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ARB Newsclips for June 11, 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 Economist disputes Obama admin's new, high calculation for carbon costs. A seemingly pedestrian Energy Department rule on microwaves caused a stir last week, using a higher number than before to assess the costs of climate change to society. Yesterday, one economist said the administration still isn't getting it right. Frank Ackerman, a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and a senior economist at …Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982629/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Despite a lot more people and cars, California's air is cleaner. The state's strict vehicle emissions standards have made a significant difference, a study finds. The amount of organic nitrates in Southern California's air chemistry has also changed for the better. Despite a threefold increase in people and cars in the last 50 years, California's strict vehicle emissions standards have managed to significantly clear the state's air, according to new research. The study also found that Southern California's air chemistry has changed for the better. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0610-smog-decreases-20130610,0,2037334.story Lawmakers say keep the fire rings. Lawmakers have backed an attempt to keep the bonfire pits on California’s beaches, approving a resolution extolling the virtues of beach life that includes hundreds of the he decades-old, cement fire rings. The measure by Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, a former surfer, was speedily passed in the Senate on Monday; it was approved earlier in the Assembly. His Assembly Concurrent Resolution 52 is a statement of the Legislature’s view but has no force in law. Posted. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?xid=11huj6a5gotdqhf&utm_source=feedly U.S. nears the top of 100 biggest U.S. emitters. Researchers have compiled a list of 100 U.S. companies that emit the most greenhouse gases, the top three of which are giant electricity producers. The fourth-largest emitter is the federal government. American Electric Power Co., Duke Energy Corp. and Southern Co., all of which use huge amounts of coal to generate energy for millions of American customers, are identified as the top three producers of carbon dioxide and other gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982615/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Big Apple may get baked as sizzling southern summers move north. Over the next 40 years, the number of sweltering summer days in New York City could double or even triple, making it as hot in 2050 as Birmingham, Alabama, is now. The sea level surrounding New York is also likely to rise by 2 feet (0.6 meter), jeopardizing lower-lying homes and businesses, according to a report commissioned by the city to be released on Tuesday. It is the first time New York City has updated its projections about the impact of climate change since Superstorm Sandy struck seven months ago. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/11/usa-newyork-heat-idUSL2N0EM1V620130611 Elite Flyers Pressure United Airlines On Climate Change. Some of United Airlines’ best customers say the carrier should stop lobbying against policies designed to cut carbon emissions from the industry. The complaints come just as an international group meets to set standards for airline pollution. Several of United’s elite frequent flyers say the airline isn’t doing enough to fight climate change. United sued to fight Europe’s law requiring airlines pay for carbon emissions. Posted. http://capradio.org/4743?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CapitalPublicRadioLatestNewsRSS+%28Capital+Public+Radio%3A+Latest+News+RSS%29 China gives manufacturing regions a break in carbon emissions reduction calculations – study. If China truly wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the government needs to concentrate policies on production-heavy central and western provinces, according to a new study that finds China is shifting rather than curbing its carbon footprint. The study, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that 4 gigatons, or 57 percent, of China's emissions comes from goods that are consumed outside of the province where they are produced, like steel or cement. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982630/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS U.S. oil and gas reserves up by a third, new report says. Reserves of oil and gas that can be developed using current technology are 35% greater in 2013 than in 2011, according to a new report by the Energy Information Administration, the research branch of the Energy Department. The rise in estimated domestic reserves to 223 billion barrels of oil equivalents, which include crude oil and gas, stems in large part from the inclusion of reserves found in shale formations. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-oil-gas-reserves-20130610,0,6316827,print.story Legislative Battle Over Fracking Not Over. The legislative battle over more stringent regulation of a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas in California is far from over. Lawmakers will discuss the issue once again this week. The deadline for all bills to pass their chamber of origin or die has already passed. But last-minute Assembly floor amendments on a bill that would expand public disclosure of fracking chemicals sent it back to committee. Posted. http://capradio.org/4712?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CapitalPublicRadioLatestNewsRSS+%28Capital+Public+Radio%3A+Latest+News+RSS%29 Californians Oppose Fracking, but Some Could Be Bribed with Cheap Fuel. Almost half of Calfornians are opposed to more fracking in the state, according to a poll released Friday, but some of those opposed say they could be bought off with cheaper fuel. According to the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll, 45 percent of Californians opposed an increase in fracking in the state -- until pollsters reminded them of the possibility that fracking might lower the cost of gasoline and natural gas. