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ARB Newsclips for July 9, 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 Group to explain cap-and-trade lawsuit in Salinas. The Pacific Legal Foundation will hold a briefing Wednesday in Salinas on its lawsuit to stop the state’s cap-and-trade regulation. The PLF is a national organization with an office in Sacramento that provides legal assistance to efforts in support of property rights, free market economics and limited government. Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20130708/BUSINESS/307080035/Group-explain-cap-trade-lawsuit-Salinas California’s Market for Hard-to-Verify Carbon Offsets Could Let Industry Pollute as Usual. Timber, dairy and chemical companies line up to sell credits to biggest emitters One hot day this spring John Buckley scrambled up a dusty slope of a patch of deforested land in the middle of California’s Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Nevada, five miles west of Yosemite National Park…Posted. http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2013-07/californias-market-for-hard-to-verify-carbon-offsets-could-let-industry-pollute-as-usual#sthash.XDXOMc7w.dpuf Fearing 'ripple effect,' national group joins lawsuit contesting cap and trade. A nationwide business group has joined a lawsuit challenging the legality of California's carbon cap-and-trade program. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) yesterday filed a motion to intervene in Morning Star v. California Air Resources Board, a suit arguing that the Golden State's quarterly auctions of greenhouse gas pollution permits create an illegal tax. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984045/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Study: Air pollution cut northern China lifespans. A new study links heavy air pollution from coal burning to shorter lives in northern China. Researchers estimate that the half-billion people alive there in the 1990s will live an average of 5 1/2 years less than their southern counterparts because they breathed dirtier air. China itself made the comparison possible: for decades, a now-discontinued government policy provided free coal for heating, but only in the colder north. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SCI_CHINA_AIR_POLLUTION_LIFE_EXPECTANCY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324867904578593202873181028.html#printMode http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/08/china-environment-coal-idUSL6N0FE1W620130708 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/world/asia/pollution-leads-to-drop-in-life-span-in-northern-china-study-finds.html?_r=0 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-air-pollution-20130709,0,6561744,print.story http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/08/2798302/study-air-pollution-cut-northern.html http://www.voanews.com/articleprintview/1697885.html http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/09/news/china-air-pollution/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/08/3378911/study-air-pollution-cut-northern.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_23619992/study-air-pollution-cut-northern-china-lifespans U.S. EPA sues OG&E over work at Oklahoma coal power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sued Oklahoma Gas and Electric for failure to follow procedures required by the Clean Air Act while upgrading two coal plants in the state. The EPA said in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Monday that OG&E, a unit of OGE Energy Corp, failed to estimate emissions resulting from construction projects between 2003 and 2006 at its facilities. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/09/utilities-oge-epa-coal-idUSL1N0FF0PO20130709 China official defends "embarrassing" environmental protection ministry. China's environment minister said his ministry ranked among the world's "four major embarrassing departments" but defended the agency, saying it was hampered by overlapping functions in government, state media said on Tuesday. The comments by Zhou Shengxian are the latest in a string of blunt admissions by Chinese leaders that the country still has a long way to go in tackling pollution. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/09/china-environment-idUSL4N0FF1CR20130709 Las Vegas: Wildfire sparks air quality advisory, cancels fundraiser. A large wildfire burning in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas has prompted authorities to issue an air quality advisory through Sunday. Billowing plumes of smoke are visible both from the Strip and downtown Las Vegas. The Clark County Department of Air Quality issued the advisory Monday afternoon, noting in a news release that “unhealthy levels of air pollution are not expected to occur.” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-las-vegas-wildfire-air-quality-advisory-20130708,0,2525810,print.story CLIMATE CHANGE Old Tactic in New Climate Campaign. It was a single word tucked into a presidential speech. It went by so fast that most Americans probably never heard it, much less took the time to wonder what it meant. But to certain young ears, the word had the shock value of a rifle shot. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/science/old-tactic-in-new-climate-campaign.html U.S.