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ARB Newsclips for May 22, 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. CAP AND TRADE California's third carbon auction raises $280 million. California's third carbon-allowance auction raised more than $280 million as polluters bid for the right to emit greenhouse gases, state officials said today. The California Air Resources Board released results of its third carbon auction, which was held last Thursday. Carbon credits that let polluters emit greenhouse gases this year sold for $14 a ton. Allowances for 2016 sold for the minimum $10.71 a ton. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/21/5437558/californias-third-carbon-auction.html#storylink=cpy Carbon auction price rises. California's heavy industries spent $280 million on greenhouse gas permits in the state's latest carbon auction – a sign to environmentalists that the controversial program is hitting its stride. The California Air Resources Board, reporting on the results of its third carbon auction, said credits that allow polluters to emit greenhouse gases this year sold for $14 a ton. That's the highest price for any of the auctions. Allowances for use in 2016 sold for the minimum $10.71 a ton. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/05/22/2726394/carbon-auction-price-rises.html#storylink=cpy Environmentalists Lobby To Change Brown's Proposal For Cap and Trade Funds. Environmentalists and other groups are urging lawmakers to reject California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to borrow money from the state’s cap and trade program. Money from the sale of carbon pollution permits goes to a fund for programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The cap and trade program is relatively new; it's only raised about $250 million so far. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/188129?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CapitalPublicRadioLatestNewsRSS+%28Capital+Public+Radio%3A+Latest+News+RSS%29 Calif. cap and trade gains traction in third auction. Participants showed high interest in California's third auction of greenhouse gas credits, snapping up all of the available permits for this year's emissions under the state's landmark cap-and-trade system. All of the 14.5 million allowances available for companies' 2013 emissions sold at $14 per ton last week, a slight uptick in price from the previous sale in February, according to results released yesterday by the California Air Resources Board. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981604/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Science Can’t Pin Powerful Tornadoes on Global Climate Change. Powerful tornadoes like the one that leveled parts of an Oklahoma City suburb have varied widely in number in the past three years, for reasons that can’t be blamed on climate change, a federal researcher said. “The climate has changed but not by a ridiculous amount,” said Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-21/science-can-t-pin-powerful-tornadoes-on-global-climate-change.html Majority thinks global warming, clean energy should be priorities. Global warming and clean energy should be priorities for Congress and the president, a majority of Americans said in a recent survey. In the survey, released Tuesday by Yale and George Mason universities, 70% of American adults say global warming should be a priority for the nation’s leaders, while 87% say leaders should make it a priority to develop sources of clean energy. Those support levels have dropped by 7% and 5% respectively since fall. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-poll-global-warming-clean-energy-priorities-20130521,0,5113681,print.story Thawing tundra soils could produce lower CO2 emissions than previously thought – study. Researchers have uncovered a mechanism in the Alaskan tundra that doesn't seem to follow the climate change script for soil carbon. For years, scientists have shown that rising temperatures stimulate microbes that decay plant matter, releasing carbon more quickly into the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981563/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Green groups rally for progress on global emissions deal. Environmental groups protested outside a meeting of delegates to the International Civil Aviation Organization yesterday in Montreal against the agency's slow progress on a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases from the aviation sector. "People don't like delays on their flights, and they don't like delays on this issue," said Keya Chatterjee, international climate policy director with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981590/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS College fossil-fuel divestment movement builds. In an effort to slow the pace of climate change, students at more than 200 colleges are asking their schools to stop investing in fossil fuel companies. The Fossil Free campaign argues that if it's wrong to pour pollution into the air and contribute to climate change, it's also wrong to profit from it. The strategy, modeled after anti-apartheid campaigns of the 1980s, aims to limit the flow of capital to fossil fuel companies by making their stocks morally and financially unattractive. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FOSSIL_FUELS_DIVESTMENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT 'Unthinkable' only a few years ago, U.S. could be net exporter of fuel by 2035. The boom in U.S. energy supply brought on by new access to tight oil and gas has transformed the U.S. energy outlook in ways unimaginable only a few years ago, according to industry groups and monitors who spoke yesterday at the 2013 Deloitte Energy Conference. Paired with the clear and present need to move toward a low-carbon economy, that new wealth could see the United States reclaim its place as a net exporter of energy within a few decades, they said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981605/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Solar industry pushes for more use in Ga. The solar industry in Georgia is pushing a power monopoly to expand its use of solar energy as it plans to meet the state's electricity needs over the next two decades. State utility regulators heard testimony Tuesday on the energy plans from Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power, which must submit new plans every three years. Advocates for the state's solar power industry and tea party leaders fault Georgia Power for not including new forms of solar energy in its planning. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/may/21/solar-industry-pushes-for-more-use-in-ga/#ixzz2U2JIxxMH Solar plane departs Phoenix on 2nd leg of US trip. A solar-powered plane is flying from Arizona to Texas on the second leg of a trip across the United States. The Solar Impulse is making the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across the U.S. The plane took off from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport at 4:47 a.m. MST Wednesday and is scheduled to arrive in Dallas early Thursday morning. Pilot Andre Borschebrg is one of the plane's creators along with Bertrand Piccard. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_23297957/solar-plane-departs-phoenix-2nd-leg-us-trip#ixzz2U2VWPsUW OPINIONS Viewpoints: Brown should not retreat from investing cap-and-trade money. We had such high hopes in April. California recently collected nearly half a billion dollars under its new emissions trading system, which "caps" industrial greenhouse gas emissions and requires firms to obtain pollution permits for every ton of carbon they emit. The state's unenviable next task was to choose among all the worthy options to meet the law's requirement to invest those proceeds in projects that further the goals of AB 32, the state's landmark clean energy law. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/22/5438341/brown-should-not-retreat-from.html#storylink=cpy Climate-change deniers have the science wrong. The climate-change deniers get it wrong again. In regard to some of the misguided letters you published from opponents of a carbon tax: David L. Kolstad simply assumes that a carbon tax hinders the economy. But renewable energies create more jobs per unit output than fossil energy. That is well documented. In response to Vance Frederick: A carbon tax won't be collected from renewable energy, thereby making it more competitive (renewable energy sources don't burn fossil fuels). Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_23293291/climate-change-deniers-have-science-wrong-letters-editor#ixzz2U2To8E8N BLOGS $500 million cap-and-trade loan to state hits wall of opposition. Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to shift $500 million in cap-and-trade fees levied on business for greenhouse emissions into the state budget ran into bipartisan opposition Tuesday. The two Democrats and one Republican on a Senate budget subcommittee denounced Brown's plan, which was included in a revision of his state budget last week. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/05/500-million-cap-and-trade-loan-to-state-hits-wall-of-opposition.html#storylink=cpy