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ARB Newsclips for June 25, 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 U.S. justices to hear EPA appeal over air pollution rule. In a win for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the legality of a controversial Obama administration effort to regulate air pollution that crosses state lines. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/24/us-usa-court-pollution-idUSBRE95N0OX20130624 Air Pollution May Have Suppressed Storms, Research Suggests. To the ever-growing list of ways humanity seems to have altered the earth, add another candidate: Air pollution may have had a major soothing influence on storm cycles in the North Atlantic. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/science/earth/air-pollution-may-have-suppressed-storms-research-suggests.html?_r=0 ARB fines Thermo King Corporation $213,200 for violating air pollution laws. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced today that it has fined Thermo King Corporation $213,200 for violating air pollution regulations. The Minneapolis-based firm was penalized for continuing to sell diesel particulate filters after an ARB approved conditional verification had expired. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/arb-fines-thermo-king-corporation-213-200-for-violating-air-pollution-laws?cid=rss CLIMATE CHANGE Obama aims to tackle pollution, climate change. President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming. In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take action before it's too late. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-25-14-55-44 http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/obama-emissions-plan-seeks-to-revive-climate-initiative.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/ap-sources-obama-to-limit-carbon-at-power-plants-expand-renewable-energy-on-public-sites/2013/06/24/5e486ec4-dd32-11e2-a484-7b7f79cd66a1_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/politics/obama-plan-to-cut-greenhouse-gases.html?pagewanted=all http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/AP-sources-Obama-to-limit-carbon-at-power-plants-4619081.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/24/ap-sources-obama-to-expand-renewable-energy/ http://www.insidebayarea.com/politics-government/ci_23532865/obama-announces-sweeping-new-global-warming-plan?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/politics-government/ci_23532865/obama-announces-sweeping-new-global-warming-plan?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/06/24/3358610/obama-to-announce-new-rules-aimed.html http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983415/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Obama May Establish Green Investment Bank, Climate Lobby Says. Anthony Hobley, president of the Climate Markets & Investors Association and head of climate change at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in London, comments on President Barack Obama’s plan to protect the climate, which is to be announced today. Hobley commented in an e-mailed statement. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/obama-may-establish-green-investment-bank-climate-lobby-says.html Ice mass the size of Greenland overlooked in climate models. Far more of Earth’s water was locked up as ice at the height of the last ice age than previously thought, and current climate change models may need to be adjusted to account for it, according to a new study. The research is the latest salvo from geophysicists who are reexamining assumptions made about Earth’s crust by climatologists calculating ancient sea levels. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-melt-20130624,0,549662,print.story Climate change: Why does President Obama's plan skirt Congress? With Republicans implacably opposed – and some Democrats still wary of fallout at the polls – there's little prospect of getting climate change reform through Capitol Hill. When President Obama lays out his agenda to fight climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, there won’t be a grand push for sweeping climate legislation. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2013/0625/Climate-change-Why-does-President-Obama-s-plan-skirt-Congress Environmentalists hope carbon rules on power plants will be achieved in Obama's last term. Environmental groups are hoping a presidential push for carbon regulations could set a clear timeline for a process mired in missed deadlines, political opposition and bureaucracy. Most importantly, they want President Obama to prioritize his resources to tackle the largest sources of emissions -- the fleet of aging electric power plants across the country -- before his term is up. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2013/06/25/stories/1059983414 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Truck regulation enforcement may doom some. The Air Resources Board is stepping up enforcement of its diesel truck regulations, and some feel that small Mexican companies won’t survive the change. More than 100 people attended an informational session on the issue in Calexico on Thursday. The regulations are to ensure that only vehicles in compliance with state anti-pollution laws travel into the state. Posted. http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/ivp-truck-regulation-enforcement-may-doom-some-20130622,0,4716288.story#sthash.VHiPONDr.dpuf Purchase order deadlines for TRU compliance near. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recommends that transport refrigeration unit (TRU or reefer) owners take action to plan and order compliance options to ensure TRU model year 2006 engines (or units manufactured in 2006) comply with in-use performance standards by the end of 2013. All model year 2005 and older TRU engines (or units manufactured in 2005 or earlier) should be in compliance now. Posted. http://refrigeratedtrans.com/2010-emissions/purchase_order_deadlines_for_tru_compliance_near_0624/ FUELS Ethanol Fluctuates Against Gasoline on Signs of Increased Demand. Ethanol fluctuated against gasoline on speculation demand for the biofuel will climb while stockpiles are at seasonal record lows. The spread, or price difference, widened 0.13 cent to 29.79 cents a gallon at 11:13 a.m. New York time as the four-week average of gasoline demand has increased 6 percent from this year’s low in January, data from the Energy Information Administration show. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/ethanol-fluctuates-against-gasoline-on-signs-of-increased-demand.html VEHICLES VW Passat diesel gets Guinness trophy for 78 mpg. It's not an official government rating, but it's pretty impressive nonetheless: 78 miles per gallon in a Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel. It was anointed a Guinness World Record, so it's more than your neighbor bragging about his eco-abilities. The team of auto blogger Wayne Gerdes and electronics engineer Bob Winger ran up 8,122 miles, using 104.94 gallons of fuel…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/06/24/volkswagen-passat-tdi-diesel-guiness-record-78-mpg/2453305/ A Fully-Charged Electric Car In 93 Seconds? If this works out in the real world, say goodbye to electric car "range anxiety." At an event in Southern California last week, Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk demonstrated a way his company's Model S electric cars can be "recharged" in less than half the time it takes to fill a 25-gallon gas tank. We say "recharged" in scare quotes because the process doesn't involve pumping power into the car's battery so much as swapping out the drained battery for a fully charged one. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/transportation/a-fully-charged-electric-car-in-93-seconds.html Nissan offers battery replacement plan for Leaf electric car. Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has announced a $100-a-month battery replacement plan for U.S. owners of its electric Nissan Leaf. The plan calls for participants to get a new or upgraded battery once their current battery capacity falls below 70 percent of initial output. Posted. http://www.ydr.com/business/ci_23526424/nissan-offers-battery-replacement-plan-leaf-electric-car GREEN ENERGY Solar Boat Harnessed for Research. Last year, after it became the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe, the Turanor Planetsolar could have taken its 5,500 square feet of photovoltaic cells and eight tons of lithium-ion batteries and sailed off into the sunset. Instead it is becoming a scientific research ship, at least for the summer. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/science/solar-boat-harnessed-for-research.html BARSTOW: Calico solar plans withdrawn. The developer of a controversial plan to cover as much of six square miles of public land with solar panels east of Barstow has abandoned the endeavor, citing changed market conditions. It is the second massive solar project dropped in the past six months in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130624-barstow-calico-solar-plans-withdrawn.ece BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GE agrees to help China's solar industry expand and meet quality standards. U.S. power systems giant General Electric Co. will lend its power conversion expertise to Chinese solar manufacturers under a memorandum of understanding announced yesterday. The agreement among GE, its Chinese partner Yingda International Leasing Co. and Chinese engineering firm Sinoma International Engineering Co. calls for the firms to "share resources and cooperate closely to develop the solar energy business in China and abroad." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983388/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY San Onofre closure generates mixed feelings. There's relief, sadness, hope and lingering concerns among the San Clemente neighbors of the nuclear power plant. The picturesque beach city of San Clemente has hummed along for decades just up the highway from the ominous concrete domes of the San Onofre nuclear plant. To residents, there were always reminders of their neighbor's presence…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-adv-nuclear-neighbors-20130624-1,0,1477562,print.story OPINIONS Letters: Denying the climate-change deniers. Re "Time to act on climate change," Editorial, June 20. Thank you for your editorial on the need to take action on climate change. With 97% of climate scientists agreeing we have a problem, it is refreshing to see the conversation shift from "is it happening?" to "what can we do?" Anyone not on this bandwagon will drag us all down, so let's go full out focusing on action. In this conversation, there is no space for deniers. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0623-sunday-climate-change-20130623,0,7374417,print.story Obama and Congress must fight climate change like they do terrorism. President Obama is expected to announce steps to limit greenhouse gases today. That's fine, but they are half measures without the help of Congress. Both must take this issue as seriously as they do terrorism. Climate change, too, has killed people and the financial damage is real. For a man with his hands tied, President Obama is offering a decent enough plan to fight climate change. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/0625/Obama-and-Congress-must-fight-climate-change-like-they-do-terrorism Obama climate plan: bold, but will China go along? President Obama's climate plan aims to address climate change with an eye toward global partnerships. Without cooperation from China and the developing world, international climate treaties have fallen short – a shortcoming Obama hopes to remedy with his climate plan. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0625/Obama-climate-plan-bold-but-will-China-go-along Lomborg: Obama should confront climate change fantasies. President's speech promoted policies both brilliant and useless. Here's why. President Obama on Tuesday outlined his new climate policies. It had both brilliant and useless ideas for tackling this real problem. The confusion stems from Obama's unwillingness to confront three climate fantasies: Renewables are a major part of the solution today. No, they are almost trivial. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/06/25/obama-climate-change-georgetown-column/2455723/ BLOGS Obama’s Ambitious Global Warming Action Plan. In advance of President Obama’s speech Tuesday afternoon laying out his three-pronged plan to cut releases of greenhouse gases and the impacts of global warming, White House officials circulated detailed fact sheets and discussed the plans with journalists, including me, last night. They laid out an impressive array of steps, most of which have long been in the pipeline or anticipated and which can be carried out without congressional approval. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/obamas-global-warming-action-plan/ Obama comes out swinging on climate change. President Barack Obama, in his first speech on climate change since his State of the Union address, proposed a broad strategy for reducing atmospheric pollution, including limiting the amounts of greenhouse gasses power plants are allowed to emit, boosting the amount of renewable energy the federal government uses and ending public financing of coal-fired power plants in developing countries. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2013/06/obama-comes-out-swinging-on-climate.html CLIMATE CHANGE: Obama to address plan to limit emissions. President Obama is expected to announce plans today, June 25, for sweeping limits on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. Obama’s climate initiative also calls for increased energy efficiency and promotion of renewable fuels, according to sources cited by Bloomberg news. Posted. http://blog.pe.com/2013/06/25/climate-change-obama-to-address-plan-to-limit-emissions/ Obama Emissions Plan Seeks to Revive Climate Initiative. President Barack Obama will attempt a revival of U.S. efforts to tackle climate change today by announcing a sweeping plan that would impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from all U.S. power plants. The mandatory reductions by operators of power plants, the biggest single source of carbon-dioxide emissions in the U.S., are the centerpiece of Obama’s initiative…Posted. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/25/poll-americans-not-all-that-concerned-about-climate-change/comment-page-1/ Obama unveiling plan to cut carbon pollution; Colorado efforts already underway. President Barack Obama today will announce a sweeping plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, following similar moves in Colorado. "Cutting carbon pollution will help keep our air and water clean and protect our kids," according to a fact sheet on the plan issued earlier today by the White House. "Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/earth_to_power/2013/06/obama-to-announce-plan-to-cut-carbon.html Helping the Economic Climate. President Barak Obama is expected to unveil his administration's new strategy on climate change today. The strategy will target three major challenges: (1) how to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S., mostly from power plants; (2) how to protect the U.S. from damage due to climate change; and (3) how to work with other countries to negotiate a global plan for climate protection. Posted. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/06/25/obamas-new-climate-change-plan-will-help-the-economy Supreme Court Won't Reverse EPA E15 Ethanol Rules. The U.S. Supreme Court has been slow to rule on many of the biggest cases on this year's docket. Maybe that's because some of the justices are prone to procrastination, or maybe, like seasoned TV scriptwriters, they're just playing America like a violin, getting us all worked up for a rousing finale. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085018_supreme-court-wont-reverse-epa-e15-ethanol-rules Justices take up air pollution rules. The Supreme Court will review a lower court decision that nullified Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at cutting soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines. Monday’s announcement provides new hope for the EPA and green groups that suffered a big defeat in 2012 when an appeals court nixed the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a pillar of the Obama administration’s air pollution agenda. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/307321-supreme-court-agrees-to-review-nullified-epa-air-pollution-rule