-China talks aimed at 'practical cooperation' on climate. Climate change and energy analysts say they don't expect major new agreements between the United States and China when leaders meet this week for the fifth annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. The meeting tomorrow, to be led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, comes on the heels of a deal between the United States and China to curb super greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984047/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS ARB researchers evaluate in-use heavy-duty NOx aftertreatment systems, find elevated levels during certain lower-temperature operations. A team from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) reports on their evaluation of the in-use emissions performance of four different heavy-duty diesel engines certified to the MY 2010 or interim MY 2010 NOx standards over a wide range of driving conditions in California in a paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/arb-20130709.html FUELS Chevron wants more dialogue on Poland shale gas rules. Energy major Chevron (CVX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday it was committed to shale gas exploration in Poland though it wanted more consultation with the government on draft amendments to rules before they are adopted. Three foreign firms - Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/09/us-poland-shalegas-chevron-idUSBRE9680PS20130709 CSU gas emissions study won't ID polluters. A Colorado State University study of emissions from natural gas transmission pipelines is partially being funded by pipeline companies under an agreement that will keep their individual emissions information secret. The Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/12d6c6K ) reported Monday that six companies and an industry group are paying $150,000 each for the study of gas transmission lines, announced by CSU in June. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/CSU-gas-emissions-study-won-t-ID-polluters-4652301.php Everything You Need to Know About Keystone XL: Why Other Countries Care. By now, you have probably heard about TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. For even the most casual observer of the energy industry, this project has been the spark that has ignited political debates ranging from environmental hazards, emission of greenhouse gasses, and North American energy independence. In his recent speech on climate change, President Barack Obama made a point to speak about Keystone XL and what it means for the U.S. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-Keystone-XL-4652758.php Emissions regs could fuel a new LNG market for shippers in the U.S. As natural gas expands its customer pool among power generators and fleet operators, experts expect inland and coastal shippers will form a new market in the United States. Though fairly uncommon today, the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for powering ships is increasing in Europe, and the market growth there is beginning to pick up speed. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059984015/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DOE to modify rule phasing out fossil fuels in buildings, get appliance standards on track. The Department of Energy this fall plans to roll out changes to a stalled rule that would phase out the use of coal, natural gas and oil to power new and renovated federal buildings, according to a recently released regulatory plan that outlines the department's top priorities for the coming year. In addition to modifying the fossil fuel phaseout…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059984069/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES UPDATE 1-EU warns Germany over Mercedes car coolant. The European Commission has warned Germany it faces possible action over Daimler's refusal to remove a banned refrigerant from new cars, after France moved to block most Mercedes sales within its borders. France has halted registrations of non-compliant Mercedes models, the EU executive also confirmed on Tuesday, the latest sign of tension between Germany and its European partners over the direction of auto industry policy and regulation. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/09/eu-germany-daimler-idUSL6N0FF3RX20130709 In Europe, Greener Transit on Existing Infrastructure. Vienna is employing some old-fashioned technology to run shiny new electric buses wending their way through the narrow inner-city streets. The Austrian capital is switching from buses powered by liquefied petroleum gas to a novel, first-of-its-kind fleet of electric buses that run unplugged, go anywhere, and recharge their batteries using the overhead power lines of older trams. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/business/energy-environment/greener-transit-in-europe-built-on-top-of-older-infrastructure.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y Nissan to expand Leaf quick-charger program at dealerships. Nissan will outfit dealerships in 21 markets with fast electric car chargers to serve drivers of its Leaf. The DC quick charger is a significant upgrade to ChargePoint America’s Level 2 stations, which can take about four hours to fully recharge the car. Level 1 charging -- plugging into a standard household outlet -- takes between eight and 16 hours. But the DC units are expected to get an electric car back up to 80% capacity within 30 minutes. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-nissan-charger-dealership-20130708,0,7611407.story GM says new Corvette to get 29 mpg on highway. General Motors says the new Chevrolet Corvette sports car will get 29 miles per gallon of gas in highway driving. The 2014 Corvette Stingray has a 455 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that can take the car from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. GM says the car can get up to 30 mpg in "Eco" mode. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_23625358/gm-says-new-corvette-get-29-mpg-highway#ixzz2YZ8PowYK GREEN ENERGY Solar hydrogen production generates favorable energy payback – study. Mimicking photosynthesis in plants, researchers are working on ways to use sunlight to generate fuel from water. There are several approaches already in the works, but developers want to ensure that such devices are a net positive for the environment through improving efficiency, displacing fossil fuels or requiring less energy to make. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984046/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation Set Up To Preserve Electric-Car History. With more than 100,000 electric cars on U.S. roads--and thousands more added each month--advocates and historians are turning their attention to the last time cars with plugs rolled out of U.S. factories, almost 100 years ago. But as far as we know, there's no single museum or entity in the U.S. whose sole mission is to present the history of plug-in electric cars. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085434_historic-electric-vehicle-foundation-set-up-to-preserve-electric-car-history OPINIONS COLUMN-An environmental compromise for investors: natural gas. Americans are continually encouraged to raise their environmental awareness, but applying green principles to investing isn't easy - at least if making money remains a goal. Producing energy from renewable sources like wind and solar is notoriously unprofitable. But it may be possible to shrink your carbon footprint without shrinking your net worth if you compromise a bit…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/09/column-investing-gas-idUSL1N0FE0Q620130709 U.S. Frackers Can Save Millions of Chinese Lives. For years Chinese have been told that the blinding, sooty haze choking Beijing and other cities is the price of progress. All rapidly industrializing economies have endured appalling levels of pollution, officials say. They insist that the only alternative is to slam the brakes on China’s economy and consign tens of millions to poverty. Yet China’s appetite for energy is literally killing its people. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-08/u-s-frackers-can-save-millions-of-chinese-lives.html A Vote for a Carbon Tax. “Let’s Not Braise the Planet,” by Mark Bittman (column, July 2), makes an essential point: we humans must aggressively phase out our promiscuous use of fossil fuels. A way to do this that is gaining bipartisan support is a steadily increasing, revenue-neutral carbon tax. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/opinion/a-vote-for-a-carbon-tax.html Obama must walk a climate tightrope. The president's plan is pragmatic, hemmed in by Congress' unwillingness to act and the limitations of the law. President Obama had barely announced his new climate strategy late last month when the criticism began. The plan, which will regulate carbon pollution from the nation's power plants for the first time, is an important step in addressing global warming. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-freeman-obama-climate-change-20130709,0,2025646.story Don't Fear New Coal Rules. President Obama has announced new efforts to combat climate change, many of which will be directed at limiting the use of coal. That's a headwind for the coal industry, but new rules won't be as detrimental as many think. A Useful Point For example, the U.S. coal fired fleet is running at about 55% of capacity, according to coal miner Peabody Energy. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Don-t-Fear-New-Coal-Rules-4652816.php CARB is again crippling the California trucking industry. Just when it seems California's economy is turning around, the California Air Resources Board has found another way to cripple our fragile recovery. This unelected agency is determined to proceed with enforcing a regulation -- the Low Carbon Fuel Standard -- that could make fuel costs skyrocket and cause severe supply shortages. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_23619630/carb-is-again-crippling-california-trucking-industry http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23621548/carb-is-again-crippling-california-trucking-industry?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com BLOGS CarLab Mixes Natural Gas and Gasoline for More Efficient Vehicle. When engineers convert gasoline cars to run on natural gas as well, they typically install a large pressurized tank and figure that the driver will go 100 miles or more, use up the gas and then switch back to gasoline. But for cars in the United States, the idea hasn’t caught on. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/carlab-mixes-natural-gas-and-gasoline-for-more-efficient-vehicle/ Whatever happened to “green jobs”? If you watched President Obama’s major speech on climate change, you may have noticed a recurrent phrase: “our children.” The president said the word “children” 15 separate times in the speech. He also spoke repeatedly about “future generations” and how a sweltering planet imperils them. The threat of climate itself, meanwhile, garnered considerable scientific detail in the speech…Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/whatever-happened-to-green-jobs/ Efficient Cars: Emerging Clean Diesels May Give Electric Vehicles A Jolt. The beauty of efficient cars these days is that progress is being made on so many fronts. It’s a little like a horse race: first one technology surges, then another. Just when it begins to look like the future of personal transportation may be the electric vehicle, The Economist warns us not to jump to premature conclusions: the advanced (and clean) diesel engine is about to land on U.S. shores. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/07/09/efficient-cars-emerging-clean-diesels-may-give-electric-vehicles-a-jolt/print/