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/natural-gas/californians-oppose-fracking-but-some-could-be-bribed-with-cheap-fuel.html Oil sands waste leaks are among the major threats to Canada's largest river – study. Canada's Mackenzie River Basin faces severe threats from climate change and economic development, a problem with repercussions for global weather patterns and biodiversity, according to a new report from an international team of scientists. The panel of experts from the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, a California-based think tank, concluded that a potential massive breach of waste from tailings ponds in the Alberta oil sands region is the "largest single threat" to the Mackenzie, which is the largest north-flowing river in North America. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982627/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES States look to tax hybrids to recoup road funding. North Carolina is joining a growing number of states exploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren't paying in gas taxes on their fuel-efficient vehicles. The proposal strikes many owners of alternative-fuel vehicles and some advocacy groups as a wrong-headed approach to balancing priorities of promoting U.S. energy independence with sustainable infrastructure funding. Posted. http://hosted2.ap.org/NCGOL/NC/Article_2013-06-09-Hybrid%20Car%20Fees/id-4c9bcfaceeb64e9a9db5690e81472a2e Electric car charging expenses vary widely, still cheaper than gas. People who drive electric cars pay the equivalent of $1.51 per gallon of gas in fueling expense in California but only 83 cents in North Dakota, according to new federal government figures. The Energy Department data show the wide variability between states in the cost savings for charging electric vehicles. The national average is $1.14. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-electric-car-charging-cost-20130611,0,728918.story GREEN ENERGY Bill Would Require Half State's Power be Renewable. A bill introduced into the California Legislature by an Imperial County Assemblyman would require that all California utilities get 51 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2030. AB 177, introduced by V. Manuel Perez, would also require utilities to make energy conservation and efficiency their first priority. The bill is now being considered by the Assembly's Utilities and Commerce Committee. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/utilities/bill-would-require-half-states-power-be-renewable.html San Onofre closure puts Calif. in hunt for zero-carbon electricity sources. The permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California puts the carbon-conscious state in the hunt for replacement supplies of electricity that don't emit greenhouse gases. The facility, located in north San Diego County, produced 2,200 megawatts of zero-carbon power, enough to juice 1.4 million Southern California homes. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059982631/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Battery maker Exide Technologies files for bankruptcy protection. In its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Exide cites the forced suspension of operations at its Vernon lead-recycling plant and other economic factors. Battery maker Exide Technologies filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, citing the forced suspension of operations at its Vernon lead-recycling plant and other economic factors. Exide, one of the world's largest makers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, said in court papers that since the plant's April 24 closure by state regulators…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0611-exide-bankruptcy-20130611,0,7337767.story California car repair costs among highest in nation, analysis finds. California remains one of the nation's three most expensive states for car repairs, according to a new analysis by CarMD. The finding is based on what it costs, on average, when a driver's "check engine" warning light appears. CarMD’s state-by-state ranking of repair costs was based on detailed analysis of 161,350 repairs on model year 1996 to 2012 vehicles last year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-california-expensive-car-repairs-20130611,0,7896461.story OPINIONS Letters: Paying for San Onofre. Re "Edison should pay for its own mistakes at San Onofre," Column, June 8. As Michael Hiltzik says, the financial debacle perpetrated by Southern California Edison should not fall on ratepayers' shoulders. It is understandable that "acts of God" are not the fault of a utility, but the mess with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is man-made, the result of gross incompetence. Who should pay for this? Edison shareholders? The contractors who botched the job? Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0611-tuesday-san-onofre-20130611,0,6377636,print.story Projects funded by cap and trade are ready to cut emissions. Re "State should use carbon funds to cut emissions" (Editorials, June 7): We applaud the editorial board for urging the Legislature and the governor to invest cap-and-trade dollars in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions this year. The voters have consistently shown support for AB 32, and the governor has made the fight against global warming a priority. However, his recent action in the budget suggests that climate change may not be his priority this year. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/11/5486353/cap-and-trade-revenue.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS The IEA thinks we can still avoid 2°C of global warming. Here’s how. For anyone who’s in favor of preventing the planet from heating up, there’s bad news and good news in the latest big report from the International Energy Agency. The somber stuff first: Global carbon-dioxide emissions from energy reached a record high in 2012, after rising 1.4 percent over the past year. The U.S. and Europe did reduce their emissions, but those gains were swamped by growth in China and India. If the current emissions pace continues…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/10/the-iea-thinks-we-can-still-avoid-2c-of-global-warming-heres-how/ Climate change causing Pentagon planning shift, says DOD strategist. One of the Pentagon’s top strategists said climate change is fundamentally altering how the Defense Department (DOD) evaluates future conflict areas. Daniel Chiu, the deputy assistant secretary of DOD strategy, said climate change has the Pentagon thinking about impacts on global food and water scarcity, mass migration and the potential for those issues to ignite clashes around the world. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/304151-climate-change-causing-pentagon-planning-shift-says-dod-strategist#ixzz2VvlYDyy5