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ARB Newsclips for June 5, 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 Dim GOP enthusiasm for cap-and-trade bill in 2009 even dimmer now. First in a two-part series on lessons learned from the 2009 "American Clean Energy and Security Act." The carbon dioxide cap-and-trade bill that passed the House in June 2009 did so with scant Republican support -- but if it came to the floor today, the GOP tally might be zero. The five GOP supporters of the measure by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) who are still roaming the halls of the Capitol…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/eedaily/stories/1059982203 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Los Angeles air pollution drops after tailpipe laws. Los Angeles air pollution - and its infamous eye sting - have declined due to California's strict vehicle emission controls, scientists have said. Despite a three-fold rise in the number of vehicles on southern California roads since 1960, air pollution there has decreased, a study found. That includes peroxyacetyl nitrate, known to irritate the eyes, the US government study found. The study "confirms" vehicle regulations worked, its author said. Posted. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22772933 http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/transportation/tailpipe-emissions-changes-make-las-air-better.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jun/04/study-los-angeles-smog-pollution-on-the-decline/ CLIMATE CHANGE Mine-dependent Mongolia to push renewables as climate change bites –president. Mongolia, which is banking on a mining-led investment boom to develop its economy, is aiming to turn itself into a regional renewable energy hub as it tries to fight off the pressures of global warming, the country's president said. "Mongolia is regarded as one of the centres of this region for wind power. We have high mountains and the Gobi. We have great potential to generate power," President Tsakhia Elbegdorj told reporters. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/05/mongolia-mining-idUSL5N0EH11720130605 Shell CEO Calls for Europe Carbon Reduction Target Extension. Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser said Europe needs to extend its targets for curbing greenhouse gases and promoting renewable energy by a decade through 2030. “To actually change things you need time and we are a little bit concerned if you have a short-term target,” Voser told reporters today in London. “We favor one target, which sets action with greenhouse gas.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-05/shell-s-voser-calls-for-european-renewable-target-extension.html UCR: British researcher says humans changing oceans. Andy Ridgwell, a professor of Earth system modeling in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, will give a free public talk at UC Riverside on Wednesday, June 5. The hour-long talk — “The geological record of ocean acidification” — will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 205/206, Winston Chung Hall. “Ocean acidification has emerged as one of the top concerns on the long list of human impacts on climate and the environment…Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20130604-ucr-british-researcher-says-humans-changing-oceans.ece Democrats change climate message to focus on disaster costs. Freshman Rep. Scott Peters was involved locally in California's ambitious climate efforts before arriving in Congress this year. Now he's willing to set climbing temperatures aside so he can make a case to Republicans and Democrats for increased disaster funding, whatever's causing the catastrophes. The San Diego Democrat believes there are a few patches of common ground in the hyperpartisan House around the impacts of climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982302/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY When it comes to clean technology, the West Coast leads – report. While Congress and the White House remain mostly gridlocked over the best path toward long-term energy security and sustainability, states and metropolitan areas are adopting policies to reduce their residents' dependence on fossil fuels. They are trying to foster an energy economy built around new technology, innovation and efficiency. That's the finding of the latest "U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index," an annual assessment of how states and cities are responding to the country's most pressing energy challenges…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982270/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CO2 emissions cost more than predicted 3 years ago -- White House. Each ton of carbon dioxide released into the Earth's atmosphere carries a heavier cost to the economy, human health and the environment than previously thought, according to an assessment released yesterday by the Office of Management and Budget. The analysis by 12 agencies, including U.S. EPA and the Department of Energy, takes a second look at the federal government's 2010 attempt to estimate the social cost of carbon dioxide, a number that is used when calculating the costs and benefits of carbon dioxide regulations. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059982336/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Nevada Votes To Close Coal Plant. The Nevada Assembly voted Monday night to order the shut down of a coal-fired power plant northeast of Las Vegas that supplies the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) with electrical power. The Reid Gardner Generating Station near the Moapa Paiute reservation has long been criticized for its contribution to southwestern air pollution. The Nevada Assembly voted 53-10 to approve SB 123, which would direct NV Energy to shutter the 557-megawatt Reid Gardner plant completely by 2017, with three of the plant's four units closing next year. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/coal/nevada-votes-to-close-coal-plant.html Insight: Clouds gather over Mexico's proclamation of new oil dawn. The vast Ku Maloob Zaap oil field is the jewel in the crown of Mexico's oil industry, pumping one in every three barrels of crude the country produces, at some of the lowest costs in the world. But behind the luster, state oil monopoly Pemex quietly expects a gloomier future for the aging field, leaving a big gap in supply and casting serious doubt on its public proclamations of a new era of oil growth. In the main control center on the KU-S platform…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/05/us-mexico-oil-insight-idUSBRE9540ZB20130605 VEHICLES Indonesia approves cheap, green car tax incentives. Indonesia said on Wednesday it has approved tax exemption for the production of low-cost, low-emission cars, a long-awaited move that should be a significant boost for Toyota Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd joint ventures in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Both Japanese producers have local tie-ups with Astra International Tbk PT, which dominates Indonesia's fast-growing auto market, and already have production facilities in place for so-called low-cost, green cars, or LCGC. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USL3N0EH2CK20130605 Rush to lightweight cars boosts adhesive makers. From Pritt stick in school bags to Audi sports cars, adhesives have come a long way since natural gums and resins, and new high-tech variations are currently top of the list for carmakers as they seek ways to make cars lighter and tougher. For auto suppliers like Henkel (HNKG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and PPG (PPG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) providing tailor-made adhesives that can absorb the shock of a crash and reduce rattles allows them to push for higher prices - and make more profits. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/05/us-automotive-glue-idUSBRE9540JT20130605 Toyota recalls 242,000 Prius, Lexus hybrids for brake problems. Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has issued a voluntary recall of about 242,000 of its popular Prius hybrid sedan because of brake pressure parts that could crack and slow down stopping times. The recall includes a small number of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid vehicle. About 91,000 of the cars involved in the recall were sold in North America. The recall involves model year 2010 cars. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-toyota-recalls-prius-hybrid-20130605,0,7143446.story New York And Maine Delay Implementation Of New Catalytic Converter Standards. AAIA received a letter on May 21 from Jared Snyder, assistant commissioner for the Office of Air Resources, Climate Change & Energy in the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), announcing that the agency will delay enforcement of the June 1 implementation of six NYCCR Part 218-7.2 (c), adopted standards for new aftermarket catalytic converters. Posted. http://www.aftermarketnews.com/Item/114366/new_york_and_maine_delay_implementation_of_new_catalytic_converter_standards.aspx GREEN ENERGY Oil-rich Kazakhstan kickstarts 'green revolution' for energy. Oil-rich Kazakhstan will spend 1 percent of annual output every year until 2050 to increase power generation from greener sources, a senior official said, cutting its dependence on coal far faster than some of the world's big polluters. The Central Asian country, the world's ninth largest by area but populated by just 17 million people, holds about 3 percent of the global recoverable oil reserves. However, its fast, oil-propelled growth hinges on high oil prices. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/05/us-kazakhstan-energy-idUSBRE9540VM20130605 Power companies want help on prices to keep clients in Europe. Europe's squeezed utility firms say they cannot cut prices to stop their big industrial clients moving to the United States, where fuel costs around a quarter as much. Losing the business of heavy energy users, such as chemical giants, cement and steel makers, could force the power companies to put up prices for households, hurting consumer budgets and making it harder for Europe to spend its way out of recession. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/05/utilities-cost-idUSL5N0EE04K20130605 Close to Its Home, Walgreen Tests Energy-Saving Ideas. As the Walgreen Company expands its sales items to fresh salads, Redbox DVD rentals and digital photo scanners, among other products, its consumption of power keeps inching up. While the company cannot significantly reduce its electricity use in all stores immediately, it is building an experimental “net zero energy store” just north of Chicago that it hopes will produce more energy than it consumes. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/realestate/commercial/walgreen-builds-a-zero-net-energy-store.html?pagewanted=all Ways to make your rental more 'green'. The "go-green" movement isn’t new to everyone, but the real financial and other positive impacts that simple changes can make is still not common knowledge to many property owners and managers. We all know the conventional steps: turning off the lights, shutting off the faucet in between uses and so forth. But most people don’t realize that there are many other easy ways to cut the excess and maximize savings. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/04/rental-green-energy-costs-cut-reduce-electricity/ UC Merced Connect: Campus' green efforts recognized. UC Merced earned a silver rating under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System initiative of the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education. That program tracks the sustainability efforts of campuses across North America. The STARS self-assessment program is the result of an effort to develop a standardized instrument to measure progress toward sustainability goals. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/06/04/2746079/uc-merced-connect-campus-green.html#storylink=cpy EU Solar Duty May Spur Short-Term Imports as Deal Sought. Tariffs imposed by the European Union on Chinese solar panels are lower than expected and may drive up imports for the next two months while officials pursue a trade agreement, renewable-energy developers said. The European Commission yesterday announced provisional anti-dumping duties of 11.8 percent on photovoltaic products from more than 100 Chinese manufacturers, an initial rate that may increase more than fivefold in August. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-04/eu-solar-duty-may-spur-short-term-imports-as-deal-sought.html Can renewable energy standards be changed to protect against all-encompassing blackouts? State renewable standards could be tools for keeping the power on at critical facilities like hospitals during extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy, according to a new report. Because 29 states have such standards in place, and there is a precedent for adding adjustments to them, they are an obvious potential choice to establish new mechanisms for improving the nation's outdated infrastructure and vulnerability to blackouts…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982301/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 2012 saw strong solar growth as utilities became major players – report. Reinforcing earlier data on solar energy's promising growth, an upcoming report from the nonprofit Interstate Renewable Energy Council shows that 2012 saw an 80 percent increase in U.S. solar installation capacity over the previous year, and solar accounted for about 12 percent of total new capacity. "Between wind and solar together, about half of the new electric capacity in the United States is renewable generation,"…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982283/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Vernon battery recycler Exide seeks a second chance with toxic regulators (Timeline). A battery recycling plant shut down in April by state regulators wants to reopen. Exide Technologies in Vernon suspended operations by order of the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The agency was concerned about arsenic and lead leaking into the air, water and soil around Exide's plant. At a hearing that begins Monday, Exide will make its case as to why it thinks the department's decision was wrong. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/06/03/37535/vernon-battery-recycler-exide-seeks-a-second-chanc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+%28KPCC%3A+News%29 NOAA names new head of Climate Program Office. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yesterday announced that it had appointed Wayne Higgins as head of the agency's Climate Program Office. Higgins, who will take over the position July 28, said he was looking forward to making the office more effective at addressing what NOAA calls the "societal challenge projects" of climate impacts to water, coasts, marine ecosystems and weather extremes. Higgins hopes to connect the Climate Program Office's activities more closely with the stakeholders that use its research and data. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982285/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS An obscure new rule on microwaves can tell us a lot about Obama’s climate policies. What does zapping a frozen burrito in the microwave have to do with tackling climate change? Quite a bit, it turns out. Last week, the Department of Energy announced a little-noticed update to its energy-efficiency standards for microwave ovens. And there was a surprise buried in the fine print: The agency is now using a significantly higher figure for the “social cost of carbon” in calculating the benefits of the rule. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/05/what-an-obscure-microwave-rule-says-about-obamas-climate-plans/