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ARB Newsclips for June 26, 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 Climate chief welcomes federal emissions standards, is confident cap and trade will be preserved. California's top climate change official praised President Obama's announcement yesterday that he would direct U.S. EPA to regulate existing power plants' greenhouse gas emissions, saying the state's existing regulations should mesh with federal ones. Mary Nichols, who as head of the California Air Resources Board has pioneered an economywide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases in the United States…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983491/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Calif. seeks to prevent spike in cap-and-trade permit prices. California must plan ahead to ensure costs don't soar under its fledgling market that limits greenhouse gas pollution, analysts and businesses said yesterday. On the same day that President Obama called for federal action on climate, Golden State officials held an event focused on ways to protect California's cap-and-trade system from toxic developments. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983489/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Conflict of Interest Charges Roil Air Pollution Board. Last year, Santa Barbara’s air quality violated one of California’s benchmark standards only five times. In 1991, the number was closer to 100. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the agency responsible for overseeing Santa Barbara’s air quality — the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) — has been rocked in recent weeks by conflict of interest allegations. Posted. http://independent.com/news/2013/jun/26/conflict-interest-charges-roil-air-pollution-board/ Interior study finds U.S. can store 'enormous amount' of CO2. The United States has the geological potential to store between 2,400 and 3,700 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide in underground formations, the U.S. Geological Study said in an "unprecedented assessment" released this morning. Congress tasked the agency in 2007 with conducting a detailed review of underground carbon storage capabilities across all 36 U.S. basins. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059983520/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Obama Puts Legacy at Stake With Clean-Air Act. With no chance of Congressional support, President Obama is staking part of his legacy on a big risk: that he can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by stretching the intent of a law decades old and not written with climate change in mind. His plan, unveiled Tuesday at Georgetown University in Washington, will set off legal and political battles that will last years. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/science/earth/clean-air-act-reinterpreted-would-focus-on-flexibility-and-state-level-efforts.html?pagewanted=print Obama Outlines Ambitious Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases. President Obama, declaring that “Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction,” announced sweeping measures on Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare the nation for a future of rising temperatures. Embracing wholeheartedly an issue that could define his legacy but is sure to ignite new political battles with Republicans…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/politics/obama-plan-to-cut-greenhouse-gases.html?pagewanted=print http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-climate-change-20130626,0,6492640.story http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57591088/obamas-adaptability-on-climate-change-and-immigration/ http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2013/0625/Climate-change-Obama-announces-new-curbs-on-existing-power-plants-video http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983492/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Scientists underscore Obama's concerns about climate change and severe weather. Severe flooding in India and wildfires in Colorado provided a backdrop of recent examples of weather-related disaster yesterday, as scientists and policymakers discussed the science of severe weather events at the American Geophysical Union's annual science policy conference in Washington, D.C. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983464/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Green groups want EPA to act on carbon regs fast. The double-edged sword of climate change and the end of the president's term have environmentalists calling for the quickest course possible to cutting carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. During his speech yesterday at Georgetown University, President Obama made U.S. EPA carbon regulations his top priority in mitigating the effects of climate change in the United States. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983490/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Obama's Climate-change Plan Lags California's. The plan President Obama outlined Tuesday to fight global warming represents a major step forward for the federal government. But by California's standards, it's practically old hat. And the state's efforts to combat climate change remain more ambitious than Obama's plan, unveiled in a speech at Georgetown University. Posted. http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2013/6/26/obamas_climatechange_plan_lags_californias.htm DIESEL EMISSIONS EPA, CHP check diesel emissions. Intent on impressing the importance of minimizing gas emissions on heavy-duty truck drivers, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Highway Patrol jointly established a surprise inspection checkpoint Tuesday morning at Abbott Street in Salinas. “California has the worst air quality in the nation, so by making sure our rigs are in compliance with the state regulation laws…Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20130626/NEWS01/306260018/ http://m.thecalifornian.com/news/article?a=2013306260018&f=1063 FUELS Obama's climate plan takes aim at coal plants. America is slowly moving toward cleaner sources of energy and using less of it overall. President Barack Obama's plan to fight climate change will accelerate those trends. The plan aims to reduce power-plant emissions of carbon dioxide, increase America's reliance on natural gas and renewables and make trucks, homes and businesses more efficient. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/06/26/2780072/obamas-climate-plan-takes-aim.html#storylink=cpy How shale gas can slow global climate change. Shale gas has done much to reduce US emissions as the nation shifts from coal to natural gas, Holland writes, but the US is exporting record amounts of coal, essentially outsourcing part of the emissions that would otherwise have been produced here. Globalizing the shale revolution could change that. The United States has seen a remarkable run in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the last five years…Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0625/How-shale-gas-can-slow-global-climate-change Methane leaks from fracking may cancel out climate advantage for natural gas. It is still uncertain how much methane leaks into the atmosphere during the process of drilling natural gas, and some worry the environmental impact of leaks may be a bigger concern than potential water supply contamination during hydraulic fracturing. Supporters argue that natural gas has been a key element of U.S. carbon emissions reductions because it reduces dependence on coal-burning plants. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983461/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Methane studies need common measures -- White House science office. Uncertainty dogs research when it comes to methane leakage from oil and gas operations. Studies have pointed out leakage rates anywhere from 1.5 percent to 11 percent, a range wide enough to make all the difference between natural gas being beneficial or detrimental to the climate. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059983495/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Seeking relevance, alt fuels aim to 'play nice' to avoid infighting. Proponents of alternative fuels yesterday sought to downplay competition among their various factions, from propane autogas to electric vehicles. With 99 percent of new vehicles hitting the road in the United States still powered by conventional gasoline or diesel, speakers at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Washington, D.C., said that there is plenty of opportunity for unconventional fuels to edge into the market without stepping on each other's toes. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059983494/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Electric car industry reps cheered by market growth. The electric vehicle network is expanding in both technological advances and new markets, according to representatives from the auto industry and energy community. During a press call Tuesday, Nissan North America and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions highlighted rising sales for electric cars and 240-volt charging stations. “We’re on a roll,” said Brendan Jones, director of EV infrastructure strategy for Nissan. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-electric-car-growth-20130625,0,3879381,print.story Electric car: lease or buy? If you're considering driving an electric car, you may be wondering whether you should lease or buy the vehicle. Buying a car may make sense for drivers who will take their vehicle on extended trips every year, while leasing a car saves you the risk of permanently losing battery capacity. You're considering a plug-in electric car. Should you lease or buy? It's a question that all new-car shoppers face--but for electric cars, there are some special considerations. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2013/0625/Electric-car-lease-or-buy GREEN ENERGY Vestas Gains as Obama Vows Wind Energy Support: Copenhagen Mover. Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) jumped the most among Copenhagen’s benchmark stocks today after U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to boost investment in renewable energy. Vestas advanced as much as 5.7 percent, the biggest increase in the Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen 20 index, and traded at 76.45 kroner at 9:51 a.m. in the Danish capital with volume at 29 percent of the three-month daily average. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-26/vestas-gains-as-obama-vows-wind-energy-support-copenhagen-mover.html MISCELLANEOUS Ratepayer advocate asks utilities commission to cut San Onofre rates. The ratepayer advocacy arm of the California Public Utilities Commission called on the commission Tuesday to speed up its review of the costs of the outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant and to immediately cut hundreds of millions of dollars from rates. San Onofre was taken offline in January 2012 after a tube in one of the plant's newly replaced steam generators leaked a small amount of radioactive steam. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-onofre-ratepayers-20130625,0,4056552,print.story OPINIONS Bittersweet Achievement on Climate. PRESIDENT OBAMA’s announcement on Tuesday that he will use his executive authority to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and to finalize rules for plants that have yet to be built, is reason to celebrate — but also an occasion for mourning. The announcement reflects Congress’s refusal to pass serious laws to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/opinion/bittersweet-achievement-on-climate.html?_r=0 At Last, an Action Plan on Climate. President Obama has long believed, as have we, that the surest way to address the threats of climate change is to put a price on the carbon emissions that power plants, cars and other users of fossil fuels emit in great quantities, without cost to the polluters but at great cost to the planet. Congress has refused to enact such a program, so Mr. Obama has now stepped forward with measures he can pursue without Congressional consent. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/opinion/at-last-an-action-plan-on-climate.html Obama's global warming plan: Not enough but better than nothing. The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, June 25: With this week's heat wave, air quality warnings and severe weather forecasts as a backdrop, President Barack Obama could scarcely have picked a more auspicious moment to reveal his multi-pronged plan to address climate change. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/06/26/3361139/obamas-global-warming-plan-not.html BLOGS Porsche Electric Vehicle Prototype Goes Up in Flames. It has been a tough year for many in the electric vehicle industry, and the new technology just scored another negative headline. On Tuesday night in the German city of Ludwigsburg, a Porsche prototype with an alternative drive went up in flames due to a technical defect, causing extensive damages, the police said. That’s bad news for the whole industry. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/06/26/porsche-electric-vehicle-prototype-goes-up-in-flames/ 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/?_r=0&pagewanted=print California Official Welcomes Obama’s Climate Program. President Obama introduced his long-awaited plan to combat climate change in a speech today at Georgetown. He’s directing the EPA to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants, supporting more renewable energy development and expanding efficiency standards for appliances. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2013/06/25/obama-rolling-out-climate-action-plan/ Supreme Court will hear big clean-air case. It’s been a week of refreshing news for fans of unpolluted air. As Barack Obama on Tuesday was calling for greenhouse gas limits on power plants, clean air advocates were also celebrating a decision by the Supreme Court to hear an important case on power-plant pollution. The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was designed to cut down on life-threatening power-plant pollution that blows across state borders. Posted. http://grist.org/news/supreme-court-will-hear-big-clean-air-case/