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ARB Newsclips for July 3, 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 UPDATE 3-Carbon wins lifeline after tight EU parliament vote. The European Parliament after months of bitter debate backed a plan on Wednesday to boost carbon prices, throwing a lifeline to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and the bloc's push for greener energy. EU politicians in Strasbourg voted 344-311 in favour of temporarily removing up to 900 million permits from trade…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/03/eu-carbon-market-idUSL5N0F91UA20130703 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/business/global/european-parliament-acts-to-support-emissions-trading-system.html?_r=0 EU lawmakers back plan to fix ailing carbon market. The European Parliament on Wednesday backed a rescue plan for the world’s biggest cap-and-trade system for emissions of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent greenhouse gas from human activities. In a 344-311 vote, European lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, approved a proposal to delay an auction of allowances in the EU’s emissions trading scheme. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/eu-lawmakers-back-plan-to-fix-ailing-carbon-market/2013/07/03/288aaed4-e3e3-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/03/eu-lawmakers-back-cap-and-trade-fix/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/03/3372194/eu-lawmakers-back-cap-and-trade.html AIR POLLUTION Newport Beach shifts tactics in fire pit ban fight. Newport Beach has withdrawn an application to state regulators to remove five dozen fire rings from the city's beaches, but the bonfire battle isn't over. City Manager Dave Kiff sent a letter to the California Coastal Commission on Tuesday withdrawing the application that sparked a heated debate between residents with environmental concerns and others seeking to maintain a beach tradition. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/02/newport-beach-shifts-tactics-in-fire-pit-ban-fight/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/02/3371799/newport-beach-shifts-tactics-in.html Valley air officials urge firework restraint. For many, one of the highlights of Independence Day is the fireworks show at the end of the night. However, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District officials remind Valley residents that fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat. According to air officials, fireworks release large qualities of PM, such as soot, ash and metals. Posted. http://thebusinessjournal.com/news/energy-and-environment/6748-valley-air-officials-urge-firework-restraint http://www.ksby.com/news/local-agency-warns-that-air-pollution-can-diminish-due-to-fireworks/#_ CLIMATE CHANGE World suffered unprecedented climate extremes in past decade: WMO. The world suffered unprecedented climate extremes in the decade to 2010, from heatwaves in Europe and droughts in Australia to floods in Pakistan, against a backdrop of global warming, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. Every year of the decade except 2008 was among the 10 warmest since records began in the 1850s…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/03/us-climate-extremes-idUSBRE9620HF20130703 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-03/un-charts-unprecedented-global-warming-since-2000.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-says-1st-decade-shows-accelerated-warming-with-more-climate-extremes/2013/07/03/71a5a46e-e3d6-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/03/3372104/un-says-1st-decade-shows-accelerated.html Blasting heat forecast for U.S. Western states. Residents of western U.S. states awoke on Monday to more scorching heat that was expected to break record highs and grip the region through the early part of the holiday week, meteorologists said. Temperatures were likely to hit well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Centigrade) in Fresno, California, Phoenix and to the north in Boise…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/01/us-usa-weather-heat-idUSBRE95S0AS20130701 Obama Seeks New U.S. Role in Climate Debate. When President Obama barged into a meeting of leaders from Brazil, China, India and other countries at a climate conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, he managed to extract a last-minute agreement to set a goal to limit the rise in global temperatures. It was the high-water mark of Mr. Obama’s leadership on climate change — even if the deal was less than the Americans or Europeans wanted — but it has been downhill ever since. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/us/politics/obama-seeks-to-reassert-us-role-in-climate-debate.html?pagewanted=all Experts See New Normal as a Hotter, Drier West Faces More Huge Fires. One of the deadliest wildfires in a generation vastly expanded Monday to cover more than 8,000 acres, sweeping up sharp slopes through dry scrub and gnarled piñon pines a day after fickle winds and flames killed 19 firefighters. The gusty monsoon winds where the Colorado Plateau begins to drop off into the Sonoran Desert…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/us/experts-see-a-hotter-drier-west-with-more-huge-fires.html?_r=1&&pagewanted=print Ocean satellite dies after 11 1/2-year mission. Jason-1, a satellite that for more than a decade precisely tracked rising sea levels across a vast sweep of ocean and helped forecasters make better weather and climate predictions, has ended its useful life after circling the globe more than 53,500 times, NASA announced Wednesday. The joint U.S. and French satellite was decommissioned this week after its last remaining transmitter failed, according to a NASA statement. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/03/3372411/ocean-satellite-dies-after-11.html#storylink=cpy Spike in greenhouse gas emissions to come from Amazon's dams? Current and future plans to expand hydroelectric power in the Brazilian Amazon are contributing to a sharp rise in carbon emissions from the nation with the third-most greenhouse emissions, scientists claim. The Amazonian dam, Tucuru, produces more greenhouse gases than Brazil's largest city, São Paulo…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983822/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Obama Revamps $8 Billion Coal Program Amid Objections. Under fire from coal producers and lawmakers from coal-producing states, the Obama administration is revamping an $8 billion federal loan-guarantee program to help companies reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The plan announced yesterday is part of a broader strategy for dealing with the risks of climate change that President Barack Obama unveiled last week. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-03/obama-revamps-8-billion-coal-program-amid-objections.html Oil passes $101 on supply drop in US, worries that Egypt crisis may threaten supplies. The price of oil rose above $102 a barrel for the first time in 14 months on concerns about Middle East supplies and signs of an increase in U.S. demand for fuel. Around midday Wednesday, U.S. benchmark oil was up $1.63 to $101.23. It rose to $102.18 a barrel earlier, a high since May of last year. Oil has not closed above $100 since May 3, 2012. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/oil-rises-near-100-a-barrel-as-egypt-protests-continue-traders-eye-increase-in-us-demand/2013/07/02/597f0dd4-e382-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html A monstrous market in the making takes 'all of the above' approach to supply. Rebecca Liebert doesn't worry much about China. It doesn't concern her, for instance, that China makes a relatively small contribution to her business's global portfolio today. UOP, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Honeywell International Inc., sells technology used in various parts of the natural-gas value chain. China has explicitly stated its intention to use more gas. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059983843/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla Motors White House petition passes 100K signatures — a small win for electric cars? A White House petition to make it legal for Tesla Motors to sell its revolutionary cars directly to consumers surpassed its goal of 100,000 signatures today — meaning it’ll get an official response from the Obama administration. Many people may not know it, but Tesla is barred from selling its vehicles in many states, which require businesses to obtain a “dealership license” before being able to sell cars en mass to people. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/03/idUS132668746820130703 UPDATE 1-Toyota to recall 185,000 cars globally, including Yaris. The world's best-selling carmaker, Toyota Motor Corp, said it was recalling around 185,000 vehicles globally, including the Yaris compact, owing to a glitch in the electric power steering system that could make the steering heavier. Models of the Yaris, known in Japan as the Vitz, that were made between November 2010 and March 2012, have been recalled. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/03/toyota-recall-idUSL3N0F91AT20130703 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Rail authority: State's bullet trains to reduce future greenhouse gases. Operations of California's high-speed rail system between 2022 and 2050 could remove between 27.1 million and 44.9 million tons of greenhouse gases by shifting travelers from automobiles and airplanes to electric-powered high-speed trains. The greenhouse-gas estimates were included in a report this week from the rail agency to the state Legislature Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/02/3371300/rail-authority-states-bullet-trains.html#storylink=cpy Calif. says line will start reducing GHG emissions in 2022. California's planned statewide high-speed rail system will displace the carbon emissions of 31,000 vehicles in its first year of operation, state officials said today. The $68.4 billion rail line, slated to begin construction later this summer, will eventually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 44.9 million tons by 2050, when it stretches from Sacramento to San Diego. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/stories/1059983828/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Solar Groups Seek Tea-Party Support. Renewable-Energy Firms Seek Conservative Backing as Utilities Seek to Trim Price They Pay Homeowners. As the solar-power industry skirmishes with utilities over the growth of the home solar-panel business, it is enlisting a new political ally: tea-party activists and conservative groups. Renewable-energy firms have traditionally sought help from the political left by touting the environmental benefits of greener power. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323689204578573720128231396.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5 Japan Sets Up Clean Energy Fund to Revitalize Regional Economies. Japan’s Ministry of the Environment set up a fund to invest in clean energy projects to support regional companies and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The ministry has set aside 1.4 billion yen ($14 million) for the fund for fiscal 2013, said Kazuhiro Okuma, an official in charge of the fund. The fund will invest in projects with private investors for as much as a half of equity. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-07-02/japan-sets-up-clean-energy-fund-to-revitalize-regional-economies.html Conservation, cooler temps help California power grid. A second day of conservation efforts and slightly lower temperatures helped the California power grid avoid potential problems on Tuesday as a widespread heat wave across the West begins to moderate. The region's power supply also improved Tuesday afternoon as PG&E Corp's 1,122-MW Diablo Canyon 1 nuclear reactor reconnected to the grid and began to increase output, the utility said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/03/us-utilities-california-heatwave-idUSBRE96013620130703 Arlington house makes a green statement. Construction is underway in what developers call the first super-energy-efficient single-family home of its kind in Arlington, a four-bedroom, four-bathroom, more than 3,000-square-foot silver-level LEED structure. The house, at 5734 Eighth St. N., is being built with U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification in mind. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/arlington-house-makes-a-green-statement/2013/07/03/2049e834-dd12-11e2-85de-c03ca84cb4ef_story.html State puts Soitec solar projects on fast track. California is streamlining government approvals for two prospective solar farms in East County, giving a boost to the French semiconductor company Soitec as it expands solar manufacturing at a factory in San Diego's Rancho Bernardo neighborhood. Aided by a $25 million grant from the Department of Energy, Soitec outfitted its local factory and ramped up production in earnest this year to supply an initial slate of utility-scale projects. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/03/soitec-solar-fast-track/ MISCELLANEOUS Calif. officials recommend expansion of West’s largest hazardous waste dump. California regulators are recommending allowing a major expansion of the largest hazardous waste dump in the Western United States, even though some residents blame the dump for birth defects and have opposed the expansion, officials said on Tuesday. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said it has issued a draft expansion permit that would allow the landfill near Kettleman City…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/calif-officials-recommend-expansion-of-wests-largest-hazardous-waste-dump/2013/07/02/cfdbfb7e-e34e-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/02/3371013/calif-recommends-expansion-of.html http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-07-02/calif-dot-recommends-expansion-of-hazardous-dump http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/02/2790209/state-grants-preliminary-ok-for.html#storylink=cpy Decisions on toxic sites spark fury in 2 communities. In Vernon, a judge allows Exide to resume operations that had been suspended for alleged pollution violations. In the Central Valley, a state agency OKs expansion of a hazardous waste dump. A major toxic waste dump near a Central Valley hamlet is poised to expand, and a troubled battery recycler in Vernon has been cleared to reopen according to key decisions Tuesday that sparked fury in nearby low-income communities. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hazardous-waste-dtsc-20130703,0,949753.story OPINIONS COLUMN-Lesser-known CO2 storage idea merits attention: Wynn. Technology that would convert carbon dioxide from a scourge on the climate to beneficial products is inching towards commercial reality and is already cheaper than carbon capture and storage. CO2 can, in theory, be converted in the making of such products as concrete, plastics and minerals. (See Chart 1) There are major problems, however. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/03/column-wynn-co2-conversion-idUSL5N0F72FC20130703 Viewpoints: Climate action plan will help protect health. Climate change is already affecting our health in California, and the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world. Extreme heat is predicted to affect anywhere from 1.7 million to 28 million Californians by mid- to late-century, and even by conservative estimates, 420,000 will be exposed to coastal flooding. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/03/5541226/climate-action-plan-will-help.html#storylink=cpy See through high-speed smokescreen. Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA) has recently noticed the criticisms by some members of the press over activities to restrict funding to the California High-Speed Rail Project by local congressmen. CCHSRA would like to add factual evidence to support the decisions being made by Reps. David Valadao, Jeff Denham and Kevin McCarthy. Our organization has learned the following over the last two years: Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/02/3371482/see-through-high-speed-smokescreen.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Why Chevron is suing one of D.C.’s most powerful lobbying firms over…the Amazon jungle? It’s a monumental battle of wills, money and egos. The oil giant Chevron, the third-biggest U.S. Company by revenue, has sued Patton Boggs, the nation’s premier legal and lobbying firm, for concealing and promoting fraudulent information in a case that was born in the jungles of the Amazon. Chevron has also convinced a New York federal judge to allow it...Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/02/why-chevron-is-suing-one-of-d-c-s-most-powerful-lobbying-firms-over-the-amazon-jungle/?print=1 New rules for EV charging etiquette. The EV equivalent of spam is parking an internal combustion vehicle at a spot where there's a charger (also known as getting ICE'd), or leaving your electric vehicle in a charge space long after you've juiced up. Now that plug-ins are going mainstream, and municipalities from San Diego to New York City are installing charging stations in public places we've got to learn to play nice and share. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/03/new-rules-for-ev-charging-etiquette/ Congress could lower alt-fuel requirements in new Open Fuel Standard Act. Congress is considering a revised version of the Open Fuel Standard Act, an Act that was originally introduced two years ago but failed to pass. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan bill that would require more and more new vehicles to be able to run on at least some non-petroleum fuels. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/03/congress-could-lower-alt-fuel-requirements-in-new-open-fuel-stan/ LowCVP study identifies cost-effective options for cutting bus emissions. A wide range of technologies can cut carbon emissions from buses and provide a short-term payback at current fuel prices and subsidy levels, according to a new report prepared for the UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) by Ricardo. Overall, the study indicates that significant improvements in bus CO2 can be achieved in the medium to long term through development, incentivization (or regulation) and implementation of new vehicle technologies and fuels. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/lowcvp-20130703.html Worldwide Prius sales top 3-million mark; Prius family sales at 3.4 million. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that as of the end of June, worldwide cumulative sales of the Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (generations I, II and III) passed the 3-million mark. (The figure is based on worldwide cumulative sales through the end of May 2013 plus June sales in the US.) Total global Prius nameplate sales (the expanded Prius family) are at 3.436 million units. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/prius-20130703.html DOE releases draft of $8B loan guarantee solicitation for advanced fossil energy projects. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a draft for comment of an $8-billion loan guarantee solicitation for innovative and advanced fossil energy projects and facilities that substantially reduce greenhouse gas and other air pollution. The program is part of President Obama’s climate action plan. (Earlier post.) Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/doe-20130703.html