130328.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/03/28/2643260/hot-wheels-subaru-unveils-its.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy HIGH-SPEED RAIL California's High-Speed Rail Authority sues everybody, invites you to argue case in court. If you're reading this, consider yourself served. The state of California has filed a civil case against everyone -- literally, the whole world -- seeking to validate $8.6 billion in voter-approved bonds for its $69 billion high-speed rail project. The lawsuit, titled "High-Speed Rail Authority v. All Persons Interested," is meant as a pre-emptive strike so the state can confirm that it's definitely legal to issue some of the bonds needed to begin bullet train construction this summer. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_22885008/california-high-speed-rail-sues-everybody-invites-people?source=rss GREEN ENERGY Dairy Finds a Way to Let Cows Power Trucks. Here at one of the largest dairy farms in the country, electricity generated using an endless supply of manure runs the equipment to milk around 30,000 cows three times a day. For years, the farm has used livestock waste to create enough natural gas to power 10 barns, a cheese factory, a cafe, a gift shop and a maze of child-friendly exhibits about the world of dairy, including a 4D movie theater. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/us/dairy-finds-way-to-let-cows-power-trucks.html Solar plane prepares for flight across America. A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is preparing to fly across North America. The Swiss creators of the Solar Impulse are announcing Thursday which U.S. cities the experimental plane will visit during its "Across America" tour that kicks off in May. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will display the aircraft and discuss the cross-country trip at a news conference at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Solar-plane-prepares-for-flight-across-America-4390776.php http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_22889017/solar-plane-prepares-flight-across-america MISCELLANEOUS Toxic waste site near Kettleman City to pay $311,000 in fines.The penalties are part of a settlement capping an investigation into Chemical Waste Management, which failed to report 72 hazmat spills in the last four years. A toxic waste dump near the San Joaquin Valley farming community of Kettleman City has agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last four years, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced Wednesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-kettleman-fines-20130328,0,1654547.story OPINIONS Cooling on Warming. Is spring actually here? We are definitely getting tired of snow stories. It’s time for some sun. And then the drought stories! At which point we will ask ourselves: What ever happened to worrying about global warming? You may remember what a big deal President Obama made about climate change in his Inaugural Address. It definitely looked as if the ozone layer was making a comeback. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/opinion/collins-cooling-on-warming.html?_r=0 Dr. Michael Peterson: Don't let Big Oil weaken clean-air efforts. Each day in my outpatient waiting room here in Fresno, I see men and women afflicted with asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Many of them wake up coughing, drag around oxygen tanks and only walk a few steps before they're forced to rest. What makes this especially hard for me to witness is my knowledge that so much of this suffering -- and worse -- might be avoided by investing more attention in the air we all breathe. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/27/3233461/dr-michael-peterson-dont-let-big.html#storylink=cpy California's $68B rail project will hire the 'disadvantaged' -- like felons and dropouts. What do high school dropouts, convicted felons and union apprentices have in common? They’re all “disadvantaged” workers who — alongside veterans, former foster children and single parents — must account for at least 10 percent of the labor force behind California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project. By 2029, the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority hopes to send commuters hurtling at 200 mph between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Posted. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/27/california-controversial-6b-rail-project-must-employ-disadvantaged-workers/ BLOGS IMF: Want to fight climate change? Get rid of $1.9 trillion in energy subsidies. What’s the simplest way to tackle global warming? Make sure that fossil fuels are priced properly and not subsidized. That’s the core idea behind a large new report (pdf) from the International Monetary Fund, which argues that the world “misprices” fossil fuels to the tune of some $1.9 trillion per year. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/27/imf-want-to-fight-climate-change-get-rid-of-1-9-trillion-in-energy-subsidies/ Poll: Green energy popular, partisan split on oil. Roughly three-quarters of U.S. residents want the country to boost emphasis on wind and solar power production, making the fuels much more popular than coal, nuclear and oil, a new poll shows. Natural gas, which has substantial political backing among lawmakers in both parties, is close behind renewable energy in popularity, the Gallup poll shows. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/290735-poll-green-energy-popular-partisan-split-on-oil Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: Innovation but No Beauty. You’re not going to see Prius-level fuel economy in a seven-passenger S.U.V. Driving around town to meetings of the Cub Scouts, you’ll see 25 m.p.g. in the hybrid, but that’s much better than the 19 you’d see in a 2013 Pathfinder with a V-6 and 4-wheel drive. And it’s not a huge price premium. One big benefit is the 526-mile cruising range, which should be very useful for passing gas stations in the Pathfinder’s suburban habitat. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/nissan-pathfinder-hybrid-innovation-but-no-beauty/ Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Pairs Style and Economy. Instead of the standard QX60’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the hybrid is equipped with a supercharged 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder and an electric motor powered by a compact lithium-ion battery pack (under the third-row seat) good for 250 horsepower. The system uses a continuously variable transmission. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/infiniti-qx60-hybrid-pairs-style-and-economy/ Port of Long Beach Breaks Ground on Project Expected to Alleviate Rail Congestion, Truck Pollution. In an attempt to not only clear traffic between the Port of Long Beach (POLB) and the Alameda Corridor rail line but also clear the air of pollutants, the Green Port Gateway–after years of discussion–is finally underway with a ten-month later-than-expected completion date. Originally slated to be completed in September of this year with a projected $66 million budget, the project will now cost some $83.5 million and is projected to be finished in July of 2014. Posted. http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/03/28/port-of-long-beach-breaks-ground-on-project-expected-to-alleviate-rail-congestion-truck-pollution/ What CNN Is Missing About High-Speed Rail. CNN has repeatedly portrayed stimulus funding for high-speed rail as a "boondoggle" because much of the money has gone to upgrading existing rail lines rather than new bullet trains. But the untold story is that Republican obstructionism has halted progress on new high-speed rail lines, which require a long-term investment of time and money. The Situation Room aired a report by Drew Griffin on Tuesday claiming that high-speed rail is "turning into a pipe dream," pointing to a rail improvement project in Washington state that has received $800 million in stimulus funding. Posted. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/03/28/what-cnn-is-missing-about-high-speed-rail/193313 Is Global Warming Hot Air? On the left they say carbonation will kill all of us. Some say it's carbon dioxide, others -- methane, yet others both, but all insist the C must be made cold. On the right they use another c-word: cyclical -- that climate change is just how nature waxes and wanes. Or they trash it as the left's baloney. If it was as dangerous as claimed, should we not have all melted by now? The back-and-forth goes on. Storms swirl, hurricanes rage, landscapes erode, ice caps contract. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sunil-sharan/is-global-warming-hot-air_b_2967177.html?utm_hp_ref=barack-obama