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ARB Newsclips for April 4, 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 San Diego County Attains EPA Air Quality Standards. County Supervisor Ron Roberts today announced that San Diego County has met the 1997 EPA air quality standard for ground-level ozone and will now be designated as “in attainment” heading off possible federal sanctions and withholding of transportation funds. Ground level ozone is created when harmful emissions, such as engine exhaust, react with sunlight to form SMOG, a noxious air pollutant that damages our lungs and irritates our eyes, noses, and throats. It can be especially dangerous for those with breathing difficulty as well as the young and elderly. Posted. http://scoopsandiego.com/news/local/san-diego-county-attains-epa-air-quality-standards/article_6e8f9d2c-9c9e-11e2-a29e-0019bb30f31a.html OFFICIALS LAUNCH AIR QUALITY APP. Anti-pollution officials had two reasons to celebrate Wednesday: They launched a real-time app that lets San Diego County residents check their neighborhood air quality, and they officially confirmed that the region’s level of unhealthy ozone is the lowest on record. The officials touted the app, which downloads real-time air-quality readings on smartphones or computer tablets, during a crisp morning outside the County Administration Building. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/04/tp-officials-launch-air-quality-app/ CLIMATE CHANGE At fundraisers Obama talks climate, regaining U.S. House. The Obama administration is expected to decide later this year whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada's oil sands to Texas. Environmentalists oppose the project, saying its carbon emissions would contribute unnecessarily to global warming. Supporters say the pipeline is necessary to increase U.S. energy independence. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-usa-campaign-obama-fundraising-idUSBRE93305920130404 Alberta mulls tougher carbon rules on oil –report. Alberta is considering a major increase in the carbon levy it charges oil producers as it seeks to show Washington it is serious about meeting emission-reduction goals, while promoting the contentious Keystone XL pipeline to Texas refineries. Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen offered the proposal at a meeting in Calgary last week with oil executives and federal Environment Minister Peter Kent, the Globe and Mail newspaper said on Thursday. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/canada-alberta-environment-idUSL2N0CR0SX20130404 FUELS Politics, environmental worries threaten new coal ports in the Northwest. Growing environmental objections to exporting coal from Washington state and Oregon have begun to endanger the coal industry’s hope to restore its flagging fortunes by shipping much more of the embattled fossil fuel to China and India. Port officials this week dropped plans for a terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., just days after the governors of Oregon and Washington urged the White House to scrutinize the global impact of greenhouse gas emissions in Asia before approving exports from Northwest ports. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/04/03/2652371/politics-environmental-worries.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Running out of gas? Thailand struggles to avert energy crunch. Government electricity-saving plans - including agreements with factories such as a Thai unit of Toyota Motor Corp to stop operations on April 5 - may prevent blackouts in the short term but point to the potential long-term economic impact. The supply crunch also highlights the difficulties in securing alternatives. Liquefied natural gas is much more expensive, while cheaper coal faces strong opposition after problems caused by pollution in the early 1990s at a coal-fired power plant. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/03/thailand-energy-idUSL3N0CA0ZK20130403 VEHICLES New Electric Car, Old Name. Electric cars are a tough sell to most U.S. motorists, but that didn't stop a group of Detroit-based entrepreneurs from launching a new entry to the market Wednesday, this one with a venerable name. A group led by a former executive of the U.K. sports car maker Lotus Cars is resurrecting the "Detroit Electric" brand, one of the leading names of the Motor City's brief, early 20th Century status as a hub of battery-powered car innovation. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323646604578401162312804322.html?KEYWORDS=vehicles Porsche refreshes Panamera lineup, adds plug-in hybrid. It’s nip-and-tuck time for Porsche’s Panamera sedan. A midlife refresh will give 2014 models an updated look, a long wheelbase option and new engine choices, including a turbocharged V-6 and a plug-in hybrid. All three variations will make their world debut April 21 at the Shanghai Auto Show. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-autos-porsche-panamera-update-hybrid-20130403,0,4020457.story Fox News declares death of green cars, says gas guzzlers rule. When news broke Tuesday that sales of full-sized truck were surging, Fox News seized the moment to conclude that Americans don't really care about fuel economy. Stuart Varney of Fox Business asked if it was "time for Uncle Sam, maybe, to slam the brakes on those green car incentives." He said recent high gas prices could push people "into fuel-efficient cars, but they're not. They're going for gas guzzlers." Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-fox-business-gas-guzzlers-20130403,0,6024762.story Monthly EV sales reach all-time high in the US. “March of 2013 has set a new benchmark for sales of plug-in vehicles, as huge monthly gains at some automakers (and steady results at others) have pushed the overall number of plug-in sales to an all-time high in the US for March.” reports InsideEVs. Posted. http://cars21.com/news/view/5324 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Rail board to talk routes in Fresno. Engineers' recommendations for high-speed train routes around Chowchilla and Hanford will be presented Thursday when the California High-Speed Rail Authority's board meets in Fresno. The authority will also consider amending two major contracts with consultants for work in the San Joaquin Valley, increasing its consulting budget by more than $47 million. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/04/03/3242139/rail-board-visits-fresno-for-route.html OPINION Hey Gov. Brown here is a legacy to try on for size. It may be impolite in civil society to say we told you so, but we did. Consider the all-too-predictable news that planning costs for the state's ill-advised high-speed rail are already nearly $100 million more than anticipated, much of it going to consultants and pay raises for employees. We have barely stuck its toe in the water on Gov. Jerry Brown's monument to himself and costs are already soaring. So we have decided to create the above monument to the governor's legacy in the hope that maybe it will be enough for him to just make this abomination go away. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_22943569/hey-gov-brown-here-is-legacy-try-size BLOGS Obama on climate change: ‘The politics of this are tough’. President Obama told Democratic donors late Wednesday that he must sharpen his argument for action on climate change and green energy at a time when many families are still struggling financially. He said, "The politics of this are tough." “[T]he thing that I’m going to have to try to work to persuade the American people a little more convincingly on is this notion that there’s a contradiction between our economy and our environment — it's just a false choice,” Obama said at a San Francisco fundraiser. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/291787-obama-on-climate-change-the-politics-of-this-are-tough Methane leaks are undermining the shale-gas boom. Here’s how to fix that. At first glance, the recent shale-gas boom in the United States looks like excellent news for efforts to slow climate change. Natural gas is nudging aside dirtier coal in the electric-power sector, which is driving down U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions. But the one huge caveat in this story has always been methane. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/04/methane-leaks-are-undermining-the-shale-gas-boom-heres-how-to-fix-it/ What Tesla Can Learn From the Solar Industry. Tesla stock is down 8% today, after the game-changing announcement its founder Elon Musk had hyped for a week turned out to hinge on some particularly funny maths. The announcement raised two interesting points about the company: first, that it seems to be selling a premium product with distinctly sub-prime marketing tactics, and second, that it has plenty to learn from Mr Musk’s other clean energy business, SolarCity. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/04/03/what-tesla-can-learn-from-the-solar-industry/?KEYWORDS=tesla